Everything worldly is a double-edged sword. One cannot simply depend and focus their energy on any one thing on earth. Some people, especially new Christians, are solely in need of guidance through the learning of the spiritual life of a Christian that they solicit the help of those who have been conditioned in the faith.
But one cannot rely on or use as a crutch any church establishment in the strengthening of their faith. Just as we learn the steps for Zumba, and afford the help of a personal trainer, eventually we get into the groove and are able to do it by ourselves to reap the benefits of getting fit.
The process is the same with spiritual strength. New Christians are led to God, and eventually, through the help of the Holy Spirit, their relationship with God grows stronger and stronger every day. Eventually, they become wise believers and like a bird departing from its nest, has the wherewithal to fly on its own and succeed.
I do not minimize the role of the religious organizations as a necessary stepping stone and in providing valuable services, but their role stops there. It is when we begin to ripen to rot in the church but are not able to fly on our own that we encounter stagnancy. No longer are we growing spiritually but fall back into the worldly existence, again surrounded by fallible people. We need to recognize if we are to volunteer and be active in the church organizations that our service is for the furtherance of God's kingdom, not for people or to appease them.
Those types of people or cliques become the cancer that sends the church crashing down turning new christians sour about the church. The church members' role is to bring people together and not cause separation from each other and eventually from God.
Until my next rant... LOVE ONE ANOTHER!