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,”...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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