house churches

here is Lisa Miller of Newsweek talking about house churches in the U.S.  fascinating short read.

Now, says David Kinnaman, president of the Barna research group, many Christians are expressing “disappointment that the congregational models have become so consumeristic.” “House church”—also called home church, simple church, or organic church—is “the new expression of hippie Christianity,” says Kinnaman. If the megachurch is Budweiser, the house church is a microbrew.

But as with microbrewers, church-goers endlessly dispute the ingredients that make up an authentic house church.

give it a look see and tell me what you think. In your experience is this phenomenon caused by a “mistrust [of] authority and institutional hierarchy”?

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