"Occasionally I will be in a church where a pastor-teacher will conclude the service by saying, 'Before we leave, does anyone have a word?' Can't we at least start there? 'Teach me. I am teachable.' Is that your leaders' attitude? It can be. It must be. Some day, praise God, the church will indeed become the community that the New Covenant promises (see Heb. 8), marked by fraternal instruction. Each one will know the Lord directly, 'from the smallest to the greatest' among us. The old, obsolete forms of Judaism will be replaced by new wineskins. This, I argue, is why Paul is so insistent in 1 Cor. 14 that our gatherings be highly participatory. It also explains why he spends so much time instructing us about 'body life.'"I've been invited to speak at churches that do something rather interesting, too. Discovery Bible Church, for example, in High Point, North Carolina asks whoever teaches from the Word on Sunday in the main gathering to stick around for 30 minutes to an hour to field some questions and allow everyone in the Body an opportunity to speak as the Lord leads them. They can agree, disagree, ask for clarification, ask for specific application, etc.
At Apex Baptist Church, our Life Group (not the main service) would easily yield to the Spirit's leading on any given Sunday. The Spirit could have been leading someone to call for prayer or the brothers and sisters would all raise certain prayer requests during the beginning of our time together, and this would lead the leaders of the group to yield. They'd say, "I think it's really clear what we need to do this morning. The Lord is redirecting us. We need to pray." Occasionally, the same group would start a lesson and before too long someone else was teaching the group. No one felt pressured to control the group or force getting through a PowerPoint. The Spirit was leading the group. It doesn't mean anyone would teach, although anyone potentially could given they were walking in obedience to the Lord (which involves staying in God's Word, not getting a weekly dose of it).
I think it is a place to start. "Before we leave, does anyone have a word?" You can have a word or a message and it not be prophecy. I'm a cessationist. I don't believe the revelatory and sign gifts are exercised in the life of the Body today. And guess what? I still believe that believers can have messages for the greater body at large. I believe that instruction and exhortation are not limited to the pastor who teaches. I think we have to remember that first and foremost "one is your teacher" (Matt. 23:8) and that any abiding believer in Christ who is being taught by the Holy Spirit through studying the Word of God (1 John 2:27; John 17:17) can bring a message to the Body. It doesn't mean that everyone should bring a message every single time the Body gathers. There should be a real sense of surrender and obedience in pursuing this part of the service. It shouldn't be done because the mic or floor is open. It should flow out of the Spirit's leading and direction.
What about doing what Discovery Bible Church does?
What about having a Life Group like we experienced at Apex Baptist Church?
What about asking, "Before we leave, does anyone have a word?"
What do you think?