Features & Articles - Church & Church Planting

Article Search

Worshipping at Home: Household Churches by ABC News

Household Churches New Norm for Some Families by Sarah Netter & ABC News

A group of friends gathered in cozy living room on a Friday night -- it may have looked like a social gathering, but it was actually a church service.

For the last year and a half, Robert Sheridan, his wife and son have hosted church services in their modest home in the Bronx. They are among a growing number of families who choose to worship outside a typical brick and mortar church.

Sheridan said he began attending this type of "home church" a few years ago when he was exploring alternatives to traditional churches.

"After awhile, it seems natural and the right thing to do to host myself," he said.

Jared Looney, the leader of the church that meets in Sheridan's home, is also involved with a network of like-minded home churches in New York City and New Jersey.

Like Sheridan, he is raising his young child -- 5-year-old Adalia -- to worship God in a much smaller, more intimate setting."When you're meeting in a small community like this ... it really allows you, in a way it nudges you, towards focusing on the basics of the Christian faith," he said, " because there's really not a lot extra."

According to a study done last year by the Pew Forum, 7 percent of Americans surveyed say they worship in someone's home, including 9 percent of Protestants and 4 percent of Catholics. Other Protestants in the Pew survey said they worship in places like restaurants, hotels, schools or campgrounds.

For Sheridan and Looney, they said it's less about where they meet and more about their small, close-knit community. The unnamed church that meets at Looney's house has 12 to 15 members.

The weekly Friday services usually start with a small social hour, followed by a meal together. The group then sings, prays and holds a Bible discussion and a simple communion...

>>Read the rest at ABC NEWS here


Greenhouse Training

See also the articles

Global Youth Awakening by Erik & Jen Fish
What Do You Do with Kids? by Erik Fish

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
What is a Real Hero in God's Kingdom?

<<See Videos List

<<Back to Features & Articles


Featured Article

Discipleship: Copies of the Original
by Chris Suitt

We must start helping people learn how to stay focused on and living in the presence of Jesus all day long...more


To submit an article for consideration on our website, send an email HERE with the subject line "Article for CMA website".

facebook logo
Facebook Page
CMAResources Twitter

CMA Logo

Join Our E-Newsletter List

Sign up today to receive updates on happenings from CMA

Sign Up Now

See the Archives of past e-newsletters HERE


Primal Fire cover

Primal Fire

by Neil Cole

Primal Fire is a book that any Christian can read and find helpful in their calling to serve Jesus. It is a paradigm shifting work that will affect the way we understand ourselves and how we relate to one another in Christ's body...more

MP3 Downloads

MP3 Downloads - Only $.99

Helpful teachings on many facets of organic church!

More than 40 different recordings from some of the finest practitioners in our movement...browse them all


Cultivating E-Book Cover

Cultivating a Life for God

by Neil Cole

The best selling book by Neil Cole, offered in E-Book format is now FREE for a LIMITED TIME! This clarion call to the work of disciplemaking and provides profound and practical help for any who would step up to the task of making disciples...more