When people ask what I do, I know that it’s going to take a few minutes to explain. “I start house churches.” I get a variety of responses to that – blank stares, rolling eyes, genuine interest, etc…but the most common response is, “What is that?”
So, following is a “guided tour” of the house church I lead!
Dunwoody Church meets in the home of one of our elders every week at 10:30 for worship. We begin 10:30ish, and wrap up noonish. Because it’s an Indian home, we all take our shoes off as soon as we come in. (I’ve added that practice to my own home now!) Worship includes several elements, just like your church does. We worship together (sometimes with music, sometimes without). We share our victories and our struggles. We take time to pray over each other. Then all of our children are dismissed for Sunday School, led by my wife Mary Ellen, while the adults remain for Bible study. Right now, we are working our way through the Book of Matthew.
Bible study is discussion-oriented. I lead that most of the time, but over the summer we will have six different folks taking the lead. We sit in a circle, and learn together. We are very honest. We share insights, ask hard questions, make uncomfortable confessions, ask each other for help. We have become family.
And that’s the “secret sauce” of house church. Our churches will never have “rock star” preaching or a worship band with smoke and lights (though I like all that). But we can have a level of community that is very difficult to attain in a larger church.
We are a very eclectic bunch. Ethnically we are Caucasian, African-American, German, and Indian. We have a mix of single adults and families, children, and teens. Attendance ranges from 15-30. We come from a variety of faith backgrounds and experiences. It is our differences that enrich the experience! I like to say that it’s all very “New Testamenty”!
After worship, we share lunch together every week. Most of our folks will tell you that this is where church really happens. We take a lot of time to hang out over a plate of food, and really listen to each other. Often this is where the most vulnerable conversations happen.
We are not perfect. We need to get much better in some areas, like relational evangelism and discipleship. But we’re off to a good start, and we’re pointed in the right direction. If this sounds like something you would be interested in hearing more about, please contact me. I would love to talk with you!
Next week I’ll give you “guided tour” of one of our other churches. It is completely different from Dunwoody Church!
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