In their book, “Starting a House Church,” Larry Kreider and Floyd McClung, give a good representation of different models/expressions of churches. We believe that God can work in each of these models as long as they remain based on a Biblical government. The three styles of churches as described by Kreider and McClung are: Community Churches, Mega-Churches and House Church Networks.
“In nearly every city around the world, you can find what we call community churches.” Most of these churches meet in a church facility each Sunday morning in addition to holding various meetings at the church building throughout the week. There are many styles and flavors of community churches, such as: the Methodist, Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Vineyard, Assemblies of God, nondenominational, and independent flavors—the list goes on…
The community church reminds us of the local community store. Where do you buy your groceries? You probably shop at a local grocery store in your community; you may walk to a shop around the corner. Some neighborhood stores are larger than others, some are independent, whereas, others are part of a larger chain; you may even personally know the clerks and where specific items are shelved.
You go to the community store because it’s close to where you live. Likewise, community churches are places that serve your local area, offering that small-town feel…Proximity and ease of access are a big part of the nature of the community church as they are of community grocery stores.
Mega churches are like superstores. For those in Europe, Tesco Extra may be an example that comes to mind; in America, perhaps Wal-Mart.
Larry and Floyd go on to describe the mega-church in this way:
“People will drive hours to shop