In a recent post, I mentioned two problems we often face. We're given a choice between two things, and we're given the idea that one of the choices must be right. Also, in other cases, since we have two choices, we're given the idea that one must be wrong.
An example of the latter, and the point of this post, could be the false dichotomy that has been created in ecclesiology that tells us that church either has doctrine or community. It's as if both can't be realities. There has been much tension over the last few decades over the idea of community within a church body. Many who have left the traditional/institutional church complain about a lack of community. People go to church every Sunday, sit there, listen to a sermon preached by one person, and go home. There is relatively little interaction between people concerning the New Testament one-anothers. As a counter complaint, many within the institutional church claim these newer community groups meet to emote and have social interaction, but forsake doctrine and solid leadership. Much may be true of each complaint, but why can't both be part of church?
Why can't there be solid doctrine and good teaching while at the same time strong community bonds between the members of the body? I'm sure there can be.