House churches

May 5th, 2008

One of the things I feel I have been drawn to over the last 12-18 months is the idea of a house church. House churches are small congregations of people who meet each week in a house rather than a church building. Many of the same things that happen in a traditional church happen in a house church, but it is just in a smaller space with less people. Typically you might find it is about 5-20 people that meet and share lives of faith together.

So why am I drawn to the idea of house churches? I guess I like the idea of being a part of a small group of people who share lives of faith together. I like the idea of being part of a large church with its resources, but I find the closeness and intimacy of relationship happens better in a small group. For me personally I have always enjoyed the small home group meeting during the week more than the hustle and bustle of Sunday mornings. I have found most of my breakthroughs have come during this smaller group.

The other thing is that a house church seems like a natural progression for us as a family. We are a home school family and we spend lots of time together in our small “clan”. We are not naturally drawn to big meetings with lots of people. Getting together with a couple of other families (or singles) each week and spending some time in fellowship, prayer, worship and learning together from the Bible sounds appealing.

If you are interested in finding out more about house churches, two of the resources that have really helped me learn about house churches are “Starting a House Church” by Kreider and McClung and “The church in the house – a return to simplicity” by Robert Fitts (links to the book itself in html).