|Was discussing with my Listening Group today the concept of house churches. We've been having some really fantastic discussions in there and I know I've really appreciated it. I think our church is really on the verge of branching out into some new exciting stuff, and I'm really pleased by the level of excitement about mission stuff-as thats totally my passion.
I was questioning the perception that house churches were just a means to an end, the end being hiring out a hall, then buying a building of your own, then trying to attract people to that building... (OK so maybe that bit isn't always expressed, but I think thats often the mindset when you have a building?)
I personally don't see house churches, or smaller services in cafe's or wherever, as only a starting point. The Acts model of church doesn't seem to do house churches just so they can then grow and move out of those houses.
Totally different situation, but the church in China is just growing off its nut, and they only meet in house churches. And us Christendom model churches with our big congregations and sitting-in-rows is in decline. Theres heaps of other factors, but I think thats a contributing one.
I'm not poo-poo ing big churches and buildings, just re-iterating my feeling that they are not the only way, and need not be the aim of all church plants.