In the Bible the church is not defined but instead is described with pictures: a flock, a field, a family, a body, a bride, a branch, a building made of living stones. Never is it described by the pictures we typically have today: a building, a business, a school or a hospital. We have replaced an organic and life producing view with an institutional one that does not produce life but at best simply tries to preserve it and contain it.
The predominate way of seeing the church today contains, conforms and controls the people. The biblical pictures of the NT are all about releasing and reproducing the life of the church, not managing and controlling financial interests.
The church is not about control, ritual, formalism or religion. It is about mission, the presence of God among the people of God being equipped for the mission of God.
Jesus died for a people, not an organization. He left His great commission to us all, not just a select few. His teachings apply to all of us, rich and poor, educated and not, young and old. Ask yourself today after you get home from church. Was I equipped in some way to carry out God's mission or was I just given some information? Was I encouraged to participate or simply expected to sit and watch? Was I encouraged or merely entertained? Ultimately was I more on fire and enabled to take the Gospel to the lost after church than before? If you were not, why did you go?