I really like house churches

I really like house churches

I’ve been a part of 2 different house churches and I am sold on them more and more.  In Christendom we have books, tapes, seminars, conferences, colleges and seminaries to prepare people for ministry and church leadership.  We have vendors that provide ministry resources, teaching material, church growth helps and easily organized programs that guarantee success.  Yet with all these things there is so little change in the lives of the people. 

I’m in a house church for a couple of months and I see real change.  There is nothing profound or cutting edge about the church.  People get together, interpret and apply scripture together, sometimes we sing, sometimes we pray, sometimes we contemplate.  We ask honest questions and do our best to accept people where they at. 

That doesn’t mean it is always great though.  Remove most of the structure and baggage of regular churches and you are left with people and their personal baggage.  We begin to see the issues that hinder one another because we are listening and watching each other, not just the person up front.   

  1. #1 by Justin Baeder on December 9, 2004 - 1:10 am

    Me too.

    One of the disappointing things is that all the baggage doesn’t go away when you wipe away the institutional trappings. It’s still there, which means it’s a part of us rather than a part of our ecclesiology – again, disappointing, but good to know so we can deal with it.

    Good journey,


  2. #2 by dan on December 9, 2004 - 4:17 pm

    Yeah but part of the act of being a part of a community is dealing with people’s baggage and helping them to come closer to healing. The intimacy and vulnerability which can be created in true communities like this says much more about the christian ideal than standing in rows and singing songs (in my opinion).

  3. #3 by Justin Baeder on December 9, 2004 - 5:04 pm

    Oh, absolutely. This is where house churches really make a difference. It’s just disappointing to find that so many of our problems are internal to ourselves, rather than due to outside forces like church polity.

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