A church meeting is supposed to be the prototype of an alternative lifestyle to popular culture, an actual demonstration of the values of the Kingdom of God, equipping people to live life like lights in the darkness–a spiritual support-group for overcoming our sins. It’s not supposed to be a mere religious lecture.
Instead . . . “Church is organized to protect a leader instead of to point to Christ . . . church is built around the pulpit ministry. Monologue is the primary means of communication–people passively listening to the pastor expound.” –Jim Van Yperen
Maybe church should be more than one man’s weekly professional presentation. Perhaps every church meeting should an open and participatory demonstration of God’s power and presence. See 1 Corinthians 14:26.