Between tutorials the other day, I passed a noticeboard to which was affixed the following provocative slogan:
Church is a verb.
What are you doing with it?
Provocative, of course, as if you needed me to point it out, because ‘church’ is a noun.
Don’t you just shudder to think how many linguists must have passed that poster and vowed never to darken the door of said institution again? Outreach based on dodgy theology is, like, so passe. Now we have outreach based on trendy but utterly ignorant faux linguistic analyses.
Do your mind a favour and visit the Language Log. Geoff Pullum has some very choice things to say about this very problem. It’s about as coherent as saying “church is an atom!” “Church is a chromosome!” “Church is a sine wave!” “What are you doing with it, mmm?”