Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 272 Vendor: Baker Academic Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches) ISBN: 0801045533 ISBN-13: 9780801045530 Availability: In Stock
In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives. The Church Comes Home is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues--for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large--and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
Robert Banks is director and dean of Macquarie Christian Studies Institute in Sydney, Australia. Previously he was founding professor of the ministry of the laity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and executive director of the De Pree Leadership Center.
Julia Banks, deceased, and her husband Robert were involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they led seminars and assisted congregations in developing this style of gathering in many parts of the world. Julia coordinated the community house in which she and Robert lived with a group of students. She was also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches.