In my church I hold no title of any kind, and I'm not on the payroll. But sometimes I get called on to teach, wash windows, preach, sweep the parking lot, baptize, clean toilets, vacuum the sanctuary, and counsel people. What does that make me?
I think we all should be humble enough to admit that we have institutionalized traditions that are neither good or bad. Anyone out there got BCV for a pulpit? A microphone? An indoor baptistery?
Down the street here we have a COC where they believe it's a sin to have a kitchen in the building, because the NT doesn't authorize it. But if that's the case, they should look a bit closer: There's something else the NT doesn't authorize -- A building!
I don't understand how one is OK and the other isn't.
Since Jesus told us we should remember him regularly in the Eucharist, isn't it reasonable that we have a place to prepare it??