Richard Halverson was a well known Presbyterian minister, author and Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1981 to 1994. In recent years, his comment about the progression of the New Testament church from a fellowship to an enterprise has often been quoted an example of the need to re-discover the Church’s missional DNA. In five sentences, he captures 2,000 years of Christian history.
“In the beginning, the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church move to Greece where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And finally it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.”