Author: Ron Graham


Cottage Meetings
—Small scale outreach opportunity

The early Christians taught the gospel in private homes as well as in larger assemblies (Acts 5:42 and 20:20). In some towns, private homes served as meeting places for smaller churches (Romans 16:5, 1Corinthians 16:19, Philemon 1:2). At times, however, when Christians arranged a meeting in a private home, it was not a church, or even "a church within a church". It was simply a private gathering of neighbours, relatives, and friends. The most famous such "cottage meeting" was the one arranged by Cornelius at which Peter the Apostle was invited to speak (Acts 10:22-24).

1 Homes Provide Opportunity

Homes are a resource blessing enabling small churches, and Christian households in larger churches, to reach and teach. By holding Bible study and prayer meetings in your home, inviting brethren, neighbours, friends, relatives, associates, community leaders, denominational people, and so forth, you will be following a scriptural pattern and successful plan for bringing God's word to people and bringing people to God.

2 Co-operating with the church

This point probably goes without saying. Cottage meetings should not compete and interfere with an established church, or worse still become a sort of subversive underground cell, promoting heresy or stealing sheep. Obviously a "cottage meeting" should mesh with the program of the church proper, and have the blessing (and if necessary the guidance) of the church elders.

3 Advantages of Cottage Meetings

The advantages of "cottage meetings" are many. For example...