This is a great question that has interjected tension in church life for generations. So, it's not a new question, but certainly an important one.
How a church answers this question will determine everything about it. From how it operates and functions to how it spends its money. From what kind of pastoral leadership it seeks and follows to its measure of involvement in the community.
It's a great question and one that I hope we don't fully answer anytime soon because the tension it creates is healthy. It keeps us fresh and searching on our journey forward.
Here is an article for further thought.
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!