Tuesday, January 09, 2007

"House Churches" on the Rise According to George Barna

The Barna Group has released a new study about house churches (of which we are) ...some very interesting satisfaction statistics.


While St. Francis Mission and the Anglican Mission to South Dakota do not completely fit all of the Barna Group's criteria for house churches, we are more close than not.

We do meet in a house (for now), we meet at least weekly, we have Bible study, fellowship, Mass, and generally a meal, we meet for 1 hour for worship and those who wish to stay for a fellowship snack, coffee, or meal do so.

We carry out a mission of service provision of hot meals, groceries, and clothing and lodging, to transients, and to the homeless and needy of our community on an as-needed basis, often daily.

We seek to serve God and man, as we learn more of Him.

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-collect for Epiphany Octave, 1928 BCP

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