Last weekend while attending the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas Annual Meeting, I met a pastor from Wisconsin. As I listened to him, it dawned on me that he never referred to his congregation as his church. He used several different terms to refer to it, but never church.
The one that I really picked up on was “worship community,” which he used to describe what most us would call his church.
What do you think of the term “worship community”? I’ve heard some people in Texas refer to their church as a “community of faith.” What do you think of that?
Are we playing semantics or is there a valid reason for using a word other than church?