Here's a great quote on the church from Bill Hybel's book Courageous Leadership.
"There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right.
Its beauty is indescribable.
Its power is breathtaking.
Its potential is unlimited.
It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community.
It builds bridges to seekers and offers truth to the confused.
It provides resources for those in need and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, the disillusioned.
It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world.
Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness."
Wow! I know that no church is perfect. But, how is something like this even possible? It's possible because the church is the body of Christ and with Him, all things are possible (Matt 19:26). I'm glad I'm part of the church.