Most church plants begin in homes. The reason is simple: most church plants are small and therefore need little space. Over time, the hope is that as the church shares the gospel, people will come to Christ as Lord and Savior. This will in most cases cause the church to grow in number.
This is where the strange thing happens. There is an almost automatic and unquestioned assumption that the church must leave the home and get some sort of larger facility. What is implied in this assumption is that the house is not sufficient. The strange part in all this is that the house was sufficient for the church in the New Testament.
Read the entire article. Eric makes some good points. He is not saying that all churches should meet in homes, but that homes should be considered a valid and perhaps beneficial option.
In our little group of believers, we will soon be dealing with this question. If more people continue to meet with us, then our new meeting place will be too small. There are at least two ways we could approach this problem:
1) Find a bigger meeting place.
2) Have more than one meeting.
If we choose to have more than one meeting, keeping the meetings small, we will then have another issue to consider: how do we maintain fellowship (church) between the different meetings (church)? Can we?