A question often asked is ‘what it church?’
Why do we meet?
When and where do we meet?
How do we meet?
What do we do in our gatherings?
Who leads? Who governs? Who teaches?
Where do apostles fit in church? What about prophets?
What is the role of elders in church?
And what about the role of women in church?
I have shelves of books about who does what in church. Some go in to detail about what to call people who have more than one five-fold office (they’re supposed to be called hyphenated apostles, or whatever their major gifting is).
There have been volumes written trying to define positions in church, not to mention countless conferences explaining who’s who in church.
It seems this is majoring in the minors. We are the church. So how do we be the church in a way that impacts our world? Continually tweaking the meeting styles and positions is not having any impact except to keep the focus internal.
Why have we done this? It has been easier to try to perfect the organization than to get out and be the church. The more inward the focus is, the more we minor in the details of church life.
I would love to see us learn to be the church in the world without all of the miscellany that distract us from the mission at hand.