Define what House Church (HC) is:
- They are called house churches because we believe believe they are the church, not the weekend gathering
They seek to establish transparency and accountability in even smaller same-sex groups (oftentimes called “Quads”) that often meet or talk throughout the week.
It’s often much more like “Family Thanksgiving” than “Small Group Bible Study.”
- Embrace Jesus Christ as the head of the church (seems like each meeting they ask him for direction)
- Overseen by qualified elders
- Practice Baptism, Lord supper, (Rich adds worship, and prayer)
- Carry out Church discipline and restoration
- Teach the scriptures
- Proactive about sharing the Gospel (Rich adds praying for lost friends, having "parties" with friends invited)
- They really care about one another and intentionally help meet one another's needs.
- (Rich Added)
- Discipling - Shepherds goal is for everyone to become a real disciple of Jesus
- Because very significant shepherding takes place thereby fulfilling 1 Peter 5.2 and Heb 13.17
- Intensity: Spend significantly more time together, meet weekly, always eat meals together. some do quads together. Have whole families together.
- Mindset: They know this is church where they are to care for one another. Not a small group where they don't have the responsibility
- Responsibility: Leader has much more responsibility: Not just facilitate a once a week meeting BUT to shepherd everyone and to raise up new leaders for multiplication. Leader has much greater "felt needs" and will therefore grow much faster.
- Much more shepherding occurs because:
- It's part of his job description (he is called an shepherd, not a facilator or small group leader)
- Only way he will be able to multiply his HC is by going a very good job of shepherding
- "One size fits all". What about young married couples B/S. Just make it into a church
- Children at "church" Some HC act like a family Thanksgiving reunion, you don't get a babysitter
- Church Sign "Apex: A network of House Churches"
Easy to implement (if one has a good plan), not like blowing up the church with the pure Organic model
Questions for Horizon. Should Horizon also provide these (Apex has chosen not to):
- More research and phone calls
- Visit Apex with a few key people. For 5 days? visiting a different HC each day and Tim meets with Senior Pastor.
- Learn from their mistake and do a better launch that has all shepherds buy in of the need to multiple
- You start the first HC (of 20+ people). Not with Elders but with almost 100% of immediate future shepherds
- After 3 months of meeting weekly:
- Your original HC start 4 other HC with these shepherds (each with two shepherds that were in your HC) Have 5 HC
- Your start another HC with less experienced future shepherds
- Total is now 5 house churches after 3 months
- After 6 months
- The original 4 2nd generation HC split into 8
- Your 2nd one splits into 2
- Total now is 10 house churches (200 people) after 9 months
- Goal is for the HC to split within a year because Horizon still has many people who are not in HC
- Have 20 HC after 1 3/4 years
- Then the goal is to split after ever 2 years (since more of the growth will be coming from evangelism
- New believers class
- School of Discipleship
Matt Moore of Conerstone
- What is currently going on with the LA house churches?
- What is the plan for the next few years?
- Based on your experience in launching the HC would you have done anything differently with the launch?
- How do you expect Francis returning to regularly preaching at Cornerstone will effect the Sunday morning HC?
- Are you familiar with the Apex Community church in Ohio?