[HT Alan Knox]
Alan shares a list of things he doesn’t worry about as a pastor (teaching elder) in a home church context.
- getting fired for saying the wrong thing
- sermon preparation week after week
- finding someone to “fill in”
- the meeting place
- number of participants
I find it amazing how prevalent professional pastor burn out is and how no one wants to come to the obvious and Biblical conclusion. No one man or small group of men should have to shoulder the burden of caring for and feeding an assembly of Christians.
What do we believe? How do we operate? What sort of structure do we abide by?
There are some of the questions I had after deciding that the way I had always “Done church” just wasn’t cutting it. But what was a viable Biblical alternative?
Over the past couple of years, I’ve compiled a few helpful resources for studying and learning about the home or organic church movement. Some of these authors and works contain contradictory views, especially when it comes to issues such as the role of women in the meeting, how elders are to be chosen and function, and how new fellowships are to be formed. In spite of this, however, I have found a fairly unified core of teachings, centered on the accounts and practices of the early church recorded in Scripture.
So without further ado, here are the best resources I’ve found when it comes to home church.
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