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Different Service Times

Household Church Leaders"Medium sized" or "Multiple Household" churches generally had between fifty and two hundred congregational members attending worship each Sunday. At least ten families together comprised this worship unit much like in the old synagogue system. The clergy person was considered very much as the coordinator of the household heads, who were normally church leaders in various categories of the church's life.

Large Churches

Large churches of over two hundred members comprised a greater number of households operating side by side. The clergy person was more remote in this model but exercised considerable power. Program household church leaders were important and the elders apart from exercising control tended to be apart from the ordinary worshipper in the pew. Ministry was vested with the program leaders, the senior minister being an overall administrator and director of programs.

Different Service Times

A Large CongregationIndividual households in a medium or large church may not have been known to one another because they worshipped at different service times. Household church leaders relied on a group of lay leaders who assisted in pastoring each household. Success in developing households lay in the clergy's ability to look beyond the formal institutional grouping. In discovering the real household units, he or she could then encourage and support household leaders and development. New households developed as God's opportunity presented itself.✞

"Household Church Leaders"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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