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Common Questions & Answers about Micro/House Churches

 

What is a Micro/House Church?

A Micro/House Church is a Bible-based church, operating in a small group setting, often in homes, pursuing simple devotion through to Christ fellowship, outreach, Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship, etc. Such small groups are fully capable of experiencing God because Jesus said He would be present whenever two or three people are gathered in His name (see Matthew 18:20).

 

Is House Church Real Church?

Yes, it’s real and its biblical. There are several scriptures that show how the early church in the Bible met in small groups, primarily homes. These references are found in the Apostle Paul’s correspondence to fellow believers. The house church concept can be seen in Philemon 1:2, 1 Corinthians 16:19, and Colossians 4:15. We also read in Acts 20:20 that the Apostle Paul taught early believers publicly and from house to house.

 

Why House Church?

There may be many reasons people like the small group/house church concept. Here are a few:

  • Informal Atmosphere. The simple informal atmosphere of a small group provides the opportunity for people to relax and be themselves more so than in a public meeting.
  • Relationships. Small group gatherings allow for more participation and interaction of the members, which leads to real relationships.
  • Meeting Times. House churches are more flexible making church more accessible for people with conflicting schedules.
  • More Economical. House churches do not have the ongoing expenses of buildings, repairs, utility bills, etc. Instead of building bigger and bigger buildings, growth is accommodated by starting new house churches. This frees up the tithes and offerings of members for other projects that more directly affect people’s lives.

 

Are House Churches Part of Something Bigger?

Yes. Like individual people, individual churches are technically independent, but are also connected to others. It is healthy to relate to larger relational network to receive the benefit of other ministry gifts and broader experience. We are building a network of Churches who share a common vision and mission, and we come together from time to time for larger meetings. This also allows us to work with others to support missions and carry out other ministry projects that might be too much for an individual micro church.

 

Who Are The Leaders?

Churches who are part of the this network receive input from a board of directors led by Pastor Brad Sherman. Pastor Sherman has over 40 years of ministry experience and is known around Iowa. The decentralized House Church model helps facilitate practical leadership experience for more leaders and the equipping of people to do the work of ministry according to Ephesians 4:11-12.

 

Is There a Common Vision and Direction?

Though each group will have its own personality based on the uniqueness of its members, this family of churches share a common vision and mission, which involves preparing the way for the Kingdom of God to appear on earth. The leaders are trained according to this mission.

The common vision revolves around the Jesus Christ as the coming King and preparing the way for the kingdom of God to appear. One of the main functions of this web site is to provide kingdom-based teaching material.

 

For more information on the House Church Concept, see Lessons 26 and 27 in the Destiny 101 Study on this website