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The global house church movement a missions fest vancouver 2008 seminar

The Global House Church Movement:A Missions Fest Vancouver 2008 Seminar

with Dr. Randy Wollf

Serving with The Journey house church network and as a church planting missionary with the Evangelical Free Church


Seminar outline

Seminar Outline

  • House church case studies

  • Characteristics of church planting movements

  • Getting started


Seminar outline1

Seminar Outline

  • House church case studies


Worldwide

Worldwide

  • It is estimated that worldwide there are approximately:

    • 450 million Christians within conventional churches

    • 10 million in cell-based churches

    • 450 million in simple, organic structures such as house churches, or meeting outdoors

      Source – Dale (2005)


Case study china

Case study - China

  • China went from having approximately five million believers (1949) to 80-130 million today

  • Tens of millions of believers are part of house churches

  • Even if freedom came, the Chinese house leaders have said that they would continue to use the house church approach

  • House church leaders hope to send out 100,000 missionaries into unreached Muslim, Hindhu, and Buddhist regions (initiative called Back to Jerusalem)

    Sources – Brother Yun et al (2003), Zdero (2004)


Case study india

Case study - India

  • Victor Choudrie, a leading spokesperson for the house church movement in India, estimates that 100,000 house churches started in India from 2001-2006.

    “These little house churches in India are like the starfish, the more you divide them the more they replicate.” (Choudhrie, 2007, p. 308)

  • An Indian housewife started 50 churches in just 12 months (Dale, 2005)

  • A Ph.D. graduate and his 13 year-old son started a church with a street vendor (Dale, 2005)


Case study nepal

Case study - Nepal

  • Children as young as 9 or 10 are starting churches (Dale, 2005).


Case study philippines

Case study - Philippines

  • Eman Abrea and partners saw the planting of almost 50 house churches in just one year (Abrea, 2007).

  • Romulos Nacua and a few others began 13 house churches in 2000. There are now 400 house churches in the Visayas House Church Network (Nacua, 2007).


Case study myanmar

Case study - Myanmar

  • Ram Lian started the Household Church Mission (HCM) in 2005.

  • In 2007, 10 students were planting 18 house churches.

  • HCM’s vision is to see 1,000 house churches planted by the year 2030.

  • The HCM mission is to train leaders to start a church from their homes and multiply as God leads them to serve the world for Christ.

    Source – Lian (2007)


Case study ethiopia

Case study - Ethiopia

  • In 1982, the Ethiopian government outlawed the Meserete Kristos Church. It was comprised of 14 congregations with 5,000 members.

  • The church went underground and started meeting in small groups.

  • In 1992, when the Meserete Kristos Church could surface again, its numbers had grown to 50,000.

    Source – Case Study (Ethiopia) in Nexus (2007).

    Note: You can hear more about the story of the Meserete Church in the film “Against Great Odds” distributed by www.visionvideo.com.


Case study russia

Case study - Russia

  • Harold Zimmerman and Home Fellowship Leaders International (www.homefellowshipleaders.com) supply literature to a growing number of Russian house churches (800 currently)

    Source – Zimmerman (2007)


Case study britain

Case study - Britain

  • A house church movement emerged in Britain in the 1960’s and 70’s.

  • Many of these house churches became “New Churches” as they moved into larger facilities.

  • Noble (2007) believes that the house church movement in Britain, although it has waned in recent years, did much to restore vitality to the church in Britain.


Case study united states

Case study – United States

  • It is estimated that there are 5 million people in the U.S. who are involved in house churches (Dale and Dale, 2007).

  • Neil Cole started his first organic church in a coffee shop. This was the start of Church Multiplication Associates (CMA – www.cmaresources)

    • In 2000, CMA started 10 new churches.

    • Second year, 52 church starts.

    • In 2002, CMA saw 106 churches started.

    • In 2007, they had seen well over 1,000 churches started in 36 states and 31 nations.

      Sources – Cole (2007) and Cole (2005)


The global house church movement a missions fest vancouver 2008 seminar

Churchgoers Putting Feet to Their Longings in the U.S.

Source - Barna (2005)


The global house church movement a missions fest vancouver 2008 seminar

Churchgoers Putting Feet to Their Longings in the U.S.

Source - Barna (2005)


Case study canada

Case study – Canada

  • The Canadian House Church Network serves as a resource for house churches (www.outreach.ca/OC2-Planting/7-HouseChurches/HC-home.htm).

  • Ross Rains started Pathfinders Fellowships, which now has 11 house churches across Canada (www.pathfindersfellowships.com).

  • The Journey (www.journeypath.com) seeks to help individuals, groups, and churches start simple churches.


Case study cuba

Case study – Cuba

  • In the 1990’s fuel shortages and government restrictions on the registration of churches led many Cubans into house churches.

  • Today, it is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 house churches in Cuba.

    Source – Belz (2007)


Case study ecuador

Case study – Ecuador

  • Guy Muse and other missionaries of the International Mission Board have helped national plant over 250 house churches in Ecuador since 2000 (though only half continue to function).

    Source – Muse (2007)


Case study basic ecclesial communities

Case study – Basic Ecclesial Communities

  • House churches are not limited to Protestant Christianity. In 1985, it was estimated that there were over 100,000 Basic Ecclesial Communities associated with the Catholic Church.

    Source – Allen (2007) and Driver (2007)


Case study muslim world

Case study – Muslim world

  • In an Asian Muslim country, more than 150,000 Muslims embrace Jesus and gather in more than 3,000 locally led Isa Jamaats or Jesus Groups (Garrison, 2004).


