House Church Partners
CrossHope Chapel is a small church fellowship, but we are also a hub and training incubator for helping Bible believing Christians start house church gatherings in our Gulf Coast area and beyond.
A house church is a small group gathering held on a regular schedule, sometimes called a micro church, organic church, simple church, or any type of pastoral care community that serves as a primary spiritual assembly.
We are using the term “house church” here because it reflects the value of individual souls and meeting in Christian community at your own home or location, as compared to having to go to a special designated religious building.
Other inter-changeable terms could include organic church, micro church, simple church, or non-traditional church so it is not necessary to meet in your home, but a regular gathering could take place at a coffee shop, a city park, workplace break room, or small leased facility as does CrossHope Chapel.
Partners in Ministry…
If you sense God calling you to start or lead a small gathering, we are available to help encourage and equip you through resources and relationship. You do not have to do house church ministry alone.
Steve Durkac, our pastor, is passionate about church gatherings that are simpler, smaller, and authentic in its discipleship approach of New Testament fellowship. Steve is available to answer any questions, serve as a sounding board if you want to bounce some ideas off him as you plan, and without criticism.
A partnership in ministry with CrossHope Chapel is not one based on directives or authoritative requirements, but is simply the availability of our pastor to help as you may request.
Our house church meetup events have been on hold during this time of COVID-19 restrictions, but please know that Steve Durkac is available to meetup individually or is happy to answer any questions you have when you contact him.
Being the Church…
The word church comes from the Greek word ekklesia which is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones” so according to the Bible, the church is the body of Christ—all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Our society has benefited from the traditional brick and mortar church building as a beacon of light in its presence and mission. However, we know that today’s lostness is in need of a cooperative partnership of biblical minded leaders planting various types, sizes, styles, and approaches to being the church in the darkness of our communities.
A house church is not a one-size-fits-all or a cookie-cutter singular approach or a micro version of traditional brick and mortar formats, but rather a zero-budget mission that is developed organically according to God’s leading and your calling.
Starting a House Church…
First, start with a call upon your heart. God uses pastors – those with a pastoral calling on their lives according to the Spirit of God and not necessarily according to the credentialing committee of a church organization – in His ministry and house churches that are led by pastoral care leaders are certainly following the biblical example that best feeds God’s flock.
Second, we suggest starting by forming the foundations of beliefs, mission, and values of what your house church will be and look like. Too many house church formations in America are led by disgruntled church members who only want to start something different than what they’ve left – start something that God has defined in your heart so clarify that on paper. Another reason you want to form some definition and identity for your house church is because some house church gatherings avoid organization and end up as an all-day undefined event led by whims and weirdness.
Third, don’t do house church on a smaller scale or in a smaller way than you did at the corner Baptist church. A house church is not defined by its program, liturgy, attendance, size or location, but by its basic biblical format and purpose which allows for variables within each individual house church fellowship. It’s simple, with the basic Acts 2:42 format of Bible teaching, prayer, song, and food. It’s purpose is a regular gathering that serves as the primary spiritual community for two or more people (Matthew 18:20) for the purpose to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord” (2 Peter 3:18).
Mega churches are great when it comes to outreach, but drawing a crowd isn’t what a pastor is called to do. Smaller gatherings is where disciples are made and souls are brought to Christ. Any executive can lead a mega church, but only a pastor can lead a small gathering of souls in discipleship.
Hundreds in our world are really wanting to grow their faith in the Lord, but have already ruled-out the traditional brick and mortar church as the means to do that. For what ever reason, right or wrong, good or bad, they need a bridge to do that and your willingness to launch a house church ministry may be just the thing to impact a handful of people for the Great Commission!
If Jesus would have died on Calvary’s cross for only one soul, why should we think church ministry is all about building bigger congregations? A bigger church, does not necessarily mean a bigger group of people are going to heaven. Jesus said the greatest prophet was John the Baptist – not exactly a mega-church pastor with a TV program and best-selling book.
The beauty of starting a house church is it is about winning one, not the multitude. It’s about the individual, not the crowd. It’s about biblical pastoral care, not a paycheck-backed pulpit or organizational budgets and entertaining attractions.
Francis Chan is best known as the mega-church pastor turned house church pastor. In the video clip below Francis Chan talks about his approach to house church and a network of house churches in his community in San Francisco, California.
We do not advocate following in this model or all the details presented, because each house church is unique and differently done than others. However, we do hope this video will give you some inspiration if you are sensing God’s call to small group pastoral care. We can also point you to other great resources on simple church, too.
House Church Partners
Do you have an interest in starting your own house church or small group gathering? Want to ask a question or learn more about how we can help you launch your own simple church ministry?
Please contact Steve Durkac for any additional information or question that you may have about house church ministry or partnership with CrossHope Chapel. You may also be interested in Pastor Steve’s blog posts in the category of Simpler Church.