The reality in the USA these days is that churches are all over the place in how they function. There’s what amounts to an idea that “anything goes.” This idea has led to the church in America being in a heap of trouble.
He likes a great deal of what Dave says.
Here at Energion Publications we’re publishing a number of books that look to the early church as a pattern for the modern one. Bruce Epperly also wrote about this in Transforming Acts: Acts of the Apostles as a 21st Century Gospel. We’re awaiting another manuscript, this time a study guide to the book of Acts.
Is there a pattern here? I can only hope!