My wife and I have also struggled with what the Bible says church is, and what it is in reality. During a recent 2 week retreat, we read some books that helped clarify and crystalize what we believe are the basics. Not so surprisingly, your blog entry closely matched what we think the Scripture lays out:
Love God – Love People – Disciple Nations
We have watched with both frustration and grief the dripping (sometimes rapid) exodus of believers who are bored and disillusioned with ‘church.’ So we asked ourselves “who is doing church like this?” Let me propose to your (seeking) readers that if they cannot find the connections, then gather with those who will in your homes, at work, play, where ever and as often as you can.
And for those who are satisfied where they are, don’t rush to disparage others who don’t fit in your forms, because one day you may be wondering inwardly “church is working like before…” When that happens, seize it! because the Holy Spirit is prepping you for change!