Johnny Hart, creator of the comic strip, BC, defined prayer as “allowing God to have His will in your life on His terms.” That’s also a great definition of going “BC–beyond church.”
Church meetings are set up by the will and control of man. A person plans and directs them. However, to go beyond church we need to allow God to have complete control (to personally bring forth His will) by letting Him actually direct the gathering according to His terms.
How can we do that? It’s really quite simple. We trust what Jesus said in Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.” We allow the living, present Jesus Christ to speak to the hearts of the people in the meeting and tell them what to do. Then we allow them to do it.
When people meet to be patiently prompted & propelled by Christ’s presence, rather than to passively listen to the presentation of a prearranged program; the lost word of the Bible (ekklesia) comes to life in their midst. Glory, power, and love fill the place where they are gathered.
Ekklesia is amazing. One after another, as moved by the presence of Christ, people open up their heart and share powerful words, testimonies, prayers, and songs. Compassion and joy flow freely.
More about ekklesia @ this link.