Centralized or Decentralized
Do house churches try to attract people (centralized) or go out into their community (decentralized)?
Our goal is to point people to Jesus Christ, not to bring them to an event. Of course, eventually, we want people to be a part of the body of Christ as that is where they will best be encouraged to walk with Christ. Our focus is for each person to go out into the community (decentralized) to develop relationships with friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. Some will want to see for themselves what real love and community actually looks like so we will invite them to join us for our gatherings.
Aren't there advantages to each one?
A centralized model can attract people on a surface level. However, a decentralized model promotes deep relationships and genuine community.
(From the book 'Church 3.0' by Neil Cole, page 128-129)