Contrary to the claims of many house church promoters who are anti-institutional church...
I'm all in favor of house churches (and institutional churches).
The house church (also called a home church) is for those who reject the institutional church or who want more interactive church meetings and fellowships. Even some large churches have home fellowships.
I support the home church movement, but I won't say it's the best model. Certainly it's taught in the Bible but not by the early church which soon deviated away.
My main objections to the house church movement are the same objections I have of the institutional churches — the emphasis is not on...
Rather, the emphasis of many house church groups is...
Proponents often claim the early Christians met in houses to avoid persecution, but I see no evidence of this. The only persecution at this time came from the Jews, but even so, Christians were apparently allowed to attend the synagogue and even to speak in the synagogue.
It is not true that the apostolic house church had no leaders. In every case there was an elder (presbyter) in charge. In fact, in every group of two or more people, there will be leaders. It's madness to insist that your house church has no leaders.