Is an inadequacy in Church structure a good excuse for superficial connection with other followers of Christ in a local church?
We must confront our tendency to make excuses and to find blame outside of ourselves for failing to connect as we ought to.
Be careful not to whine about “not experiencing community” as if it’s someone else’s fault.
You don’t always need structure or an event to experience community.
Structure vs. spontaneous:
The Church is an organism not just an organization. This truth should caution against overly structuring the life of a body of believers.
As an organism, the spiritual life or life generated by the Holy Spirit should lead to spontaneous ministries of the Spirit among Christians.
The Church is the habitation of the Spirit of God as he gives life, indwells, baptizes, seals, fills and gifts each individual member of the Church (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 6:19-20; II Cor. 1:21-22 I Cor. 12:3; Eph. 1:13; 4:30; 5:18-21).
Experience of the ministry of the Spirit is both a structured and spontaneous reality.
I am continuously learning about connections people are making in our Church and ministries occurring that were not organized and structured by leadership.
- Is it possible to stifle the ministry of the Spirit with too much structure?
- Is it possible to hinder the ministry of the Spirit by lack of organization and structure? (see: I Co. 14:26-33)
- Is it possible to overly depend on structures to accomplish the ministry of the Spirit?
- Where is the balance on this matter?
The formal gatherings of a local Church should be understood as important times of corporate worship and instruction where believers connect with each other and then carry those connections into the rest of life.
Instead of placing the calling of life together on formal and structured gatherings, the rest of church life (one another life) should be taught as the call of Christ for each member to obey in life.
Mutual caring and accountability does not necessitate being in Church buildings. Nor does it necessitate structured contact through programs.