The Church is an organism, not just an organization. This truth cautions 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 make in our Church and ministries happening 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/structured Church gatherings are important times of corporate worship and instruction. Believers connect with each other in these settings and carry those connections into the rest of life.
Mutual caring and accountability do not necessitate being in Church buildings. Nor does it necessitate structured contact through programs.