House churches are one of the best ways to get plugged in and involved at Mars Hill. They provide an opportunity to intentionally build relationships with one another, to connect with God in a meaningful way, and to consider what it looks like to faithfully live out the way of Jesus in daily life. We seek to do this through eating together, sharing our stories, having honest conversations, engaging with Jesus’ teachings, praying together, and participating in acts of compassion and service.
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Ultimately, helping us to fulfill our MH Mission of “Living out the way of Jesus in missional communities, announcing the arrival of his kingdom, working for measurable change among the oppressed.”
"41-42 That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. 43-45 Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met.” [Acts 2:42-45, MSG]
We’ve decided to use the elements of Acts 2:42 as a loose structure or scaffolding for our house churches, recognizing that each group will emphasize different facets and live out the way of Jesus together in their own unique way.
Apostle’s Teaching | Theology in Practice
What does it look like to read and reflect upon the Bible in community rather than individually? Together we’ll consider new perspectives, share the questions that plague us, find encouragement, and discern how our story may intersect with God’s story.
Common Meal | Eating Together
Whether it’s a full meal, simple snacks and beverages, or dessert and coffee, there’s something both really ordinary and deeply sacred about coming together around the table. It grounds us in our shared humanity and is a great starting place for connection.
Life Together | Authentic Conversation
Sharing more about the history, context, and trajectory of our lives will help us develop trust and build a foundation for further conversation and transformation.
Prayer | Connection with God
Jesus prioritized time in prayer and called his followers to prayer before his ascension. Prayer was also one of the defining features of the early church. As we seek to be a Jesus people for the sake of the world, we want to deepen our commitment to be a people animated by the Spirit through prayer.