Home-Church [UPDATED]

UPDATE: OK – I got fooled by an purely satricial article that i found thru AddisonRoad – thanks Bob Hyatt who commented twice before I changed this.

But rather than just delete the whole post and save face, the article called “More Kids Being Home-Churched’ makes me wonder if the term “home-church” will be a substitute for what George Barna is calling ‘Family Faith Journey’ in his book Revolution. The family in the article are probably not real, but I have come across real families who are bringing church back into their homes. Even done it myself . . I mean . . ourselves.

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Home church, as in the genre of “home-school” is different than house church and simple church. It is a return to the OIKOS (extended household) as a base for spiritual resourcing. Barna believes 5% of Americans worship this way. I think its larger, but harder to detect. If the word “home church” will be adopted, I recommend using home-church with a dash because it is much easier to track when data mining the internet, making it easy for home-church people to connect with each other online.

How’s that for making a blog post out of an embarrassing situation? Thanks Bob for rescuing me. Bob Hyatt, ladies and gentleman, a man still coming to terms with Saddlebacks’s Video Venues and Emergent facial hair styles.


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


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