I am curious about experiences with home-based fellowship groups. As another thread noted, it’s not correct to call thee groups “Protestants” (because they’re not protesting any doctrines), or even “Churches” though they may meet on Sunday mornings. From my experience they are reacting to the “mega-church” mentality, common in some denominations, of dragging as many people as possible into a church on Sunday to hear a lecture by a well-educated Bible scholar that affirms what you believe, then going home unchanged. They are correct in saying that this approach doesn’t leave room for fellowship, forming strong relationships with other brothers & sisters in Christ, and being accountible for living out your faith the rest of the week. We Catholics go to Mass for a different reason, of course, to worship Christ and receive his body. But still, we also have a need for fellowship as well. If they invite a Catholic to their group, saying, “please go to Mass as well; we want you to remain faithful to your own Church too”, there doesn’t seem to be a problem in accepting?
I realize that there are small-group community movements within the Catholic church as well, and that’s wonderful. I just don’t see why we can’t have it all–Mass with fellow Catholics, solid teaching from our magesterium, AND close fellowship with Christians of all kinds.
Most home-churchers seem to be coming out of Protestantism, but I’m curious if anyone knows of people with this non-doctrinal fellowship-based mindset converting to or from the Catholic Church? (For example, are any of the stories in the Surprised by Truth series relevant?)