â€œIt seems to me…. that what God is doing right now is dismantling the denominational systems as fast as possibleâ€ (Loren B. Mead, The Once and Future Church, p. 39).
Yesterday while I was teaching at my church, I took great delight in being frequently interrupted by people with questions, comments, and even quips. It makes the â€œpreaching eventâ€ fun, engaging, communal, and anti-authoritarian. I do not have all the answers. No one does, and all of us together donâ€™t either! But when we, as a community, gather around a text and try to understand it together, with anyone allowed to give input, it just seems, and I think is, more just, non-coercive, non-manipulative, and free. I personally agree with Meadâ€™s quote above, and think that the sooner we cooperate with the dismantling, the better off weâ€™ll be.