. . . posts on faith and life
I have friends who have ventured into House Church models at various points. Some of them have eventually journeyed back to more ‘traditional’ models (that’s a misnomer here, as it does not get more ancient and therefore more traditional than house churches), while others (like this one) are still going strong and enjoying the exciting journey.
Some 500 years ago Jesus took Scripture out of the sole possession of the institution and placed it back into the hands of ordinary persons. Is it possible that we are on the cusp of a new reformation? A reformation where Jesus takes His church out of the sole possession of the institution and places it back into the hands of ordinary persons? This is a challenge for someone like myself, who has been trained in my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs to be a ‘professional minister.’ If Jesus wanted to do this, would I be willing to go with Him? Would I be willing to get a job making tents or something? Would I be willing to lose my sense of control? Would I be willing to become an ordinary member of the BOC (Body of Christ) and lose my status as a trained and licensed professional in the CoG?
I must admit that while I have been on a journey for a few years now that has helped me to see the Church as something that is organic, something that shows up in the midst of life, this thought of a new reformation and a ‘new’ model is still quite new to me. But I am now ready to learn more. If you are ready to learn with me I have a few places you can start (not necessarily in this order). First, glance at this wikipedia entry, which clarifies a bit the preferred nomenclature of Simple Church over House Church. Second, skim the introduction chapter of this book (you can do that online here). Finally, watch this ten minute video. I would be interested in any thoughts that anyone has.