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Missional House Churches, Part Two

A standing concern of us over the recent years of emphasis on housechurching and community, is that if we are not discerning and careful, we can get so ingrown, so addicted to loving our intimate fellowship, that we might forget to be missional, to go beyond us, and possibly even deftly ignore the enormity and the timeliness of the God’s Great Commission and today’s ripe harvest. But, I also have the greatest of hope, that in moving towards the more authentic living of our faith in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our daily lives, we might be able
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Missional House Churches, Part One

“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) A standing concern over the recent emphasis on housechurching, especially with its strong emphasis on the need for deeper fellowship and more authentic community, is that we might be once again concentrating too much on those already saved, fixated on catering to their emotional, social and edification needs, getting too ingrown, becoming less missional, and ignoring the enormity of the Great Commission and today’s harvest. Some might even warn us, that the Scripture says to, “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest,” (Matthew 9:38) not, “Pray to the
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Is It House Church Yet?

According to Wikipedia: Bangladesh: 500,000 new believers in House Churches Cambodia: 1,000 new House Churches in 10 years (1990 to 2000) Canada: as many as 2,000 House Churches in Canada in the last few years China: 80-100 million believers in House Churches Cuba: 6,000 – 10,000 House Churches since 1992 Egypt: 4,000 House Churches Ethiopia: 5,000 to 50,000 believers in House Churches during the 1980s India: 100,000 House Churches started in 5 years (from 2001 – 2006) Latin America: 1 million House Churches known as ‘Basic Ecclesial Communities’ Sri Lanka: Kithu Sevena church movement started 131 new House Churches in
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How Shall We Then Meet?

When we look closely at the different aspects and effects of certain numbers in group life, the question gets raised as to whether or not these understandings of numerical dynamics can actually help us gather more intentionally. So rather than being frustrated with different sized groups, when we get to know the dynamics of numbers, it is possible we can really begin meeting more strategically. If permission has been given to do church differently, why would we insist on meeting the same way, with the same format, even the chairs set the same way, in the same room, basically doing
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What Would Church Look Like If? – Tim Crozier

I heard a startling number the other day. It was the estimated value of land and buildings held by the church in North America. It was something to the tune of 70 Billion dollars! Yes, billion! With that much invested in real-estate, the question has to be asked, is it worth it? Is having that much invested into a structure and an address really helping the church be her best? I’ve been wondering lately about what the church would and possibly will look like if all of that real estate were to go away? What if the fore-closure scene begins
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Changing Of The Wineskins, Part One

“Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins will break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine in new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17). What does it really mean to “do” church differently? What does “change” really mean? What does “new” really mean? Four Possibilities From New From Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus The Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionary. Main Entry: new Part of Speech: adjective Definition: Not the same as what was previously known or done. Synonyms: different, fresh, innovative, inventive, newfangled, novel, original,
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Changing Of The Wineskins, Part Two

“Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins will break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine in new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17). Christian Schwartz, a German-born, church-growth researcher suggests that we are in the era of a third reformation. The first reformation took place in the 16th century when Martin Luther fought for the rediscovery of salvation by faith, the centrality of grace and of the authority of Scripture. It was recognized as a reformation of theology. The second reformation, according to Schwartz, occurred
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