John 7:14 "Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the Temple, and taught"
Most people hate (or love) church because of the floor show.
"What was sister Bertha wearing today", or "Did you hear the choir?" are all most people can talk about after the services.
Most of the rhetoric has become a symbolic exercise done by rote.
But what about having a small building with one bible.
Everyone could take turns teaching and defending what they've learned in the past week.
There would be no official "leader" - only he who was appointed as having to teach on the topic given for that week.
The group could take up a collection to be given to any member of that group who may need financial assistance.
If no one could be found among them - they could decide on a charity or foundation to which to donate that week's collection.
Even if one discounts the ceremony and tradition involved in most formal contemporary churches - they could still take away moral, social or historical lessons from the newer (but seemingly original) versions of these sessions.
If an "unlearned" man such as Christ could just stand before the Temple during his times - when did we decide to give the power over our own salvation to "leaders" who don't know anything about our lives?
When did being a profitable church become more important than being prophetical?