The word church comes from the Greek word ekklesia which is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones” so according to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Our society has benefited from the traditional brick and mortar church building as a beacon of light in its presence and mission. However, we know that today’s lostness is in need of a cooperative partnership of biblical minded leaders planting various types, sizes, styles, and approaches to being the church in the darkness of our communities.
So whether you are an ordained minister or a layman with a pastoral calling, why not start a house church and answer God’s call on your life to contribute to the Kingdom of God?
A house church is not a one-size-fits-all or a cookie-cutter singular approach, but rather a zero-budget mission that is developed organically according to God’s leading and your calling. You can read more about my thoughts at my House Church category or at CrossHope Chapel’s Sideways Church page but let me just share some simple thoughts for your prayers and planning…
First, start with a call upon your heart. God uses pastors in His ministry and house churches that are led by pastoral care leaders are certainly following the biblical example (read my post on “Pastoral Calling“) that best feeds God’s flock.
Second, I suggest starting by forming the foundations of beliefs, mission, and values of what your house church will be and look like. Too many house church formations in America are led by disgruntled church members who only want to start something different than what they’ve left – start something that God has defined in your heart so clarify that on paper. Another reason you want to form some definition and identity for your house church is because some house church gatherings avoid organization and end up as an all-day event led by whims and weirdness.
Third, don’t do house church on smaller scale or in a smaller way than you did at the corner Baptist church. A house church is not defined by its program, liturgy, attendance, size or location, but by its basic biblical format and purpose which allows for variables within each individual house church fellowship. It’s simple, with the basic Acts 2:42 format of Bible teaching, prayer, song, and food. It’s purpose is a regular gathering that serves as the primary spiritual community for two or more people (Matthew 18:20) for the purpose to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord” (2 Peter 3:18).
Are you considering starting a house church or small group gathering that may eventually become a house church? Please contact me if you have any questions.