Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


The Church as a Sacrament

King of Peace on Christmas Eve

It turns out that I view the church as a Sacrament—an outward visible sign of God's inward grace. Sounds like a fair assessment to me:

You scored as Sacrament model. Your model of the church is Sacrament. The church is the effective sign of the revelation that is the person of Jesus Christ. Christians are transformed by Christ and then become a beacon of Christ wherever they go. This model has a remarkable capacity for integrating other models of the church.

Sacrament model


Servant Model


Mystical Communion Model


Herald Model


Institutional Model


What is your model of the church? [Dulles]
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If you came to Irenic Thoughts looking for something deeper theologically to chew on, try Father Steve's YouTube clip, which not only has pretty high production values and nice special effects (no kidding) it even makes a Great Theological Point:

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor


  • At 1/19/2007 1:35 PM, Blogger CSL said…

    Great little clip - what a sane approach.

  • At 1/20/2007 10:09 AM, Blogger Robin D. said…

    The quiz was very accurate to what I think about church. Here is my quiz score It is pretty much what I think! Cool!

    Your model of the church is Mystical Communion, which includes both People of God and Body of Christ. The church is essentially people in union with Christ and the Father through the Holy Spirit. Both lay people and clergy are drawn together in a family of faith. This model can exalt the church beyond what is appropriate, but can be supplemented with other models.

    Mystical Communion Model 72%
    Servant Model 72%
    Sacrament model 67%
    Herald Model 61%
    Institutional Model 11%

    One problem with it though. The comment that "this can exhalt the church beyond what is appropriate"... sounds a little paternalistic.


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