Sometimes, you need to worship in a home church rather than in a church building. This could be because you want to have a small gathering for your parish or because you simply don’t have a rented space to host your services.
Encouragingly, in Matthew 18:20 it says “for where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” Jesus tells us that no matter where we choose to host our worship services, he is there with us.
If you’re thinking of starting a church in your home and aren’t sure where to begin, this guide is for you. Let’s dive into how to host a home church or bible study in your house.
Choose the House
The first step in starting a church in your home is to decide on the location. While you might automatically think that your home is the right place, it could be a better choice to use a neighbor’s house instead.
Your home church should be located in a neighborhood where there aren’t nearby churches or where neighbors don’t have access to small, close-knit groups of worshippers. It should also be in a central location.
One way to choose the right home for your home church is to network with other people in your area who share your religious beliefs. This way, you’ll be able to find someone who is willing to host the services, even if your home isn’t the best choice.
Select Your Church Leaders
Once you have a location for your church, it’s time to select leaders for your church. Having church leaders can help provide a backbone for your home parish.
Ideally, you should choose three or four members to be the leaders of your church. They could be existing church members, family members, or spiritual leaders who already have a presence in your community or neighborhood.
You can also choose to define management roles for your church leaders. For instance, one person could be in charge of sermons while another is responsible for outreach. Doing so will help keep your church parish organized.
Now that you have your location and leaders, it’s time to focus on gathering members for your new parish. One way to do so is to seek out sponsorship from larger, more established churches in the area.
Another way to do so is to simply spread the word about your new church while you are out in your community. Look for people who share the same goals as those that you want your church to focus on.
As you seek out members for your church, remember that you’ll want to start small and grow from there. Typically, groups of between ten and twenty people tend to be a good size for people wanting to start a home church.
Plan Your Meeting Times
The next critical aspect to creating your home church is to plan your meeting times. You’ll want to make that you have regular meetings so that you can keep your parish strong and united.
You should try to meet at least once a week. However, this doesn’t need to be on traditional worship days. You can select a day that works for all the members of your parish and that is convenient for everyone.
Part of planning your meeting times will also be planning what type of service you want to host. For instance, you could choose to have an evening prayer service or you could opt for a more traditional morning worship service.
Stay Connected and Focused
As a smaller group, it can be easy for you and your new church members to get off-track and to lose focus. To help keep you grounded, make sure to set up a plan for reading and discussing your religious doctrine. This helps you focus on why you are meeting and keeps you grounded.
On top of that, incorporate prayer into your home services. This will help generate a sense of community and will make it easier to connect with one another. Talk to your parish members to see what method of prayer everyone is most comfortable with.
Remember, everyone is different. Be willing to be flexible as you figure out the best ways to keep your parish connected with one another and focused on the Lord. This will help your services to be productive and uplifting for everyone.
Choose Your Worship Elements
One of the benefits of having a home church is that you can choose what worship elements you want to include in your service and which you don’t want to include. You can have non-traditional elements such as meditation, religious dance, or artistic worship.
You can also choose to incorporate religious traditions such as confession or a certain genre of music. Speaking with your parish members will help you establish which worship elements you want to include in your home church services.
Remember that as you build a home church it’s important to communicate with your parish members. You want to make sure everyone feels equally included and comfortable in your new services.
Make Starting a Church in Your Home Possible
With this guide, you’re ready to get to work starting a church in your home. These tips can help you read religious scripture and begin sharing the good news with those in your community.
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