In my previous post about the Time magazine article on house church, I neglected to include this sentence preceding my quote which identifies the person quoted:
“Thom Rainer, a Southern Baptist who has written extensively on church growth”
My intention on posting was to simply highlight this too-often used critique of house churches.
Chris Turner from LifeWay added this comment to the post, and I agree that it is important that Dr. Rainer’s feelings about this subject are noted.
Chris Turner said…
I did want to provide a point of clarification. I arranged the interview for Dr. Rainer with Time. The reporter was looking for someone to speak to the contrary perspective, but was approaching deadline. I told her–as media relations manager for LifeWay–that I doubted Dr. Rainer would give her a contrary view, but that his comments would be beneficial. He actually told her that there is the danger for doctrinal problems in house churches, but the part of his comments she didn’t publish is that there are also problems in traditional churches when there is poor leadership or poor biblical exegesis. He said he had no problem at all with house churches and said he believes there are many effective methods for reaching people for Christ, but there effectiveness is closely tied to how true to Scripture the methodology stays.
Hope this provides some clarification. I can assure you that Dr. Rainer is a student of reaching people for Christ and will lead LifeWay to be more effective in the resources we provide to assist individuals and churches in that endeavor.
I agree with Dr. Rainer that there are many methods for reaching people for Christ. I believe that we will see God at work in both traditional churches and house churches. I hope that we will learn to respect and acknowledge that possibility.
Thank you Chris for bringing this to our attention.