A House Church is a community of Christ followers on mission to make and multiply disciples.

FAQs

Why meet in House Churches?

At Salem Alliance, we believe that church is much more than simply attending a Sunday service at a church building.

It’s about belonging and contributing to a community of Christ followers. It’s about growing as disciples of Jesus and responding in obedience to His voice in our lives. It’s about being sent out as missionaries to do God’s kingdom work in our community and engaging with the vital mission of making and multiplying disciples.

The characteristics described above are essential to being the Church and we believe that these can be best cultivated and expressed in the context of a House Church. It’s as we engage in this way that we will move closer towards our vision of Salem being a city at peace with God.

What is a House Church?

A House Church is a community of Christ followers on mission to make and multiply disciples.

We use four words to describe the DNA of our House Churches: community, discipleship, mission and multiplication.

All of these elements are interconnected and are essential for a House Church to thrive.

Community

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them...” Romans 12:5-6

As a community of Christ followers, our relationships are marked by love, acceptance and commitment, as we intentionally spend time together each week and invest into each other’s lives.

We also desire to extend this love to others outside of our community as we invite and welcome newcomers to join our House Church.

We come to our House Church as contributors, not simply as consumers, knowing that we each are uniquely gifted by God for the benefit of our community.

Discipleship

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in Him, He it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

As disciples, it’s our desire to be with Jesus and become more like Him. 

We are devoted to spending regular time in His presence together—praying, worshipping, listening to and discussing His Word.

We also recognize with the invitation to discipleship, comes the challenge of obedience. We are called not only to be hearers of the Word but doers and this often involves risk, leading us out of our comfort zones.

Mission & Multiplication

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

As missionaries commissioned by God, our primary calling in life is to participate in and be witnesses to His Kingdom work. We seek to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of Jesus to our community through evangelism, justice, healing and deliverance.

We are also entrusted with the task of making and multiplying disciples, who then make and multiply more disciples. This multiplication process is a vital part of the health and growth of our House Church community and fulfilling our vision of a city at peace with God.

What can a House Church look like?

The beauty of House Churches is that they can come in many shapes and sizes.

House Churches meet on most days of the week, morning, afternoon and evening, all over our city.

A lot of House Churches gather as a community in homes and share a meal together. Some may meet on campus, other public spaces or on Zoom.

Most House Churches will engage with discussion about the sermon, the Bible study guide or a combination of both.

All House Churches embrace a missional lifestyle that seeks to proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom in the ordinariness of life. 

Who can lead a House Church?

Anyone who feels called to lead a community of Christ followers and disciple them in the mission of making and multiplying disciples.

We understand such a role can feel intimidating so know that we are here to equip you along the way.

Interested in leading a House Church?

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