Husmenighet i Michiana
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Bildetekst tatt fra Southbend Tribune: Ken Zimmer, left, visiting from Casper, Wyo., Rebecca Kirk and Scot Jefferies, both of Sturgis, laugh at a comment by another participant in a "house church" service held recently in the Kirk family's home. Jefferies, a periodic visitor to church services in the Kirk home, is involved with a separate network of "simple churches" in the Michiana area.
Det er mye som tyder på at husmenighet som fenomen har tatt av i USA. Meningsmålinger viser at millioner er berørt. Men også stadige oppslag, spesielt i profane media, tyder på at noe er på gang.
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They favor intimate, ongoing dialogue among a small group of believers over what some see as the overly structured, ritualistic, one-way communication of Sunday morning in an "institutional" church.
Proponents stress that "house churches" are not small groups or "cells" momentarily breaking away from the large church body for intimacy or closeness. They are not groups meeting in homes until land can be bought and a church structure built. And, at least in the United States, they are not churches gone "underground" to avoid persecution.
House churches are an intentional choice to meet as the early Christians did -- in homes.
Chris Kirk felt no depth of fellowship in the traditional church, he says, labeling it "spectator Christianity." Explaining why he did not feel fulfilled, Kirk describes people going to a building at a designated time, sitting in pews, staring at the back of people's heads and listening to a minister's monologue.
"A priesthood of all believers" allows everyone to contribute and interact", he says.
"We work hard at being involved with each others' lives, helping each other, reaching out to our community together," he says of the nondenominational conversational church.
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