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Large Churches Looking to Small Groups

Traditional churches have taken note of the growing desire for more simple ways to worship. “Every large church I know is looking for ways to get small, to provide intimacy that may be missing,” says Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at… Continue Reading →

Anne Hutchinson – early American house churcher

NARRATOR: Hutchinson’s story electrified her listeners. They gathered at her house to hear about her revelation from God, just yards from where the governor lived. JOHN WINTHROP: She keeps open house for all comers, three score, four score people. She… Continue Reading →

House Churches Unlimited

Free ebook! This book addresses the dangers and delights of the house church format. It covers support and accountability, advantages and disadvantages, leadership and mentoring issues, worship and sacramental needs, conflict resolution and preaching, starting and multiplying house churches. This… Continue Reading →

Home meetings restricted in VA

The Commonwealth of Virginia was once the bastion for ideals such as freedom of religion and the right to assemble. Now look. Will your state be next to require permits and  limit the number of attendees? Virginia Beach has agreed… Continue Reading →

Classroom size with respect to intimacy

Colleges and universities are rated on a number of criteria. A high rating comforts parents as they write out the checks each semester. One criteria is the faculty to student ratio, supposedly a measure of teacher/student interaction and intimacy. Another… Continue Reading →

Charles Finney on formless church

Charles Finney (1792-1875) is a hero claimed by the likes of far-righter Jerry Falwell and left-leaning Jim Wallis of Sojourners – and all sorts in between. The following extract is from Finney’s Revival Lectures, chapter 14. He popularized, I believe,… Continue Reading →

Pagan Christianity? Hope or Hype?

Pagan Christianity? is a win-win for the “co-authors” and the “co-author’s publisher. A well known pollster discovers a book written several years ago by a lessor known, touches it up, and uses his name to promote it. Ultimately though, all… Continue Reading →

Spontaneous Expansion of the Church

Rowland Allen published a fine book by this title in the early 1900’s based on his experiences as a foreign missionary. I dig that title. Bring it on, Lord. I found a text version of the book. In it, the… Continue Reading →

Tracking house church growth in the USA

From the Editor of Joel News and a similar account on the home page of Dawn Europe, etc: The organic church guys from North America broke the rules again: instead of a Powerpoint with numbers they took a collective time-out… Continue Reading →

Taking back the streets of Philly

Ordinary caring people and older ones (elders) doing what is usually done by professionals. Hmmm… Do you see any parallels with church life? Are you a volunteer or do you expect professionals to take care of everything? Looks as if… Continue Reading →