During my time in Seminary, I felt ever more keenly the great weaknesses of the church: our apathy and worldliness, our troubles and tensions, our administrative and theological shortcomings, and blah blah blah. It can sometimes be difficult for me to believe that this church---this group of failing disciples---could turn the world upside down.
One morning I asked my professor, "With the apparent fall of denominationalism, what do you foresee as the future of our denomination?"
His reply: "This church started as a movement and it will end as a movement."
I never could figure out how that made me feel.