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Fresh Expression of Church Empowers Everyday Missionaries

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By Carl Stagner

They don’t have their own building, and they won’t be renting a school or a movie theater as they grow. They have no ambition to get big; in fact, they’ll multiply before they ever attract a crowd. They’re not looking to raise up associate pastors who will open a second campus. If they had a website, you wouldn’t find service times listed. The Foundry, based in Columbia City, Indiana, is not your typical church plant. It’s a “fresh expression” of church, and it’s designed to train disciples to use their spiritual gifts to make more disciples—at home, at work, and at play. Continue reading

House Church Reaches Out to Atheists, Agnostics in California

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By Carl Stagner

What do you get when you take away the church building, the multipurpose gymnasium, the praise band, the flashing lights, and the giant projection screens? If you gather to worship, teach, and witness to unbelievers, you still have a church. For the atheists, agnostics, spiritualists, and deists who connect regularly with the Church of God in Tracy, California, you’re left with just the kind of church they need. AtHome Church has scrapped the “if-you-build-it-they-will-come” notion for one that’s devoted instead to building authentic, long-lasting relationships with those farthest from the faith. Continue reading

Former CHOG Missionary, Sister Host Asian House Church

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By Carl Stagner

You may be able to take the missionary out of the country she served for twenty-two years, but you can’t take the missionary out of her. Though God had called Zonia Mitchell off the field after faithfully investing more than two decades of her life in Japan, he had not called her out of missions. Zonia and her sister Keri now minister together to Asians in their West Monroe, Louisiana, home. Continue reading

First Church Albuquerque: A 21st Century House Church

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By Carl Stagner

While many contemporary churches meet in spacious auditoriums and colossal tabernacles, the early church met together continually, wherever they could gather. As recorded in Acts 1, the apostles came together in the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pastor Helen Brown-Mulima is leading an innovative house church whose impact reaches far beyond the Land of Enchantment. Continue reading