Let's talk about hierarchy and titles. I am teaching a course right now in which there is someone who has a church title. This person insists on putting that title on whatever is turned in. This annoys the snot out of me. I have been trying to view it as a cultural issue. In many Latino and Black churches titles are important. Pastor is revered and honored. Sister, Prophet, Apostle, and Elder are all titles that I have seen used. I honestly do not know what they all mean and why these distinctions are necessary. What I do know is that I have seen many people with these titles not be people of God. I've encountered people without a title who are pastoral and insightful. I do not put much stock in titles. It does not make me respect you; insisting on a title does quite the opposite. If you need the letters before or after your name it indicates a level of insecurity that craves acknowledgement of your position and importance.
Last Sunday I visited a Friends Meeting here in Chicago. I haven't been to an unprogrammed Meeting in years, probably over a decade. It was strange and good all at the same time. We were silent for about an hour. Well, those of us who showed up on time were silent for an hour. The organization was a bit... shaky. The people were very nice. It was a very different style to how I was raised though. Also, I miss singing. Overall, I do not think it will become home but I might visit again. There is another larger, more stable Meeting a bit north so I might try them out as well.
Friends, as you may or may not know, are very egalitarian. While the churches in which I grew up were planned and had a person delivering a message, there was still that sense of equality. I like that and value that in a church and in an organization. No one is worth more than anybody else. We all have work to do. It is important.