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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "Are You Really Saved?" Understanding Sin, Grace, Salvation, and Sanctification, published in 2014.

The Home Church Movement–Necessary or a Dangerous Trend?

Thursday on Stand Up For the Truth, we look at the growing “Home Church Movement”.  More and more Christians are opting to start up or attend home churches and fellowships instead of traditional churches.  Is the “home church” biblical?  Or is it a threat to institutionalized Christianity?

Have you started a home church or currently attend one?  Or do you think the home church movement is a dangerous trend?   Email us at comments@standupforthetruth.com and tell us why.

One thing we know for certain—the face of Christianity in our nation is changing.  What role does the home church or fellowship group play in these challenging and changing times?  Join us at 9am Central, Thursday on Stand Up For the Truth.


5 Responses to “The Home Church Movement–Necessary or a Dangerous Trend?”

  1. maxine #

    For most Christians, our concept of 'church' is wrong. The early Church met and fellowshiped in homes – not large, financially draining sanctuaries. I have two problems. I have been a Christian for 50 years; my husband, who has gone home to the Lord, was a pastor. Since his passing, I have been looking for a church. Being from a small town there are very few to choose from and they mostly fall into two categories. First, dry and ritualistic. The last one of these I attended had a communion service which lasted two minutes (plus the time to distribute the elements). There was no explanation, no reverance, no praise – nothing but chewing the wafer and sipping down the drop of juice. Then we were dismissed. The second type of church which is just is prevelant is the seeker-friendly. One church had an institutional kitchen which prepared breakfast every Sunday morning. The entire service was interrupted by adults and children going back and forth bringing food from the kitchen. I've attended two women's prayer groups. At the first one they prayed every week for the renewal of their youth, their beauty and financial blessings. The second became more of a talk time and sometimes there was no prayer at all.
    I do believe there is a need for home churches but I've seen it is vitally important there be a pastor. One who is called by the Lord, who loves the Lord, whose doctrine is correct and who can keep the sheep focused on Truth – not personal desires or experiences.

    March 25, 2013 at 5:15 AM
  2. Mr Davis #

    Wherever born again believers gather is the Church, reguardless of the activity. Even as individuals we ourselves are always representing Christ reguardless of the activity we are doing, and that is a sobering thought. Talk about our insufficiency, talk about our desperate need for the Holy Spirit to empower us to act and do rightly in His eyes in all things. Talk about how we constantly fall short and need to repent of our stuborness and rebellion against He who is by definition LOVE.

    We though our Sunday observance have obliverated our understanding that we are always Christ's embassadors. We are always on mission to call our fellow man to be reconcilled to God through repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. Without which no man can please God, nor shall they enter Heaven.

    If we find ourselves surrounded by "goats" our hearts should be broken and filled with compassion such that we preach the Gospel of Christ because of our own brokenness over their lost condition. That you are doing so when you are able, without disruption, for ours is a God of order and of peace, calling men to the obedience that comes by faith and the peace that only is found in Christ. Let your conduct always follow love, let the Cross be the offense and not your actions.

    When they persecute you for your testimony of the righteousness of God as revealed in Christ Jesus rejoice for so the world hated Christ Jesus and crucified Him and now you have shared in His sufferings. You have warned them and they have rejected God.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:38 AM
  3. Becca #

    I go to a home church (ours has a pastor) and as long as doctrine, right leadership, and Christlike love is lifted up, there shouldn't be a problem. House churches face the same issues as many large churches or churches who meet in buildings have: false converts and false doctrine. This is something that plagues every church, either one, the other, or both. If a church adheres to emerging theology, then sure that's a problem. But if a church meets in a home and is loyal to Christ, then this is not an issue. I believe that because of apostasy in many professing churches and because true churches are so hard to find, many are forced to start their own fellowships. Perhaps they are not churches but are Bible studies. I guess what's important to remember is that there is a remnant, both in house churches and in regular churches, and it should be false doctrine and sinful lifestyles that should divide us, not where we meet to worship God. Satan can use just about anything to distort the truth; the important thing is to be discerning.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM
  4. A couple of years ago I would have said necessary but potentially dangerous. Now I would say essential and potentially dangerous.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM