“I’m not really a proponent of house churches, since most of them are quite insipid in my opinion.” (Frank Viola)
“We can talk a lot about a 24/7, Jesus-following lifestyle, but the reality is often that the only real change is that we gather in a small, participatory gathering rather than a large, stage-oriented one.” (Roger Thoman)
“Often our small groups in our houses are run like mini-churches, aren’t they? We do the same thing we experience on Sunday, but it’s just bad. We have a mother and son combo on the guitar, and the Bible study is never quite as good as the pastor’s sermon. It’s a back up. It’s just mini-church done badly.” (Alan Hirsch)
What do you think about this? Is this an inevitable outcome? If not, what specifically makes the difference?