Yahshua said: "...upon this rock I will build My ekklesia; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18Traditional "churches" in America today embrace a man-made"corporate-institutional" model rather than the biblical model of the "ekklesia" Yahshua Messiah personally established.
The ekklesia established by the Messiah (Yahshua) gradually evolved into man-made corporate institutions called churches. Today's churches operate under a hierarchy of authority and power that negates the intended equality and unity of individual disciples and also promotes division and competition within the body of Christ. Within each corporate church division people are intentionally divided into two distinct "classes" of Christians known as clergy and laity - better defined today as "pastor" and "congregation."
"The term ‘laity’ is one of the worst in the vocabulary of religion and ought to be banished from the Christian conversation." ~ Karl Barth