About

Neighbors Home Church had its first meeting in 2009. As the house churches multiplied, we organized into a network and are registered as a legal church. We have a leadership team that meets monthly and each house church leader is trained and meets regularly with a mentor for accountability, instruction and encouragement. Since we have no property, our expenses are kept to a minimum. Therefore, we are able to fund ministries; for example, we have supported a missionary in Vietnam since 2009.

Our Mission:

Passionately pursuing transformation through Christ.

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Our Vision:

Our vision for Neighbors Home Church is to multiply home churches throughout, while remaining connected in a network. These home churches will be simple in nature, focused on outreach and purposeful in the maturing process. This will be accomplished through authentic relationships and by discussing Scripture to explore its relevance in transforming lives.

Core Values:

  1. Simplify by Letting Go of the Unnecessary
  2. Biblically Centered
  3. Focusing on the Mission: Go/Multiplication/Maturity  (Matthew 28:18-20)
  4. Risk Taking
  5. Diversity unified by love
  6. Accepting People where they are
  7. Mindset of Kingdom, rather than Church
  8. Motivated by Love
  9. “Overseer” Led

Core Beliefs:

  1. The Authority of Scripture
  2. Triune God – Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit: self-existent, eternal, unchanging, omnipotent, omnipresent, holy, righteous, and loving.
  3. Mankind is physical and spiritual, yet fallen, having a sin nature.
  4. Jesus Christ – Fully God and fully man, died on the cross to redeem humankind from his sinful nature.
  5. Salvation – By grace through faith in Jesus’ atonement
  6. Church – An assembly of believers

A Little About Me

Hi I’m Kevin Abbott. I grew up on a small farm near Decatur, Indiana and currently live just southwest of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Angie and I have been married since 1986 and we have two adult children. I enjoy dates with my wife, camping, farming, scuba diving and bicycling.

For most of my career, I have been involved in tool and die as well as the manufacturing of medical implants. I was an associate pastor at a traditional non-denominational church for four years. I have a B.S. in Pastoral Ministries from Fort Wayne Bible College and an M.A. in Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am ordained by the American Evangelistic Association, so I can legally do pastor stuff like performing weddings and funerals.

I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 6 years old. I love being a Christian! The thing I find most rewarding is feeling like I am part of an earth-shaking mission for the Almighty’s Kingdom. When I think about Jesus, I am in awe of His limitless righteous power and yet His incredible love and compassion for the likes of me.

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Leadership Team

We have a team of leaders who have a variety of skills, and passions. They meet with me monthly to pursue our role for the King and His Kingdom. In the house church setting, we ask ourselves, “How can we lead people to Christ and help them grow?”

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What is a House Church?

Simple Definition

A house church is an authentic church by both biblical and traditional definitions. Sometimes misunderstood, the church is a group of people, rather than a building. It has biblical instruction, prayer, worship, communion, baptism, discipline and connection and is part of God’s universal church. It models the early church by being simple…back-to-the-basics.

Simple Gathering

Neighbors Home Church is family style and informal. Each church is designed to be small, ranging from 6-18 people, with all age groups together. We have lively interaction; discussing a portion of the Bible for about an hour and then just chatting for about another hour. Sometimes we have a meal together.

Simple Message

Jesus’ message is simple, yet profound:

~ God loves us and wants us in heaven.

~ The Bible is truth, the source for meaning and direction.

~ Connection is important – life is tough; don’t do it alone.

~ Positive change is possible through the Holy Spirit’s power.

~ Engage in a world changing mission

Simple Mission

The Gospel message has the power to transform lives. We take Jesus’ command literally to “Go and make disciples.” Our passion is to connect with the unchurched in home church settings in a simple back to the basics way.

Simple Structure

Each gathering is a church and the churches clustered together form a network. There are no buildings and few expenses, so finances can be spent on outreach. Each house church leader is trained and meets monthly with other leaders for mutual accountability, instruction and encouragement.

The House Church has Ancient Roots

After Jesus birth, the Wise Men came to His house. This is a significant gathering for worship. They traveled a long distance, bowed down, worshipped Him and offered gifts (Matthew 2:11).

The Last Supper in the Upper Room is the most complete picture of a worship service that we have in the New Testament. Jesus and 12 people ate a meal together, had prayer, teaching, singing, a foot washing, communion, and even discipline (Judas was bad you know).

When the Apostle Paul talks about churches in his writings, he is talking about house churches, for instance, “Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house” (1 Corinthians 16:19).

Religious buildings were common in New Testament times. Jewish and Pagan temples are mentioned 192 in the New Testament yet the early church did not build any church buildings for the first 300 years.

The early church experienced incredible growth all the while meeting in homes. When the last disciple died around 100 A.D. the church numbered around 25,000 by 313 A.D. it had grown to 20 million. All of this growth took place in house churches.

John Wesley (1791) a church reformer, had 72,000 followers in Great Britain and 57,000 in America. All were connected in a network of multiplying house churches. A setting that developed thousands of young Christians into mature believers and many into strong leaders.

Today

One out of ten Americans attend a house church every week (Barna, 2006, State of the Church).

What to do

If you are looking for a simple church or perhaps you want to know more about Jesus, you can come to one of Neighbors existing home churches or better yet I’ll come to you. You can invite your friends and we can discuss anything that interests you in a place where you are comfortable.