People have lost faith in all collective institutions: government, corporations, the media, and the church. We are in the midst of a spiritual disaster, a flood of biblical proportions, and house churches provide lifeboats for people who are seeking a more authentic, life-giving form of Christian community.
Many people remember that the early church started in homes, but they don’t understand that house churches are still a legitimate and viable model today. House churches can create the intimacy so many people are hungry for. They can nurture life-changing discipleship for individuals and create justice-centered communities. Networked house churches can become truly diverse, multi-ethnic communities that spread the Gospel by emphasizing practices over programs. These communities de-center the preacher, opting instead for grassroots organizing, but they are not leaderless — they are leader-full. This book provides an alternative model for denominations and established churches to consider. It will help pastors reconnect with the traditions of community organizing, itinerant preaching, and discipleship training that sparked Methodism and other church movements in the United States. Church Comes Home offers alternative ways to look at some of the problems facing our church and our culture.
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Table of Contents
House Church Quick Start Guide xi
Part 1 Why Do House Church?
Chapter 1 What Is a House Church? 3
Chapter 2 Why House Church? 15
Chapter 3 Principles of Organizing House Churches 26
Part 2 How Do We Start a House Church?
Chapter 4 Assembling the First Group 45
Chapter 5 Worship in House Churches 51
Chapter 6 Discipleship and Leadership Development in House Churches 63
Chapter 7 House Church Homiletics 83
Chapter 8 Intergenerational Worship and Children in House Churches 89
Chapter 9 Growing the Church and Spreading the Word 94
Chapter 10 Group Dynamics in House Churches 105
Chapter 11 Connecting House Churches 110
Chapter 12 Oikonomics of House Churches 116
Chapter 13 Future Possibilities for House Churches 127