WHAT IS A HOUSE CHURCH?
At Common Ground Northeast, the House Church context is the primary expression of our 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.
House churches are intended to be a “family on mission” usually comprised of 10-20 people who meet during the week in homes throughout the city. They're intended to bring people together of diverse ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to join as a community for the purpose of spurring one another on to live out our 3 Pillars of Engagement: Devotion, Community, and Mission.
In this community, we worship God, learn from the Scriptures through Bible studies, lean into the guiding of the Holy Spirit, 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).
Want to join a House Church?
HOUSE CHURCH LAUNCH
We have a launch process to help set the culture of our House Churches and to care for them along the way: ROOTED, REINFORCED, and RELEASED (infographic below). This process takes place seasonally three times a year (calendars listed below) and helps to form the group into a “family on mission.”
We hope to guide our House Churches to become active agents of reconciliation, communities who resemble the movement of the Early Church, and to be a priesthood of all believers engaging our gifts for the Kingdom of Heaven. If you would like to join our next House Church Launch, click the button to the left.
MORE ABOUT HOUSE CHURCHES
H.C. LAUNCH CALENDARS
If you can't commit to a house church now...
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. We also recommend that you attend our Common Ground Q+A meeting (second Sunday of every month, immediately after the service) - details will be provided during our service.
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