As I  travel, I ask this question and simply listen to other Christian leaders define church. The answers are intriguing.

What I hear most is that church is beautiful and amazing. Jesus made church so adaptive to what she needs to be that she can go into absolutely any situation and live well. Jesus’ work in giving us church is great.

In the U.S. (mostly), I occasionally hear church defined by land and buildings and numbers – numbers of people and numbers of offerings.

I do not read where Jesus used land or buildings or even numbers to define church, except possibly in Matthew 18 where Jesus said “where two or three are gathered.”

At Vision USA Church Planting, we have our own specific definition of church. This two-minute video explains how we process church and what church is in our network: