A manifestation of the view that community, not doctrine, should be the basis for choosing a church is the phenomenon of the house church. A small group of friends get together in each other’s houses on Sundays for worship and Bible study. There is no clergy and no institution at all, really. It is the polar opposite of the megachurch.
George Barna has said this is the wave of the future, and I know some people who “do church” in this way. Members of house churches claim that this is the model of the early church. What do you think about this? Could a house church constitute a valid congregation? Or is it intrinsically sectarian?