"Xenos is not a large meeting church that happens to have home groups. It is a home group-based church that also has large meetings." - Gary DeLashmutt, Lead Pastor
Long before home groups became popular in American Christianity, Xenos was based entirely on home churches. In fact, we began with home churches years before we had large meetings. Still today, we view home groups as essential to developing close friendships and personal discipleship as prescribed in the New Testament, and more people attend our home group meetings than our large central teachings.
What is a Home Group?
In the New Testament we find descriptions of early church life that are very appealing. Groups who regularly met together were close knit, dynamic, and excited about their faith. These original churches met in people's homes and experienced an intimacy that is often lacking in a modern church (Acts 2:43-47, Ephesians 4:15-16).
In Xenos, involvement in a home group is one of the most important ways to begin growing and continue growing as a Christian. These groups provide a place for Christians to develop close fellowship and to learn and grow. They also help non-Christians learn more about what it means to be a Christian.
The Bible explains God has arranged a special role for each Christian in the local Christian community (1 Cor. 12:11-25). To that end, we emphasize becoming part of a home group where we can share Christian love with one another in practical ways and learn about the Bible. Home groups often take part in fun and exciting group activities, offering an ideal environment to develop deeper friendships.
Why Have Home Groups?
Thousands of churches have instituted some sort of home group program during the past decade or two, and not all work that well. But at Xenos we view it as the backbone of community and healthy growth. Our church has grown as a home group-based ministry for more than 30 years, and we want to share our experiences.