“In the beginning (New Testament times), the church was a gathering of men and women around the person and mission of Jesus.

Then it moved to Greece, where the church became a philosophy.

Then it moved to Rome, where the church became an institution.

Then it moved to Europe, where the church became a culture.

And it’s finally come to America, where the church has become an enterprise.

The reason for this is that as the church has moved throughout the world, it has taken on the forms/structures that were dominant in whatever culture it went.

In the early church, the dominant organizing principle of the culture was the household…the family.”

~ Richard Halverson