The work of Jesus was not a new set of ideals or principles for reforming or even revolutionizing society, but the establishment of a new community, a people that embodied forgiveness, sharing and self-sacrificing love in its rituals and discipline. In that sense, the visible church . . . was not the bearer of Christ’s message; it was itself to be the message.
– Stanley Hauerwas (via Tim Keel, Intuitive Leadership. 156)