Church Outside of the Box

 Mark Batterson, lead pastor of D.C.-based National Community Church spoke recently about the importance for Christians to live out their faith beyond simply church attendance.

"A church that stays within its four walls is not a church at all…you can't go to church because you are the church…we believe that your job is your pulpit, that your colleagues are your congregation. This isn't about a religious duty each weekend, it's about living out our faith Monday through Friday," said Batterson during last Sunday's sermon.

In talking about the church, the pastor said it should position itself to thrive "in the middle of the marketplace." He also emphasized that the church needs to be the most creative place on earth.

"What gets us up in the morning is the fact that there are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet," said Batterson. "If you want to reach people that no one is reaching, you have to do things that no one is doing."