The church we read about in Scripture lived in incredible, powerful, intimate community. We think they did a great job, and we want to follow their model of meeting together.
The 1st Century church met together by the thousands, but followed Jesus' teaching and example of community by living life together by the dozens. They gathered throughout the week by the dozens in House Churches.
House Church is our primary vehicle for discipleship and community through River City Church. House Church is the primary context where people will be known by others and is what keeps our church community intimate and organic – no matter how large Sundays gatherings grow.
The early church addressed their gatherings to "the church who met in ____'s house", so we call ours HOUSE CHURCH. They met together young and old, so we meet together CROSS-GENERATIONALLY.
They met together GEOGRAPHICALLY, so we encourage people to find the House Church located closest to their home.
They met each other's needs, so we MEET OTHERS NEEDS within House Church – not another benevolent model.
They studied the Scriptures, so we have SCRIPTURE-BASED STUDY.
As in Acts 2:42-47, House Church will be the epicenter of:
teaching and discipleship
discovering our gifts and serving,
encouragement, friendship and accountability
meeting each other’s needs, prayer for one another
Each House Church is carefully selected and led by a qualified, trained, accountable pastor from River City who oversees the teaching, leadership, and care of each individual in their House Church.