Home Church Structure.
GATHERING OF BELIEVERS
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.
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)
FOCUSING ON KEY FUNDAMENTALS (DOCTRINE)