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The birth of a church

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in blog links, definition | 5 comments

The birth of a church

Guy at “The M Blog” has written a very important post called “How to start a house church.”

According to Guy, only two things are needed to start a house church: 1) Gather people and 2) make disciples. He offers some examples from his own experience, but he settles on these two main points as necessary.

(By the way, I stole the picture from Guy’s post “It’s all about Jesus,” which include “faces and scenes” of house churches in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he lives.)

So, if Guy correct? Is gathering people and making disciples (assuming that we’re making disciples of Jesus Christ) all that we need to be a church?

If not, then what is missing? If so, then what happens when other things are added as necessary or important?


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  1. 3-10-2011

    Don’t you have to have a leadership team, a bedroom set aside for a nursery, a big screen tv with surround sound for worship videos, and lots of really comfy furniture?

  2. 3-11-2011

    i liked his post. and the “10 commandments of Jesus” was interesting.

  3. 3-11-2011




    What I like best about Guy’s post is that he’s actually doing it.


  4. 3-17-2011

    What is missing? Good question. This is how we have been operating the past couple of years. Pages could be written as to how we have come to this simple 2-step process for planting churches. But suffice it to say, what we are trying to do is focus on making disciples. I believe this is a process that takes time. We don’t just ‘start a church’ what we do is ‘gather people’ and then begin discipling those people to become followers of Jesus. If we will do our part to obey Christ’s command to “make disciples”, we believe He will be faithful to keep his promise, “I will build my church…”

  5. 3-17-2011


    Your comment is exactly why I appreciate your post. This is not an academic exercise for you. You are living it! Thank you!