Guy at “the M blog” tells a story about helping a church experience a different way of meeting together in a post called “Isn’t it time we gave the church back to Jesus?” After being invited to “preach their Sunday evening message,” Guy led the church in a time of mutual teaching and encouragement. After describing some of the things they did together, he recalls:
By then we had gone well over the “30 minutes” allotted sermon time, but nobody was eager to break up and go home. After TWO HOURS of open sharing and Spirit-led interaction, I turned the “service” back over to the pastor of the church. He stood, thanked me (didn’t he mean the Holy Spirit?) for leading them in a most “interesting” evening. Everyone was then asked to rearrange the chairs back into rows. The offering was collected, and the pastor announced that next week they would resume their regular message series. What we had just experienced was simply an interesting Sunday night special program, but was clearly not the norm for the church to continue to meet in this fashion.
In this post, I’m not as concerned about the things that Guy led the church in doing together that night. Instead, I would like us to consider something more general…
Is it good or bad for churches to experiment in different ways of meeting together?