1) persecution and the consequent necessity to be secretive;
2) financial necessity. There is not enough money to rent, build, or buy;
3) the size of the church. There may be enough money, but there are not enough people to warrant a separate building used only a few times a week;
4) on principle. It is better to have forty house churches or twenty-five people each, than it is to have a building for one thousand people. The house churches will reach the city faster than the big church. They can double in size, divide, and multiply.
The house churches are not dependent on a gifted, high-powered pastor, nor a big, professional staff. In fact, they may not have a staff at all. They minister to each other. They are by nature family oriented. If they do require a pastor supported by the congregation full time, it need not be a financial burden.
If the church is made up of ten families, each of which has an …