|HOUSE CHURCH FORMATION|
HOW TO START A HOUSE CHURCH.
I am looking for good resources to help you initiate the formation of a house church. The starting place is the Holy Bible. It is at the root of all meaningful guidance.
One initial aspect is to understand the organization and language that is used. Another key aspect is to understand "organizational culture" and to seek "how to" wisdom for those in leadership, and for those who are led.
So far I have found two resources that are independent of denominational or institutional influence (as best as I can tell). They are listed below. Both are provided free by authors who hope that these insights will be helpful -- and if you like their work, that you might buy books they have authored.
How to Organize a Church: The New Testament Church, by Simon Harding.
This resource provides identification of 64 specific key passages in the New Testament that relate directly to the objective.
How can you use this? Why not read each of the passages in the Holy Bible for yourself, and pray for guidance from the Lord. Let Him work in you and through you in accord with His will.
Simon Harding has done the hard work of organizing the information in a very brief format. To use it, just copy and paste this link in your browser:
Organizational Culture: "How To" Leadership Insights for a House Church.
Establishing and understanding the organizational culture is essential for the leaders who champion the initiation and development of a house church. Quite simply, organizational culture is "how we do things here."
The experience of others may be sought (Proverbs 15:22). One that has shown the ability to bring clarity to this is Ron McKenzie. In his own words, "Ron McKenzie is a Christian writer living in Christchurch, New Zeland. During the 1980s he served as the pastor of a church, but found that he could not manage to do everything that Jesus did. He is now employed as an economist and writes in his spare time. He is married with three adult children."
His web site has several very useful pages with clear language and helpful illustrations. A good place to start is to copy and paste the following link into your Internet browser -- and then take the time to surf the related web pages:
The following link is now broken, and the contents are now in books sold on Amazon authored by the source, so please do a search based on his name.
How can you help Christians that care?
As you research the formation of a house church on your own, if you find other resources that are even more useful, feel free to send me a copy of the link: feedback@cTc.tv
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