New Testament Church Proliferation Digest


Spreading the Gospel via House Churches


August 19, 2001 Vol 01 : 053
 
[New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems

Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems

Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems

 

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 06:04:07 -0400 From: "Samuel M. Buick"

Subject: [New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems

Hi There List:

Got this email from a buddy. I read it and it kind of bothered me that people would even consider this to be a "house church" in the first place. When you read it, you see it is a pastor driven, traditional church, with signage and all, that just meets in a house. It is not remotely like a house church.

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Subject: House Church Problems

PASTOR DROPS BID FOR HOME CHURCH PERMIT A pastor yesterday withdrew her request for a special permit that would have formally allowed her to have a home church in a Florida community. After receiving advice from the Christian legal defense organization, Liberty Counsel (LC), Barbara Carroll believes she doesn't need government permission to conduct prayer meetings and Bible studies in her Brooksville home, "The St. Petersburg Times" reported.

House churches are no different than any other social gatherings, other than their purpose for meeting and what happens when the saints meet together. If people do not need a permit for hosting BBQ in their back yard, neither should they need one for people coming over to be Christian community and have fellowship.

But local code enforcement officials say if the church services continue, the pastor of Abundant Blessings Family Worship Center will be cited for operating an illegal business in her home. "When you advertise and put your phone number out there and have scheduled services, to our mind that's a religious establishment," director Frank McDowell III said.

The description above is of a traditional church, not house church. We do not advertise, we do not post a sign, and we do not regularly collect offerings and we do not issue receipts because we refuse to register with the government. The less the government knows the better. We have business cards and we have a web page, but no addresses are listed, only contact people.

Recently, Carroll circulated fliers in her neighborhood advertising the worship center, including a ministry schedule and an invitation that stated: "Pastor Carroll extends a joyful welcome to all." She also put a banner outside her home twice weekly advertising the church. The planning department, however, received a complaint about the sign and ads, and threatened to fine her unless she got a permit, the "Times" reported.

I would never circulate anything. I would build relationship for the sake of relationship and slowly introduce the unsaved to other saved people and then invite them over and introduce house church as being relationship with God and with one another expressed in body life. Marketing the church with man's wisdom is simply inviting trouble, like others who would be opposed to house church.

Sam


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Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 21:01:32 +0700 From: "Link"

Subject: Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems

Frank V. came up with some new term 'New Testament Primitivism' for the movement, since house church is so vague.

'House Church people' don't have a corner on the term 'house church.' Plenty of so-called 'IC's that meet in houses can be called 'house churches,' too. It sounds like that lady was not a part of the 'New Testament Primitivists' unmovement. (Some people don't like the word 'movement' so I use 'unmovement.')


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Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 13:48:53 -0400 From: "Samuel Buick"

Subject: Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems

Link and List: I know the house church movement does not have a corner on the word as such, but by an large the traditional church uses a house simply as a meeting place until they get the "building". This lady had all the trappings of the traditional church and used her home as the building. When I speak with people and I say house church, they have no problem connecting believers meeting in a house. The problem again for me, with this news story, is the marketing tactics that are used to promote the place of meeting, rather than the gathering of saints together. To me there is a vast difference between someone hosting a meeting and the saints gathering as body life. That lady was hosting a meeting and wanted her side of town to know and used all her marketing moxy to get the word out. Personally, I am opposed to marketing. It contradicts the mandate to go out and seek and relate with the lost.

Sam

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Subject: Re: [New Testament Church Proliferation] House Church Problems Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 21:01:32 +0700

Frank V. came up with some new term 'New Testament Primitivism' for the movement, since house church is so vague.

'House Church people' don't have a corner on the term 'house church.' Plenty of so-called 'IC's that meet in houses can be called 'house churches,' too. It sounds like that lady was not a part of the 'New Testament Primitivists' unmovement. (Some people don't like the word 'movement' so I use 'unmovement.')

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