Even though Northland is what could be called a "mega-church," we are committed to helping others do church on as small a scale as a few people in a home. That means we want to bring resources and encouragement, and training for ministry to people where they live, and work and play. The house church allows that to happen anywhere in the world.
This introductory video from Dr. Hunter will help you learn more about starting a house church. For more videos on how to build a simple church, so that you can effectively gather with others to transform your community, visit www.doingchurchsimply.com.
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When people from at least two different nuclear families gather for worship, this is called a “house church” or “simple church.”
The first few generations of Christians regularly met in small groups in order to worship and minister to one another. One of the most important aspects of being a house church is serving and loving your neighbors in the name of Jesus. Being the church in a house allows people to work together to serve others in ways that larger churches often overlook. Typically the members of a house church will share with one another the needs that they know of from their own relationships. As they are led by God they then reach out and meet those needs. It can range from providing meals for someone in the neighborhood who is ill, to providing Christmas for a family in need, or even doing home repairs. The type of serving depends on the situations that God presents to the church and the gifts and abilities within the church to meet those needs.
Five times each weekend, Northland sends its worship live across the Internet. Currently we average more 2,000 people around the world worshiping live via interactive webcast. Some of these are house churches. They sing and pray, celebrate communion, greet one another, share Scriptures and do whatever else we are doing in worship at that time. They listen to the sermon for the day and often gather after worship to share a meal and talk about what they have just heard. Sometimes they even communicate with other sites via the Web, exchanging prayer requests and praises.
It depends on the group. In some house churches, children are included for the entire worship time. In others, the members of the house church share the responsibility to teach the children. The curriculum for children that is written by a team at Northland is available for free online at http://www.childrensministrywarehouse.org
You will receive personalized mentoring to help you grow as a house church leader. This may include direct conversations, emails and even personal visits from the support team at Northland. We will also connect you with other house church leaders and networks, both within and outside the structure of Northland. Additionally, the “Church, Simply” website provides information and resources to get you started.