We have been gathering as a launch team three out of four Sundays a month in the house of a friend on the team. The fourth Sunday we gather as a larger body in a building in Waukesha that we rent for that worship service. At the home gatherings we talk a little about where things are going as a church, but lately we've been having a full service-like session. It features a couple of readings, lots of stimulating theological discussion and a simple communion. It is very much a house church that we are trying to grow into a bigger entity, eventually. How that manifests itself remains to be seen.
At the moment, we are working on finding a meeting place so that we can have the larger corporate meetings weekly, instead of monthly. We're looking at renting a school or some local vacant spaces for a Sunday AM or PM service. It's been a challenge, but we're confident something appealing will come along.
But more about the experience. While I'm sure a "home church" sounds weird, cultish and uncomfortable to most people, it's something I've come to embrace. In our small setting, we've gotten to know and become fairly tight with about 7 families. This includes over a dozen kids. We share struggles and accomplishments, joys and concerns. And in the process, we've come to look forward to "church" in a new way. It meets all of us where we're at. We help each other through stuff, we learn from one another and we laugh a whole lot too. It gives me everything I ever got from a large church, plus a whole lot more.
So as I sat there at the post church potluck this morning, with the rattle and hum of kids playing and eating and the adults laughing and conversing, I realized how lucky I was to have them all as new friends. I am one of those people who thought that church should be a place you go to for an hour and a half every Sunday, and anything less was not really church. I'm finding that it's not about a building, at all. The tag line for Collective MKE is "Because, together is better."
I have to agree with that.