What is a House Church?
A house church is a small group of Christians who meet for worship in homes or other non-traditional settings. The group may be part of a larger church, or an entirely independent Christian community. For Christians searching for a deeper level in their service to God, house churches have once again become popular.
House Churches in the Bible
- Philemon 1:2 – Apphia and Archippus’ house.
- Acts 16:40 – Lydia’s house.
- Colossians 4:15 – Nympha’s house.
- Romans 16:3-5 – Priscilla and Aquila’s house.
- Acts 20:7-8 – The disciples in the upper room.
Types of House Churches
- A cell or fellowship group. Cell groups meet together in a member’s home primarily for prayer, study and fellowship. They usually have a leader and may also meet corporately with other cell groups from a larger church.
- A new traditional church. The pastor of a new church may conduct meetings in a member’s home until they can afford a permanent facility.
- An organic house church. This type of church meets in various places, not just houses. They are sometimes called organic, simple, or relational. Emphasis is placed on developing a spontaneous, face-to-face community.
Thinking about starting a house church? Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Never start any type of ministry out of frustration, bitterness or anger. If you’re patient, God will lead you to the (almost) perfect church.