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What is the Church? Part 2

March 4, 2010

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What is the Church? Copyright, Gregg Qualls (

8 Essential Attributes of the Church:

You need these to be the true church.

The first 3 are reflective of the Trinity.

  1. Doxological – Oriented towards the Glory of God the Father.
  2. Christological – Focused on Jesus Christ, the son of God.
  3. Pneumadynamic – Empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit.
  4. Logocentric – Focused on the written word of God, the Bible.
  5. Covenantal – Gathered in “one-another” community.
  6. Confessional – United by a common personal and historical confession of faith.
  7. Missional – Both called and sent by God to proclaim and live the Gospel.
  8. Spatio-Temporal-Eschatological – Exists in a current (time) physical (space) reality while anticipating the hope of Christ’s return.

View Part 1 including a definition of the Church.

For more on “What is the Church,” there is a great series of posts on the Resurgence by a prof I had in Re:Train, Dr. Gregg Allison, titled “Missional Ecclesiology.” To learn more, visit the blog series at

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2010 10:24 am

    So, for example, if a church is not “missional” then it is not a true church, correct? If that’s the case, then are there more churches that are “missional” than they realize or are there far fewer churches, even within a confessional evangelicalism (,,PTID307086_CHID798774_CIID1411364,00.html), than we think?

    • May 14, 2010 12:48 am


      I really think both are true. I believe there are some churches that are more “missional” than they think, but the sad flipside is that there are also churches that are “evangelical” and “missional” on paper, but in reality are not true churches because they are not on mission at all.

      Being “on mission” comes with the territory in a community of believers who have been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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