It seems that the days of small churches attended by those in the immediate community are gone. Churches are now huge, and people often pass a number of churches in order to get to their "flavor" of a place to worship. This seems to have caused problems. Churches are run like businesses, often catering to what the customer is there for, changing out workers when one isn't seen as a team player, and sidling up to the proper powers that be in order to push through permits and gain helpful favor to benefit the business in case trouble arises. If one joins a church with all seriousness, rather than as spectators, they get involved and quickly discover that the place that seemed so wonderful at first has major problems. The leadership may be too small and powerful, disagreements are leading to deacons, youth pastors, etc. leaving the church or being asked to leave, and so much more. The underbelly is pretty messy. It seems to me that many churches in the United States are a mission field, rather than a place for people from the mission field to gather. Our churches need to get back to basics, remember and renew their original purpose, and function like a family rather than a business model learned from those whose primary goal is cash flow. Why? Because what is happening now is very obviously not working. Churches should be the backbone of a nation, a voice crying out, a place people run to for safety, rather than something disjointed, confusing, and a source of pain not only for those seeking answers, but for those who make up the church.