Seminar outline2

Seminar Outline

  • House church case studies

  • Characteristics of church planting movements


Characteristics of church planting movements

Characteristics of Church Planting Movements

Show “Like a mighty wave: Church planting movements” video at http://www.blip.tv/file/149518 or search for it at www.imb.org in their videos section.


Characteristics of church planting movements1

Characteristics of Church Planting Movements

  • Extraordinary prayer

  • Abundant gospel sowing

  • Intentional church planting

  • Scriptural authority

  • Local leadership

  • Lay leadership

  • Cell or house churches

  • Churches planting churches

  • Rapid reproduction

  • Healthy churches

How do these characteristics and associated practices contribute to church planting movements?


Seminar outline3

Seminar Outline

  • House church case studies

  • Characteristics of church planting movements

  • Getting started


Getting started

Getting Started

Where are you at right now?

  • A rhetorical embrace

  • A simmering vision

  • Faith seeking understanding

  • Passionate pursuit

  • Riding the wave


Getting started1

Getting Started

  • Make room

  • Strengthen your prayer life

  • Begin at the end

  • Think strategically

  • Identify non-Christians in your life

  • Look for and reach out to people of peace (Luke 10)


Getting started2

Getting Started

  • Engage in spiritually meaningful discussions with people of peace

  • Disciple the seekers

  • Baptize those who repent and receive Jesus as Lord

  • Equip them to grow, to serve fellow believers, and to reach the lost

  • Send them out to repeat the whole process


Conclusion

Conclusion

Many Chinese Christians believe that:

“It is good for a Christian to lead someone to Christ.

It is better to plant a church.

It is best to start a church-planting movement.”


Possible next steps

Possible Next Steps

  • Prayerfully work through the relevant parts of the “Getting Started” worksheet

  • Attend a “Getting Started” training event (9:00-3:00 on April 5 in Langley)

    Note: You can sign up on the signup list on the resource table (max. 15 people) or contact me.


References

References

  • Abrea, E. (2007). Case study (Philippines): From traditional pastor to house church planter. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 310-314). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Allen, D. (2007). Case study (Brazil): A house church movement becomes visible. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 365-369). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Barna, G. (2005). Revolution: Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

  • Belz, . (2007). Case study (Cuba): How Fidel Castro launched 10,000 house churches. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 362-364). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Choudhrie, V . (2007). Case study (India): How 100,000 house churches were started in five years. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 304-309). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.


References1

References

  • Cole, N. (2007). Case study (USA): The story of Church Multiplication Associates – From California to Chiang Mai in seven years. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 346-351). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Cole, N. (2005). Organic church: Growing faith where life happens. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Dale, F. (2005). Getting started: A practical guide to planting simple churches. Manchaca, TX: Karis Publishing (available through www.house2house.com).

  • Dale, F. & Dale, T. (2007). Case study (USA): A city of house church networks. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 352-356). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Driver, J. (2007). Case study (Latin America): House churches in a Roman Catholic context. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 376-381). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.


References2

References

  • Garrison, D. (2004). Church planting movements: How God is redeeming a lost world. Midlothian, VA: WIGTake Resources.

    Note: For a free booklet that has the main parts of what the book has, go to http://www.imb.org/CPM/default.htm.

  • Lian, R. K. (2007). Case study (Myanmar): Planting house churches in a Buddhist country. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 323-328). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Muse, G. (2007). Case study (Ecuador): The story and strategy of “The church in your house.” In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 370-375). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Nacua, R. (2007). Case study (Philippines): The wanderer: Unplanned house church planting. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 315-319). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.


References3

References

  • Noble, J. (2007). Case study (Britain): A retrospective on the British house church movement of the 1970’s. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 341-345). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Vision Video & Eastern Mennonite Missions. (2007). Case study (Ethiopia): How an underground church survived persecution. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 304-309). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Yun, B., Yongze, P. X., Wang, E., & Hattaway, P. Back to Jerusalem: Three Chinese house church leaders share their vision to complete the great commission. Atlanta, GA: Authentic. Website - www.backtojerusalem.com

  • Zdero, R. (2004). The global house church movement. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

  • Zimmerman, H. (2007). Case study (Russia): The house church movement of Mother Russia. In R. Zdero (Ed.), Nexus: The world house church movement reader (pp. 338-340). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.


Other resources

Other Resources

  • Books

    • Banks, R. & Banks, J. (1998). The church comes home. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers.

    • Choudhrie, V. (2006). Greet the ekklesia! The church in your house. Victor Choudhrie.

    • Dale, F. & Dale, T. (2002). Simply church. Manchaca, TX: Karis Publishing (available through www.house2house.com).

    • Fitts, R. (2001). The church in the house: A return to simplicity. Salem, OR: Preparing the Way Publishers.

    • Hattaway, P. The heavenly man: The remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun. Grand Rapids, MI: Monarch Books.

    • Simson, W. (1999). Houses that change the world: The return of the house churches. Emmelsbull, Germany: C&P Publishing.

    • Webber, R. E. (2002). The younger evangelicals: Facing the challenges of the new world. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

    • Zdero, R. (Ed.) (2007). Nexus: The world house church movement reader. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.


Other resources1

Other Resources

  • Video

    • Like a mighty wave: Church planting movements (available from www.imb.org – click on videos and then search for video title)

    • Tidal wave: An exploration of simple church (available from www.house2house.com)

    • When you come together: Simple church gatherings – what do we do? (available from www.house2house.com)

  • Websites

    • www.house2house.com

    • www.journeypath.com

    • www.dcfi.org

    • www.cmaresources.org

    • www.housechurch.ca

    • www.pathfindersfellowships.com


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