Home church: Fellowship in the living room

Home church group
Cambridge, Minnesota, has two formal home church groups. This one, known as the Blue Fish Group, meets in the living room of member Bob Roby on Saturday, December 4, 2010. A typical home church "service" consists of music, prayer, theological discussions and a shared meal.
MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel

In the age of megachurches, a growing number of Christians are looking for a more intimate way to connect with God and each other. Enter the home church movement.

In the home church model, there is no ordained pastor. There are no sermons. There's no formal choir. Instead, small groups of the faithful meet in private homes, hoping to take the reigns of their own religious development.

The Bible offers examples of ancient home church networks. In societies where Christians were persecuted, home churches flourished. For many modern-day followers, home church is a way to follow more closely in the footsteps of Jesus, who is believed to have embraced a non-hierarchical approach to spiritual leadership.

Cambridge, Minnesota, a community of 5000, boasts a tight-knit home church network. Reporter Nikki Tundel met up with its members for a firsthand look at their favored form of fellowship.

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