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The following extract was brought to my attention by Paul Wildman, one of our subscribers. It provided a new slant for me on the prospect of house churches being a valid option for conveying the Jesus message in a world where “Christian” has become, in a remarkably short time, a “dirty” word.                                                                                                                                                                                     Rodney Eivers

“It would have been out of the question for [Saint] Paul that such female co-workers should be condemned to subservient silence. Paul traveled with these women, depended on the support of female patrons, and organized numerous local communities around the hospitality of powerful women. Because first- and second-generation Christian gatherings took place in domestic settings, which, unlike the public sphere, were traditionally presided over by women, positions of authority in these “house churches” naturally went to women. Paul’s authentic writings consistently reflect that. Indeed, they take the essential equality of women as a given.”


Carroll, James. Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age (p. 223). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Editorial Note -5th May 2018

Especially for past visitors to this Milpara website.

You will be aware that this website has been quiescent for several years.
This is mainly because your editor has had other preoccupations. One of those developing preoccupations is a growing awareness that the current model for congregations with the mainstream church denominations is unsustainable.
In early 2018, however, I became aware that other people may be seeing some merit in exploring an additional component. This would be something of a network of Christian groups meeting in private houses. They would be associated with a specific denomination but not tied to that denomination as a legal entity. So, although Milpara would continue to promote the “community” model of a church congregation as against a “doctrinal” model there may be virtue in stepping back from that primary structure – 50 to 100 worship attenders with one full-time minister. Instead we might generate a smaller more intimate “family” model of first contact with few if any administrative constraints. Of course, if the house church happened to grow (not its prime function) there may well be the opportunity to evolve into a standard congregation.
So you will find for the time being with Milpara that we may be making a fresh emphasis on the “house church”.

For a start you will find a page here  which in response to a call for thoughts on “What the church needs to do to address its decline” by the UC Forum (. This provides some basic suggestions as to what the house church scenario might entail. We would invite you to join us in this venture e-mail )
Rodney Eivers

PS. On coming back to this website I have been reminded of the list of people to whom notice of postings is sent. If this is considered to be impertinent please let me know and we shall remove your name. On the other hand there may be some who would like to be added to the list. Invite them to send their details to us.