Did Jesus actually start the church? Some say yes, he founded it.
Others say his disciples took the ball, changed it into something else, and ran with it.
Then there are those who question the historicity of the whole thing… that it is an entirely human endeavor inspired by the teachings of an itinerant teacher and founded upon his memory.
Then there are others who claim the whole thing is a conspiracy initiated by those in power to control its citizenry.
I remember many years ago enjoying a good church and saying to myself that Jesus was certainly there. Then there were other churches where I concluded he certainly was not. I now believe I was wrong in both cases.