Church Comes Home: Start a House Church Network Anywhere

Church Comes Home: Start a House Church Network Anywhere

by David L. Jr. Barnhart

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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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ISBN-13: 9781791007348
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 702 KB

About the Author

David L. Barnhart, Jr., grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Holmes Street and Trinity United Methodist Churches. He and his wife, Angela, have a son named Leo. David went to college at Oglethorpe University, earned his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, and finished his Ph.D. in Homiletics and Social Ethics at Vanderbilt University. He currently serves as associate pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where he leads Contact, the contemporary worship service, and directs his church's mission and outreach programs.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

House Church Quick Start Guide xi

Terms xiii

Introduction xv

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

Bibliography 131

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