What makes the church the church? It is the same thing that makes me a Christian, and the same thing that makes you a Christian. Christ in me, and Christ in you. Christ is only present in His church, His called out ones, the ones who bear His name and who are being transformed into His image. He does not abide in the world, but is present in the the world through His church.. So when we are gathered together to meet corporately, what then makes the church the church? What should stand out about the gathering? It is the presence of Christ. So no matter the music or the dress, whether high church or low church, city church or cowboy church, African or Asian or American church, we should experience the presence of Christ.