I think church family for the Christian is healthy. Fellowship, is important. And although a Christian can find other Christians to fellowship with outside the church, the church is where the fellowship is the strongest.<quoted text>
Also corporate worship. You support a church with your time and money, that church then can do missionary work to spread the gospel. open homeless shelters. even offer jobs. etc.
Also having someone a pastor, that has went to seminary college..or just devoted their whole life to studying the bible, is a potent leader to have as a resource for preaching and also for counseling.
Plus I think a institution like the church is important for many other reasons functions and abilities.
But I real. With Buddhism I see many people that from other religions like hinduism or islam...that dare not go to no church or even own no bible because they or they family will get killed. So they praise and worship Jesus...and they saved and sanctified.
So a church is not needed to save or keep anybody saved. That why I say it "somewhat" important. But a church is not a necessity for the believers, especially believers overseas.