Right after George Barna wrote his book Revolution, I remember an immediate buzz about house churches and Barna’s lauding of the movement. However, in recent days but that seems to have waned a bit. But house churches are still evidently an object of interest for national media, as evidenced by this recent Newsweek piece by Lisa Miller. I like Miller’s work and have read a few of her columns. This one is particularly interesting for her digging out of a little tidbit that I didn’t see covered anywhere else: 7% of Americans say that they attend religious services in someone’s home. I’m not sure if I have ever run across a statistic like that which actually can make a substantive claim on the extent of the house church movement in the U.S. (though I probably should have). Reputable research on house churches is just hard to come by.
So, what does it mean? That number seems pretty large considering that it is 7% of all Americans, not just those who would call themselves Christians or those who attend church occasionally. Miller also points out that 6% of all Americans consider themselves to be atheists, so that would be interesting if house church people alone outnumber U.S. atheists.
It lends support as well to the purpose of this site: exploring the common ecclesiological bonds between house church networks and multi-site churches. If there are that many house churches out there, then it is important to pay attention to the ecclesiology that is being practiced in their networking together.