The History of House Church

Photo: Biblical History Center, LaGrange GA
The Christian movement started in homes for its first 300 years, and it changed the world.
The Gospel spread rapidly when it was based in homes, and many look back at this time as the
most apostolic in the history of the church. This is a glimpse of how it happened:
  • Acts 2:46 – House to house
  • Acts 5:42 – House to house
  • Acts 8:3 – House after house
  • Acts 10:22 – Cornelius’ house
  • Acts 12:12 – Mary’s house
  • Acts 16:32 – Jailer’s house
  • Acts 16:40 – Lydia’s house
  • Acts 18:7 – Titius Justu’s house
  • Acts 20:20 – House to house
  • Romans 16:5 – Aquila’s house
  • 1 Corinthians 16:19 – Prisca’s house
  • Colossians 4:15 – Nympha’s house
  • Philemon 1:2 – Philemon’s house

Our Current Reality

We find ourselves today in a situation where, for health reasons, it is no longer safe to meet in large groups in our church buildings. However, we also find ourselves in a new, uncertain season where people need connection, hospitality, and Jesus more than ever. We believe that as a church we need to (re)discover the Acts model and its great potential for standing in the gap between where we are and where we will be when we get to the other side of COVID-19.

Our Thinking

Moving the church back into homes could be the way to transition between individual/family virtual worship to worshiping as a congregation again.
  • Home church could provide needed community and hospitality instead of our current isolation.
  • Home church could become missional and grow the church in ways that are truly exponential, reaching our literal neighbors and way beyond.
  • Home church could be the way to recover the priesthood of believers as people learn to be ministers in their individual home settings.
  • Home church could stand in the gap for growing food scarcity and homelessness.
  • Home church is in our Wesleyan DNA of discipleship in small groups

Our next steps

We have identified homes across the county that will be holding a Nett Gatherings in their home.
Each one of the homes will hold a limited amount of people based on social distance guidelines.
Some gatherings will be outdoor and some indoor. Some will livestream our modern service and
some will livestream our classic service. Some are in the morning and some in the evening.
So, we want to encourage you to pray for these gatherings and if you feel like joining us in one
of them, feel free to choose one according to your preferences.