My dad sent me a link to this one today (thanks, Dad) and I thought I’d pass it along for anyone else who’s interested. It’s from Leadership Journal, which is connected with the magazine Christianity Today. You can see the original article here.
While 20-somethings pull out of traditional churches, more people are leaving organized churches altogether, according to revolutionary pollster George Barna. Your new competitor is not the church down the street, but the house next door. Here is how Barna sizes up the House Church experience:
Average size of gathering: 20 people (including 7 children in gatherings with kids)
Gatherings including kids: 64%
Of those, kids meeting with adults for whole session: 41%
House churches meeting weekly: 80%
Average length of service: 2 hours
Include formal teaching: 76%
Eat as well as meet: 85%
Satisfaction with spiritual depth of the experience: 59%
Satisfaction with personal connectedness: 66%
Attenders who have met with their house church one year or less: 75%
I’m curious to hear what other people think about this…
1) Do you think that a House Church is a “real” church?
2) What are the pros/cons of something like this?
3) Can traditional churches, and house churches co-exist and work together in the future, or are they “competitors” like the author above states?
Feel free to share your thoughts if you have any… Looking forward to the discussion!!!