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151. Prepare Your Sharing

I found out that many members started writing down what they are going to share in house church before they come. I think this is an excellent practice which I also have started implementing. Though this is not a rule at all here are two reasons why I believe this is a good practice for all of us. 1. It makes our sharing concise. As we all know, we tend to ramble when our thoughts are not organized. And what…

95. Assistant Shepherd

Single House Churches will now begin to appoint “Assistant Shepherd”. Assistant Shepherd is someone of opposite sex to the single shepherd-in-charge who can assist the shepherd in ministering to the opposite sex members in his/her house church. Single house church is the most ideal when lead by a married couple. There are two reasons. First, it gives singles a healthy model of a married couple who can show what it means to serve God together in marriage. It helps them…

94. Don’t invite Other Christians

I’ve already explained in the previous blog post (Read #41 on the website) why our church doesn’t accept Christians from other churches in GTA as members. To reiterate, we believe Jesus called his followers to reach out to those who are far from God. We want our church to grow with growing numbers of non-Christians coming to know Christ, not with other Christians joining our church. Therefore, to cut straight to the point, please do not invite other Christians to…

88. Ministry Is A Privilege

KSC (Korean Speaking Congregation) of our church has hosted the “Lay-leader House Church Seminar” this weekend and is ending today. It’s the third time our church is hosting this seminar and 29 participants have come. Not every church that does house church ministry can host lay leader seminar. The host church has to meet a number of criterions every year to prove that the church is consistently reaching the lost and house church meetings are happening dynamically. This is to…

86. Not “my” VIP, but “our” VIP

The reason why we do house church ministry is to reach out to non-Christians (we call them VIP) and help them to become happy, faithful followers of Jesus. However, evangelism is really a teamwork. It rarely happens through one person’s sole effort. For that reason, we need to make a “house church” VIP list so that we pray for VIPs ” together”. When a member brings a VIP to his/her house church, unless everyone knows that person, it is difficult…

81. Dishwashing In House Church

I finished visiting ESC house churches with Rosalyn last week. During house church visit, I eat meals with house church members and hold a Q&A session so that members can ask me any questions regarding faith, church, relationships and etc. I was asked one question which I felt the need to elaborate on this to all our church members. The question was, “Is it a rule in House Church for men to do the dishwashing?” To put it simply, it…

72. Genuine community

I grew up mostly during the pre-internet era when personal interaction was the only way to get to know people. If I wanted to connect with my friends, I had to actually meet them. And when we meet, we had nothing else to do but to talk. But things have changed a lot. It is now possible to connect with friends through different social media and messaging system. It is easy to find a group of friends gathered together around…

65. Do Them A Favour

Many Christians find it challenging to bring their friends to church. This is not surprising. Usually they first bring their friends to Church service and it is not a very friendly place for non-Christians. So, they feel that they are asking them for a favor by inviting them to church. But for us who do house church ministry shouldn’t feel this way. For us, the house church is where we bring our friends first. We need to be convinced that…

61. A clear goal for house church

One pastor said, “default mode of any organization is complacency, not urgency”. To simply put it, people naturally want to maintain the “present reality” and instinctively repel “new reality”. To avoid this, defining a clear mission and putting all effort to move toward that mission is required. To achieve a mission, you need a set of concrete goals. Because the mission is often very big and it is hard to measure if it is being fulfilled or not. So having…

51. Share your emotions

Humans have inborn desire to express themselves. Sharing what is in your heart is the best way to relieve and manage stress. Since House church is where you can share what is in your heart, it is bound to succeed. However, sharing deeply and honestly in house church doesn’t just happen automatically. The right atmosphere has to be first established. We process facts but we connect with feelings. We need to “feel” first before we can connect. When we share…

47. The God Twist

Lampang House Church has started as a house church for singles about 2 years ago. I had two prayer requests: Baptism of a VIP and multiplication. We had a few VIPs who were visiting our house church but none of them were interested in coming to Sunday worship or Life Bible Study. We were disappointed and sometimes even felt guilty. But in 2017, during new year eve service, I picked the promise verse for the year, which said: “Though one…

46. The first house church multiplication in The Seed

Multiplication speech for Lampang HC. We have a big, great news. We will be multiplying. in one month from now. Jennifer and I have been praying for multiplication for sometime. 12 is the maximum number for house church, and is the signal for multiplication but we have had average of 14 this year. Even up to 19. Mostly 15-17. The reason why we continued with this number is we had energy, and VIPs were continously coming. But with this many people, deep honest sharing is challenging and we are at a stage it feels burdensome to bring more VIP due to the number we have. And of course, we didn’t have people who were able to host house church as a shepherd. Well, all that changed thanks to Grace. She volunteered to become a shepherd and host house church at her home a few weeks ago. You will hear her story during the multiplication ceremony. Jennifer and I saw it as God’s answered prayer for our multiplication and I think the timing cannot be any better than this. To clarify, multiplication is not division (or split) of a house church. I know it is sad to part ways with old house church members but what we need to remember is house church is not social gathering but a missional community. House church exists to reach out to the lost and we are trying to do what is best for each house church to be effective in that mission. Multiplication also creates a sense of urgency to reach out to our non-Christian friends. So think of multiplication as a new church plant. Grace as a lay-pastor with some members is starting a new church at her home. She needs emotional, spiritual and physical support. She needs people who will do the ministry together. She needs ministry partners. So we will have a vote after a month. There are three options. I will join the new house church. I will remain in the current house church. I will let my shepherd decide my placement. Those who aren’t here, I will be messaging through slack to hear your decision. In the next 4 weeks before the vote, please pray about your selection. Don’t just choose one. Pray about it and choose wisely. I encourage people to go to Grace’s house church but with the intention to be the ministry partner, not as consumers. Remember, it is a church plant. Thank you.
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