Wednesday, October 12, 2005

2 MORE REASONS: THE HOUSE CHURCH

As I've been researching the House Church model, I've discovered two more great reasons why I prefer the House Church way of "being church":

1- EVANGELISM: If a mega-church of 1,000 or more people were converted into 56 churches of 51 people each, they would reach 1,670 people for Christ every 5 years, easily doubling their own number.

If that same church of 1,000 plus members stays a mega-church, they’ll only reach 122 people in the same 5 year timespan.

Another way of looking at this is that the mega-church is actually preventing 1,548 people from coming to Christ every 5 years.
*(Taken from the book "Natural Church Growth" by Christian Schwarz)

2-FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: The House Church model literally makes money because they produce more than they consume, by design. The modern, traditional church model cost enormous sums of money to establish and even more to maintain and propagate.

3 comments:

andytheoutlaw said...

My mouth is watering for a house church. I'm going off to college in a year, choosing where I'll be on Sundays, and I hope I can find one.

I hope you're on to something.

The Bishop said...

We've just started a house church, and we're hoping it will take off soon.

Mongy said...

Brilliant! So encouraging to know there are others "out there" who share my gut feelings of what church really should be... can I suggest you check out http://www.gregaustin.org (Genesis 2k) and read the article about Emerging Church. A good read is Pete Wards Liquid Church and the latest Barna publication "Revolution".... Biggest problem faced is finding others who are dissatisfied with the way things are going at church and getting them into house church,,,,, and of course, the local politics with other churches when one sets up a house church in a small town.... any suggestions? By the way we live in England :o)