The church is young and persecuted. The people scatter and begin meeting in their houses scattered throughout the Judea and Samaria. However, the Scripture makes clear that the apostles didn’t scatter. The church scattered but the apostles stayed. How did the church survive without their “leaders”? The church didn’t die because it wasn’t dependent upon the “Sr. Pastor” to be there to spoon feed it. It thrived in homes led by elders overseen by the apostles in Jerusalem.
Who preached the sermons? Who led “worship”? Who organized the children’s church and the youth ministry? Who protected the doctrine and kept the “baptists, charismatics, the liberals or conservatives the pharisees and the saducees” and their influence out? Who did visitation and house calls? How did the church grow in a house without ordained clergy? who led the house churches?
How did they survive Saul? Acts 8:3 says, “Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”
What do you think and have our systems and structures helped or hindered the “making of true disciples”?
Have we relegated and surrendered much of what “the church” is called to do to the “pastor” and paid protector and propigator of the church?