One open secret of church life and growth is house groups, or cells, church in homes, etc. If the Holy Spirit life is flowing and new people are coming and finding the Lord, then everyone loves it, and God is glorified. It’s as simple as that.
Then why do we have lots of groups but not often that sense of life and growth? What is missing? What is needed?
About a year ago I found myself having to lead (that’s loosely put) worship in a small community house. As far as I could see it required a certain degree of confidence in singing and playing the guitar. Neither of which I had. In fact growing up going to church I would often ‘mouth’ the words to songs just to look like I was singing. Anyway, I accepted the challenge, drew the short straw and grabbed a guitar. It was a painfully embarrassing experience.
Back in April 2013 a few of us were sent on a visit to the Woodlands Church communities in Bristol. They have 11 communal houses across Bristol with about 150 people living in community (and growing). We stayed at one of their community houses on the Friday evening and joined them for a whole day conference about community the day after.