The biblical model for the church

An organizational challenge by Howard Snyder

A charismatic or organic model is one marked by community, interpersonal relationships, mutuality and interdependence. It is flexible and leaves room for a high degree of spontaneity. The Bible gives us such a model for the Church: the human body. . . . All biblical figures for the church suggest a charismatic and organic rather than an institutional, model: tree, vine, flock, family, nation, household and even the living and growing “holy temple.”

~ Community of the King, p. 67


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