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What is a Home Church?

The church ISN’T a building, the church is a gathering of Believers in Christ (Matt. 18:19).  The reason we meet in homes is to follow the example of the early church.   Home churches are not part of a denomination and are completely self-autonomous under Christ and Him alone.  They are not against other Christian gatherings but support them in prayer and finances.  

What is the objective?

It is NOT to be like a traditional church, it is NOT to focus on increasing “numbers”, it is NOT to focus on “the building”, it is NOT a social gathering.  It is NOT to focus on staying forever, but for them to go out, take what they have learned and help others.  The main focus is to make disciples of Yeshua – in Holiness and winning the Lost through the Power of God. 

Why Gather in Homes?

The main purpose is accountability – as it is not easy to hide or slip through the cracks.  People get to know each other on a personal level during the service and fellowship after.  Thereby it fosters a closer relationship of love and caring for another.   

What about Accountability (leadership)?

Who is part of home church?

People who are passionate for Yeshua; have a desire to reveal Him to others; and to their children.  They acknowledge that God’s Word is the overriding authority and are prepared to sacrifice their traditions and lifestyle to do what He said (2 Tim. 3:16).  The Media is not their god thereby they try to set their mind on things above and not on things of this world.

Why Home Church vs. Traditional Church?

To line up with the Book of Acts, to drive true accountability, to love one another beyond surface hello, to help focus our finances and effort in the right areas (not building or programs or entertainment).  We encourage children to be an active part of it by listening and asking questions.  Those who are too young will play in the adjacent room with one of their parents.  Everyone has the freedom to ask any question in order to drive unity and growth.  Due to the persecutions, gatherings historically were not open to the public but by invitation only.  They met in homes.

  • Acts 8:3 – As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison
  • Rom. 16:5 – Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 16:19 – The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
  • Col. 4:15 – Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house.

 Church leaders talk about the early church

  • Ernest Loosley, When The Church Was Young “When the church was very young, it had no buildings. Let us begin with that striking fact. That the church had no buildings is the most noticeable of the points of difference between the church of the early days and the church of today. In the minds of most people today, “church” means first a building, probably something else second; but seldom does “the church” stand for anything other than a building. Yet here is the fact with which we start: the early church possessed no buildings and carried on its work for a great many years without erecting any.”


  • Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century “There is no biblical norm as to where, and where not, the church should meet. The central fact is that the early concept of the church had no connection with a church building. The church was something else: a group of Christians drawn together by the Holy Spirit in a place where they worked together in a certain form…”

Final Thoughts on Home Churches vs Buildings

  • Howard A. Snyder, The Problem of Wineskins “Theologically, the church does not need temples. Church buildings are not essential to the true nature of the church. For the meaning of the tabernacle is God’s habitation, and God already dwells within the human community of Christian believers. The people are the temple and the tabernacle… Thus, theologically church buildings are superfluous. They are not needed for priestly functions because all believers are priests and all have direct access, at whatever time and place, to the one great high priest. A church building cannot properly be “the Lord’s house” because in the new covenant this title is reserved for the church as people (Eph. 2; 1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 10:21). A church building cannot be a “holy place” in any special sense, for holy places no longer exist. Christianity has no holy places, only holy people.”



  • There is really no limit, however for a home church, the suggestion is 3 to 70 people.  The leader facilitates discussion and ensures those who are quiet have a voice.  
  • Children attend – all ages.

ELDERS (Only):




Ideally have chairs in a u-shape, NOT rows.




The Gathering can be held any day and any time, however the following guiding principles:


There isn’t any specific agenda, allow Holy Spirit to lead.  DON’T formulate an agenda!  Here are some suggestions only – may do one or all or none:




BY INVITATION (not open to the public)



Fundamental Pillars of Growth and Living in Christ

7 Comments on “HOME CHURCH

  1. I really liked the video called Rethinking Church, from Francis Chan, under the title Early Church. It’s very descriptive and offers a biblical perspective of what a church is:
    1- A loving group of people (like a family);
    2- Having for mission to get the message out to the people (the Great Commission);
    3- Gathered to focus on the body and blood of Jesus Christ (the Communion), devoted to praying and fellowshipping with one another, learning the Word of God;
    4- Equipping and training for ministry and serving the Lord.

  2. I’ve been part of a house church for the past 18 months and it’s has completely changed my life. I have learned more, done more for God’s Kingdom and grown more in my faith in my time at the house church than the last twenty years in institutional churches. Praise God!

    It’s great to see all these other house churches especially the ones in China. They have so little yet spiritually they are thriving.

  3. I used to be a believer in the message of William Branham for 14 years. One day something supernatural happened since then I began to question my beliefs and realized that they seem to be all based on a man. I seems that the assembly has given way to strange teachings that are allowing darkness to creep in. I have resisted going now for about three years. But all is not well I feel so alone and lost I need fellowship but how can I go back there. I am looking for Bible fellowship.

  4. Hi Susan/Paul, don’t blame William or any teacher, cowards do this and you are not one. Paul said we are to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). Therefore Christian leaders are good examples for us to learn from not run from. I’m part of a home gathering that is on fire for Yeshua, not only hearing God’s word but doing it…. the only doctrine is “Imitate Christ”. Simple – Be Holy, Walk in His Power and Save the Lost. Be the change you want to see in others.

  5. The Home Church in today’s world seems to be expanding more and more, and I’m so happy to see this 🙂
    Nothing against the church as a building… But it just seems that when you let go of tradition/religion and simply focus on the life of Jesus Christ, you will begin to find the freedom and power that He promised.

  6. Fastest growing Church is the Home Church like the early Church (China an example today). The home Church is the original model of the church structure in the Book of Acts empowered by Holy Spirit. It drives accountability and love for one another above the surface hello.

  7. Home churches are actually home gatherings, as the church is people is not buildings. Home churches are the Biblical model for accountability, growth and evangelism. However there is a place for the large gatherings too – mega churches if they can break down into small groups or life groups or cell groups. This is what Wikipedia has on home churches or house churches – A house church or home church is a label used to describe a group of Christians who regularly gather for worship in private homes. The group may be part of a larger Christian body, such as a parish, but some have been independent groups that see the house church as the primary form of Christian community.

    Sometimes these groups meet because the membership is small, and a home is the most appropriate place to assemble, as in the beginning phase of the British New Church Movement. Sometimes this meeting style is advantageous because the group is a member of a Christian congregation which is otherwise banned from meeting as is the case in China.

    Some recent Christian writers have supported the view that the Christian Church should meet in houses, and have based the operation of their communities around multiple small home meetings. Other Christian groups choose to meet in houses when they are in the early phases of church growth because a house is the most affordable option for the small group to meet until the number of people attending the group is sufficient to warrant moving to a commercial location such as a church building. House church organizations claim that this approach is preferable to public meetings in dedicated buildings because it is a more effective way of building community and personal relationships, and it helps the group to engage in outreach more naturally.Some believe small churches were a deliberate apostolic pattern in the first century, and they were intended by Christ

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