Why House Church?
We live in a day and culture where the word church rarely lives up to the New Testament expression. When people hear church they often think of a place or an event. The church of the Scriptures is a committed group of people seeking to glorify Jesus and live out His instructions in Matthew 28:18-20, to be and make disciples.
Though participating in a corporate worship gathering is both biblical and beneficial, our ability to BE the church on Sunday is limited. Instead we view the house church as the primary place where church happens. House church offers the opportunity to pursue Jesus in a more authentic and intimate community. In this community we worship God, learn from the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit, ask questions, discover and use our spiritual gifts and serve one another and the world around us. We believe that having a consistent community for encouragement, discovery, prayer and laughter is an essential aspect of our spiritual journeys. It's no coincidence that the early church met both corporately and house to house (Acts 5:42).
For these reasons, house church is the primary relational context for involvement and spiritual formation at Common Ground.
What to expect
House churches are usually comprised of 10-20 people and meet during the week throughout the city. They're intended to bring people together of diverse ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to join as a community and spur one another on to become more like Jesus.
How to join a house church
If you would like to join a house church, we would love to discuss it with you and find the best house church placement for you. We recommend that you attend our Common Ground Q+A meeting (second Sunday of every month, immediately after the service) or email our associate pastor, Ian Morley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
if you can't commit to a house church...
We understand that work, family obligations, and other issues can make it challenging to commit to an evening house church, especially on weeknights. If you're unable to join a house church, we still want you to be a part of our community! We frequently host events and Bible/book studies in our Men's Ministry and Women's Ministry groups, as well as missional communities and other discipleship opportunities. To see if there are any options upcoming and to learn more about them, check out our Events page.
If you have questions, please email our associate pastor, Ian Morley, at email@example.com.