The Church as a Network of Spiritual Directors

We use the word “church” to mean a lot of things.  The people of God.  The structure where we meet to pray.  The hierarchy that leads.  The tradition handed down.

What if, when we said church, our default definition was “a network of spiritual directors”… a tribe bound together by the tender cultivation of another’s (as well as their own) journey to know themselves as loved sacramentally?  

If this was the default definition, how would this shift our priorities?  How would this shift our inner lives?