Besides the focus on Sunday, there’s another dangerous practice that I think is hindering the church (in general) from growing and maturing in Christ.
What practice is that? The reliance on one person’s service. Or, in the case of a team of leaders, the reliance on only a few people’s service.
Among most churches, meetings (i.e., “worship services”) could not happen, programs could not be planned, teaching would not occur, discipleship would falter, the church would not be the church if the leader(s) were not present. This is a problem.
Instead, as we read in the New Testament, leaders are simply more mature believers among the church. They are not the basis of all service, teaching, etc. among the church. Are they important? Yes! Would the church “shut down” without them? Absolutely not!
And, the church would not have to find a “supply” preacher if one of the leaders became sick or was out of town. How strange that would seem to the church in the New Testament!
In order for this to change in the church today, two things would have to occur almost simultaneously: 1) Leaders would have to give up their control over everything that happens among the church, and 2) Others (non-leaders) would have to get out of the pews (or chairs) and begin serving one another.