The world mission scene is filled with examples of the church growing through networks of multiplying simple/house churches. It is the hearts desire of 1God.Community to encourage and facilitate this movement within the community of Biblical Monotheists. It is also hoped that these simple gatherings will continue to be affiliated with 1God.Community, not in a role of oversight, but one of fellowship. We chose to label these "Simple Gatherings" to emphasize this is something every believer can help start, as well as to unload much of the baggage associated with the term "church." (learn more about the Greek word "ekklesia.")
The model is quite simple and reproducible. Every believer can be part of this work.
The foundation is a growing relationship with God through a LifeChange Partner group of two or three people.
When there are two or three groups of LifeChange Partners, it is time to consider meeting as a simple gathering (ekklesia). (click here for recommendations on How To Meetas well as Frequently Asked Questions)
As the LifeChange Partner groups continue to multiply, eventually the simple gathering (ekklesia) must multiply, starting a network of ekklesias.
Periodically, the simple gatherings (ekklesias) join together for special occasions of prayer, teaching, or worship. It may happen as often as monthly or as infrequently as quarterly.
As disciples move to different cities or countries, either due to work/family reasons or purposefully in service to God, the process starts all over again!
Although there are numerous examples of this model, I will only give links for three examples, two are facilitated by well known Christian pastors/authors. Francis Chan stepped down as pastor of a mega-church to start "We Are Church" in the San Francisco area. Also, Church Multiplication Associates, led by Neil Cole, has multiple networks of organic churches using much the same model. Finally, a very similar model recently started in OK called Home Church. Church Multiplication Associates have a plethora of wonderful resources available on their website.
(while these resources may espouse doctrinal perspectives you disagree with, they generally present universal principles applicable to all)