Today’s Reading – Acts 13-14
On their arrival, they gathered the church together and reported everything that God had accomplished through their activity, and how God had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.
Acts 14:27 CEB
You probably know the joke that goes: A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
Let’s be honest, we all know that business and committee meetings are the least favorite part of church.
We all have thought at some point that the meetings were pointless and that the church would be better off without meetings.
But then we see that from the beginning there were called church meetings!
That is exactly what is happening in this verse. A meeting to report the activity of the church to everyone. If it was important then . . . why would it not be important now?
I think we have allowed corporate culture to influence out church structure.
Therefore, we allow meetings behind closed doors to be places where backroom deals are made and plans are plotted behind backs (not that all corporate structures operate that way).
The intent of church meetings was to be transparent and celebratory.
People should know what the church is doing.
People should celebrate the work of the church.
Perhaps we still have something to learn form the early church?