Four members of the clergy react in In Theory: Practicing in Small Groups to the prevalence of house churches. Good? Bad? A replacement for mega-churches?
Why do we care about house churches? House churches, which are essentially small lay-led worship groups, use a model that is similar to what can be done in the workplace. According to one clergy person:
The informal setting reminds us that we should never feel that prayer is reserved for a specific time or place. We should strive to communicate with the divine on a regular basis, wherever we may be — whether it’s in a living room, at a workplace or on a freeway during rush hour — since God is everywhere and ever-attentive to our call.