• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • WHO IS HOME CHURCH FOR?
    11-02-2017

    Home Church welcomes any person that is genuinely seeking the Lord, or who is curious about God . We encourage anyone and everyone to attend a gathering to see what it is like. For those who choose to join the Home Church community formally, the only requirement is faithfulness to the primary weekly meeting.

    Because house churches are made up of only about twelve people (plus children), absences are noticed and felt much more significantly than in a larger church body. If you view each house church as a spiritual family (which is what they are), when members of a family are missing things just aren’t the same.

    We believe that God has given each and every person, believers and unbelievers alike, gifts and experiences that should be used intentionally. In the Bible we see the image of a human body being used to describe the church, with each member being a part of the body. We want the Body of Christ to be complete, lacking no vital pieces.

    For this reason, we do ask that members of Home Church remain as faithful as possible to the weekly gathering.

  • WHO IS HOME CHURCH NOT FOR?
    11-02-2017

    Home Church is not a spectator sport. Most of our experiences in church have been watching “professional” ministers do the ministry, while the congregation sits passively in the pews consuming the material that is being presented.

    In our church, we genuinely believe that each person has an active role to play . While we know that new believers will need guidance and training to be most effective, we also know that even the newest believer is capable of doing tremendous things for God!

    We will train and equip every person among us, slowly over time, to do the work that Jesus has called us to. This means that we must identify each member’s natural and supernatural giftings and strive to help each member put them to use in their day-to-day lives.

    When we breathe, we first inhale and then we exhale. Church is supposed to work in the same way. We breathe in truth from God and training from His Spirit, and we then breathe out what we have received in an active way.

    If you are in a season of your life where you only want to “breathe in,” but have no willingness to try and “breathe out,” this may not be the right time for you to join us.

  • WHEN DOES HOME CHURCH MEET?
    11-02-2017

    Home Church groups meet once per week for their primary gathering, and most members meet a second time for what is called a Transformation Group.

    Each of these meetings can take place any day, at any time. Each primary gathering lasts about two hours, plus the time it takes to eat a meal. Some groups eat during their meeting time, but most eat separately to focus on the meeting more fully.

    Transformation Groups last for about an hour. More information about both of these groups can be found on the following pages.

    Additionally, once per month there is an area gathering where all of the house churches in that area meet for worship, teaching, baptisms and communion.

  • WHO LEADS THE HOUSE CHURCHES?
    11-02-2017

    Unpaid leaders oversee each house church. Often when we think of a church a variety of full-time pastors and staff comes to mind.

    At Home Church, our model and format allow people of all kinds to lead a group of their own.

    Because the time commitment for a house church leader is essentially the same as that of non-leaders, anybody can lead a group!

    We do our best to train and equip our leaders to follow the core principles of Home Church, but again we do our best to train everyone in that way. In our house churches, while there is a clear leader, every person is an equal part of the group. In a traditional church setting, if a member gets sick or is in the hospital, often the Pastor is called on to make a visit for prayer.

    However, because a house church is a spiritual family, the whole family cares for one another. In the event a significant issue is present, the area leader (typically a licensed or ordained minister) is available to help.

  • WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO LEAD A HOUSE CHURCH?
    11-02-2017

    The primary requirement to lead a Home Church group is a willingness to be faithful. There are no educational requirements, and no specific experience is needed.

    Each new leader will be trained by other leaders and will have had plenty of time in an existing group or with another leader to provide all the training needed.

     

  • WHO PREACHES THE SERMON AT A HOUSE CHURCH?
    11-02-2017

    The Holy Spirit is our Preacher! Because the format of our groups centers around discussion and reflection, there is no sermon given.

    We have found that the engaging and dynamic nature of our model provides a much better opportunity for teaching and spiritual growth than a preached message.

    Additionally, this more fully enables all people to lead a group (if they choose), not only gifted teachers or preachers.

  • WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN? HOW DO MY KIDS FIT INTO THIS WHOLE THING?
    11-02-2017

    This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked. The short answer is that children of all ages fit right into the center of everything! Younger children are encouraged to play in a nearby room, or even in the same room as the meeting. Because this is a family gathering, it is expected that kids will sometimes interrupt the flow of things or cause distractions.

    Elementary and Middle School aged children are welcome to participate in the discussion time in the ways they desire, but are not expected or required to speak. Once a child reaches 12 or 13 years old, they are considered a participating member of the group (with parental consent).

    If a youth of about 13 or older has spent at least six months participating in a group with adults, they are invited create their own group for youth. Ideally, this group would meet in a separate room during the same time as an adult group.

    From time to time, we will have larger children and youth gatherings from all of the kids across the area network of churches.

  • HOW DO MY CHILDREN LEARN FROM THE BIBLE WITHOUT SUNDAY SCHOOL OR A YOUTH LEADER?
    11-02-2017

    It is our belief that it is primarily the responsibility of parents to raise their children up in the faith.

    We see this example in the life of Timothy, the young man to whom the Apostle Paul wrote the books 1 and 2 Timothy. Timothy’s grandmother Lois first became a Christian, and then his mother Eunice, who passed the faith down to her son.

    By a large margin, parents have a far greater opportunity (and responsibility) than any youth leader to raise their children to know the Lord.

    For this reason, we strongly encourage parents to model healthy devotional practices and to expect their children to read their bible and pray daily. Additional resources and guidance will be provided to parents to help them become better acquainted with discipling their children. In particular, we have a catechism program that is designed to help children learn biblical doctrine. Teachers are also available to come to a family’s home to personally train parents for this God- given task.

    Additionally, the children’s presence and participation in the weekly gatherings will be very fruitful.

  • HOW DOES WORSHIP WORK IN A HOUSE CHURCH?
    11-02-2017

    Each house church may handle this a little bit differently. If a group has a gifted musician and worship leader present, then music might be used (some of the time) for worship.

    Groups that do not have musically inclined leaders will take some time to pray out loud a prayer of adoration and praise. Remember: Worship is not about music; it is a condition of the heart and a posture of the mind.

    At the monthly gathering where all house churches meet, we will have a more typical worship experience to enjoy together. Groups who do use singing and music for worship are asked to provide printed lyrics to the songs so that all can participate.

  • WHAT ABOUT TITHES AND OFFERINGS? HOW DOES THAT WORK?
    11-02-2017

    Home Church is designed to enable believers to make the best use of the money that God has given to them. Because the house churches meet in homes and are led by unpaid group leaders, we do not have some of the expenses found in a traditional church settings.

    Because of this more affordable approach to ministry, we can invest more money in ministry opportunities locally, nationally, and globally than a traditional church.

    Home Church will specifically support global missionaries serving in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, in addition to using resources to help care for people in need within our community of faith.

    Funds will also be used to help offset the costs of books for our forthcoming Assisted Study Program.

    Home Church funds also are used to support the cost of having full-time staff to help oversee the network of churches.

    Members are encouraged to tithe or give as they normally would to a traditional church.

    Online giving options are available through the website, and other forms of donations can be give n at the large monthly gathering.