Learn from recent history of organic non-denominational house churches

Learn from recent history of organic non-denominational house churches July 5, 2013

All over the world non-denominational church movements are springing up. Some call them organic, others “house churches” and others “restoration” or “apostolic.” All those labels have been used of the movement that I have been a part of since the mid 1970s. Newfrontiers grew from humble early beginnings to become the largest charismatic church stream in the UK and spread to many other nations. Many of the first house churches are now warehouse churches.

Much has changed in recent times, but whether you are part of Newfrontiers or another similar group, or just interested in recent church history the resource I want to mention to you today is very worthwhile. As the website explains,

For about 30 years the Newfrontiers family of churches produced a regular teaching magazine. This provided a valuable body of material about different aspects of doctrine and practice.

The whole set has now been combined on a searchable data DVD thus providing a valuable resource. It also gives a history of Newfrontiers up to the end of 2011 and is an essential resource for anyone who wishes to explore the Vision and Values of Newfrontiers or to become familiar with the history of this family of churches, now numbering about 1000 in over 65 nations.

In addition there are newsletters, reports, books and other archived materials which can be accessed through a fast and easy search facility.

If you want to learn from this movements best practices and from our mistakes, this set of magazines will be very helpful. Newfrontiers was originally a spin-off from a wider “Restoration” movement in the UK and there is also a set of magazines available from that wider movement.

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  • Joss Bray

    Hi Adrian.

    Thanks for the info. I have been in Newfrontiers churches for
    many years. That is because I think they are pretty close to a biblical
    approach to church and the quality of leadership and teaching has
    generally been really good.

    I would say though that if people
    are going to learn from our Newfrontiers experience, they wont find much
    documented in the magazines etc about things that have gone wrong –
    failed church plants, leaders gone off the rails, relationship problems

    I often feel that we do ourselves and others a disservice
    by almost sweeping these under the carpet and giving the impression all
    in the garden is rosy and growing. I know we need to encourage with good
    news but I reckon we also need to encourage with the whole truth so
    when things do go wrong in our churches, we can see it in a wider
    perpective and understand and deal with it in a better way, rather than
    just being discouraged and put off church.

    After all, the bible does not gloss over or fail to document many mistakes
    the disciples and churches made – and we can all learn from this. There
    must be a reason God wrote it like this!

    This may be a view peculiar to me but I would be very interested in your thoughts.

    All the best


    • Joss, the problem is that you really can’t share in printed form the problems of others. I get what you are saying, but I don’t think you will find any family of churches that records such things in a magazine. I do think that it is important that difficulties are acknowledged locally and the fall-out dealt with sympathetically. I also think sometimes churches rush into planting new churches with leaders who are not really called or ready to lead alone. We probably need fewer churches but larger churches

  • greggordon

    A good free house church volume to encourage church planting: PRINCIPLES FOR THE GATHERING OF BELIEVERS UNDER THE HEADSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST – http://gospelfellowships.net/principles-book/