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Encourage Healthy Diversity

Household GroupThe house of faith seeks to encourage healthy diversity by including a spread of ages, and representation of different racial and cultural groups. We know from the names of house members greeted by Saint Paul in Galatians 3.28, "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." These groups included Jews, Greeks, Romans, men and women, gentiles, Gauls, black and white persons, slaves and free men and women and so on. We encourage, as he did, the gifts of different ethnic and cultural groups to be shared in the house, as they undoubtedly were in the Early Church. Members of other denominations are welcome to be part of the house faith. Several generations should also be included as extended Christian homes did in the Early Church including all ages from grandparents down to the smallest child. This is an ideal but we recognize that, for example, a group of teenagers may be more comfortable meeting together with their own leadership than mixed in with older people. The house would agree to meet weekly during the first two years at a time decided by the group during the week or weekend, but not clashing with worship services at the local Church. Retirees or shift workers might prefer to meet during the daytime. Working adults or teenagers might gather on evenings. Children might be part of an adult meeting with their own teaching or as a separate group with an adult Leader and Host on a Saturday. All of these agreements would be reflected in their Household Covenant.

"House Faith Development"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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