I’ve been at this house church planting thing for about 5 months now. But, I realized that I really hadn’t written anything about how we are as house churches. Just because I immersed myself in this stuff doesn’t mean everyone has, so hang on for three posts about my thoughts on the nature of house churches.
While I want to say that house church is better than traditional church, it would be more accurate simply to say we’re different. There’s a place for both traditional and house church options. For each of us, we do what we do not because of a commitment to a style of worship or the type of place we meet but because of our passion for helping people become fully human in the way God intended, otherwise known as becoming committed followers of Jesus Christ. I love house church worship for its simplicity. There are no worship planning meetings or rehearsals because worship arises out of sharing our lives. Everyone participates, bringing with them something that has been meaningful in their lives to share with others. It could be a song or a reading or poem or a story or a Scripture about where they have seen God at work in their lives. House church worship gives us the place and opportunity to share those things in our spiritual lives that we usually just comment about to ourselves. There’s space for us to work out together what’s really happening in our lives and maybe even what it means for us as friends together.