WHAT ARE HOUSE CHURCHES?
House Churches are missional communities of 8 to 20 people that exist to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ. House Churches are called to commit to a rhythm of In, Out, and Up:
IN – Be the family of God.
OUT – Be the light of the world.
UP – Be redeemed by God.
House churches aren’t magic. The church is still full of messy people and we constantly mess things up. But the biggest perk of house churches is this: Everyone is known. It’s amazing how we are transformed when others truly know us, love us in our brokenness, and call us to be who we are in Christ. Whether you are dirt poor, never been to church before, or mature and ready to lead, the goal is still the same – to know you and help you know God. The goal is discipleship, not church membership. It’s way more fun that way.
WHY DO WE LOVE HOUSE CHURCHES?
- Spiritual growth happens most effectively in intimate, intentional relationships.
- People are known right away. You only have to come once and people will know your story.
- House Churches force leaders to be models of the faith rather than experts in content.
- House Churches appeal to those skeptical of the institutional church.
- House Churches exist in the neighborhood, forcing us to take our faith with us after Sunday.
- Those in need can be cared for as brothers and sisters, rather than recipients of services.
- House Churches can multiply and reproduce easily, with very little budget or structure.
- There are no pew sitters. It is very difficult to remain passive in a house church.
HOW ARE HOUSE CHURCHES DIFFERENT THAN SMALL GROUPS?
1) They are the primary, rather than supplementary expression of the church. As such they are commissioned to carry out all aspects of a church: Worship, prayer, leadership development, fellowship, caring for physical needs, teaching, outreach and evangelism.
2) They are not just for the ultra-committed, but for people on all points in the spectrum of faith. We believe discipleship is not the advanced course, but the one and only course Jesus laid out.
3) Emphasis on life discipleship, rather than programmatic content. House Churches are meant to be holistic incarnational communities where needs are met, forgiveness is practiced, and worship is pursued together.
4) Growth-oriented. House Churches are our vehicle to go out, rather than an add-on program for those already inside.
5) Diverse – House churches have people in different stages of life, so as to be the family of God, rather than an affinity group.
WHAT DOES THIS DO TO CORPORATE WORSHIP?
We still believe that corporate worship is an effective means to connect to God. As such, we continue to have community gatherings once per month. However, on its own, corporate worship is more likely to produce consumers rather than mature Christ-followers. People need to be in smaller, intentional communities.
WHAT ARE OUR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR HOUSE CHURCHES?
- We pray that in the right time, our house churches would multiply, not just making new meetings, but making disciples.
- We hope that through House Churches, mature Christians would get real opportunities to lead and grow in faith.
- We hope that immature Christians could be given tangible roles, called into mission, and shown, not just told, what abundant life is.
- We hope that those in need could be lifted out of poverty, not through handouts, but by a loving community that supports and encourages them every day.
- We hope that those far from God would be engaged and invited not just to church, but into the gospel life. We pray that many would come to know the transformative love of Christ.