Is the Parachurch a Parasite?
Prof. John Stackhouse has written an interesting post on the so called “parachurch.” It is a good read and here is a quote to give you a taste of where the good professor is coming from.
These groups are usually, but mistakenly, called ‘parachurch’ as if they are not the Church (that is, the worldwide Body of Christ), but instead occupy a shadowy zone ‘beside’ the Church. I use the term â€œshadowyâ€ to allude to the suspicion and even outright hostility with which they are viewed by some Christiansâ€”not least by many clergy and denominational leaders. For such groups often are seen as distractions and diffusions of the Churchâ€™s resources, not least its money.
You can read my thoughts at Parachurch vs Church: A False Dichotomy.
(HT: Tim Abbott)