The idea of House Church is a foreign concept in the United States. Not because house churches don’t exist or because absolutely no one knows what a house church is, but rather because they are few and far between in comparison to traditional churches. For centuries, the primary meeting place for churches in the United States has been a neutral building with a steeple, pews, & a baptistry. House churches are a contrast from the traditional church model of which I was a member for thirty years. Today I’m finding more people who are searching for a change. They are looking for a community of Christians they can share their lives with and that means spending hours upon hours together every week, not just dropping in and heading out and repeating the same routine over and over again. They’re looking for a place where they are connected and that means way more than attending a small group or gathering together for a potluck social once a month. Being a member of a house church means more time together up close and personal. There’s no coming and going without being seen or acknowledged. When you step into a house church, it should feel like you’ve come home and your Christian brothers and sisters have been waiting for you. They don’t just express that with a warm smile and a friendly handshake, but by giving their life to you.
The following list is not exhaustive, but merely serves as a means of providing insight into what I see and experience every week as a house church pastor.
- Authentic relationships rooted in Christ
- Discipleship is organic.
- One on one conversations with pastors in a comfortable setting.
- Nobody is in a hurry to leave.
- People stay & fellowship however long they want.
- Everybody is engaged in conversation.
- Everyone feels like they’re at home.
- Friends come over on Saturday to prepare for Sunday.
- Eating meals together gives us more time together
- The doors are always open