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Experience in the Household of Faith 17

Independent Home-based Groups

Each Faith House experience will be time-limited. Each will covenant for a two-year program. Participants will contract to begin new Households of Faith at the end of this period. The development group is determined to ensure that the covenanting form and process is carefully thought out and documented.✞

Accountability and Connectedness

The group is also thinking through issues of accountability and the ways in which Households of Faith will be connected to the institutional church. The Area Bishop may play a key role in the process and oversight of the process. Clergy may play a key role in equipping the leaders, both in launching new Households and in preparation for their eventual "multiplication." As a point of clarification, Ron distinguished the Household of Faith initiative from the "house church movement," in which there is no structure or central organization. Rather, the latter model consists of independent home-based groups that sometimes grow into conventional congregations or often wither away. In contrast, Households of Faith maintain a firm link to the Episcopal structure and parish ministry.✞

"Faith House Experience"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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