In a country like Canada where there is a freedom of religion, why is there a need for house churches? Anecdotal evidence by Flow Without Bounds Ministries shows that about 80% of the Canadian population is not willing to step into a formal church building. Yet many are open to stepping into the home of their neighbours. At the core, house churches represent God’s heart in being with people right where they live.
A house church shares all the characteristics of a conventional church but is held in the comfort of a home. The informal and intimate space creates a unique atmosphere that communicates it is a safe place for people to come as they are to talk about anything in their lives. Being in a house church produces a depth of vulnerability and genuineness because of a tight-knit community formed by the small group of attendees.
Lighthouse is the name of Flow’s house church ministry. The name “Lighthouse” is drawn from Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” As the light from a lighthouse provides direction for sailors at sea, Flow’s Lighthouses have a missional purpose to take the light of Christ and shine it into all spheres of life.
Each Lighthouse has a pastor that leads its weekly worship service. Church ordinances such as the Lord’s Supper and baptism are regularly practiced. Flow’s Lighthouse attendees do not necessarily live in the same neighbourhood; in fact, many live in the surrounding areas.
Currently, Flow has two Lighthouses:
- Kin Village, Sundays at 2:30pm
- Woodbine and Elgin Mills, Sundays at 7:30pm
If you would like to come check out any of our house churches, please contact us!