Simple/house church revolution book

May 29th, 2010

Over the last couple of weeks I have been reading Roger Thoman’s ebook titled, “Simple/House Church Revolution”. I have found it quite enjoyable and very easy to read.

In the first chapter he outlines a case for house churches and why they work. Things like they are Biblical, they empower all believers, they simplify the way church is done, they foster authentic community life, they free up finances for community projects and they are easily reproduced etc. After reading this chapter I was convinced.

However, it raised a couple of questions for me. 1. How do you start a house church? 2. What about meeting together when you first decide to begin? These are pretty big questions for someone who has gone to a traditional Sunday morning church for most of the last 20 years.

As I read through the rest of the book these questions were answered. It seems that starting a house church and meeting together is less about the gathering at first, and more about making connections with people and reaching out to them with Jesus’ love. It is about being missional in your everyday life in a natural way. It is about connecting with people and inviting them on a journey of discipleship or following Jesus.

It seems that once you have been reaching out and discipling people, then a natural gathering of people forms. This then becomes a simple/house church. Rather than gathering first focus, the focus is on reaching out and discipleship and the gathering is a natural extension of that.

I must say that I found this book very refreshing and one that really appeals to me. I have always enjoyed the smaller meetings in people’s homes rather than the Sunday morning event that takes place. For me personally the close relationships and genuine care that takes place in the smaller groups has always felt more like “church” to me. It has been about “being the church” rather than “attending the church”.

If you are interested in reading Roger Thoman’s book you can find it on his website here http://www.simplechurchrevolution.com/download.htm.

God Bless,

Dave