House Church vs. Organic Church? A starting point for discussing an interpretive framework: Part 1


Shared from Incurable God Lover, a snippet. Excellent piece.

 

INTRODUCTION: “House Church vs. Organic Church?” It seems strange to word a blog article title that way, but there really is something to it. If Barna’s research is accurate at all, there has been a huge increase in the number of people that currently attend or are involved with a house church/simple church/organic church. However, I think that what you’ll find in each house church is that some of them are simply replicating what the traditional church does, but on a micro-level. Here’s what I mean:

  1. Primarily one guy leading from the front (male-centered hierarchy).
  2. 10% of the people doing 90% of everything (laziness in some, overactivity in most).

  3. No liberty (or desire) of all the members to use their gifts during the meeting.

If you think about it, that is what many house churches are doing. They are simply replicating what the traditional church does, but without the expensive buildings, budgets, and sound systems.

It’s hermeneutics silly!

Organic church is different. Organic church “just happens”. Yeah, that sounds like anarchy, but it’s not…at least it’s not supposed to be. If the Spirit is at work, God’s people will be motivated in community to minister to one another and the world because “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). This is hardly anarchy, but is a Spirit-generated order. This means that elders will arise supernaturally

 

Source: House Church vs. Organic Church? A starting point for discussing an interpretive framework: Part 1