The Body of Christ

Gathering in Each Other’s Homes

We are a Non-Denominational Community that believes and follows the whole Bible. We model ourselves after the church in the book of Acts. We meet regularly in each other’s homes and as a whole church in larger spaces.

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Why We Focus on House Churches

This emphasis on house churches in no way belittles the value that there is in the occasional, larger gathering of believers. Paul did, in fact, make mention of certain times “when the whole church” of Corinth would “gather in one place” (1Corinthians 14:23). Acts also mentions the church at Jerusalem gathering in the larger space of the temple (Acts 2:46), howbeit primarily for the evangelistic opportunity, being that many unbelieving Jews congregated at the temple. All in all, it’s encouraged to gather in a larger space with greater numbers from time to time. However, in Acts and according to the New Testament, real discipleship, real pastoring, and real fellowship take place in each other’s homes (or in groups small enough to facilitate biblical, personal discipleship). I must also remind you that the temple accomodated larger gatherings only until it was destroyed in AD 70. Part of the reason why it’s so important to be rooted in house churches is so that we have continuing fellowship established even when persecution inevitably robs us of the religious privileges that have allowed us designated places of worship — buildings. Persecution is coming to America, and we won’t be ready unless we get really good at making disicples from house to house (Acts 5:42).

Acts-Model Diagram

New to this Ministry? Here's What to Expect

1. We are serious about discipleship and expect that every member of our community participates in the work of God’s kingdom, although we will first prioritize everyone’s personal healing, stability, and growth in Christ. If you would like to be a part of this community, you are asking to join a family of believers that will live like the disciples in the book of Acts. That being said, we believe in and practice all gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to the pattern spelled out in 1 Corinthians 14. All members are encouraged to speak, ask questions, give words of knowledge or exhortation, etc. Tongues + interpretation are practiced commonly.

2. We believe in the whole Bible and endeavor to obey every Word. We do not affiliate with any human tradition, denomination, or church (other than Christ and His body). That being said, we expect that those who join our community are able to walk in agreement with the biblical doctrine that we follow. Disagreement concerning essential doctrine creates problems because a house divided cannot stand. If you are considering joining the church, please ensure that you have read and agree with the biblical doctrine that we teach (visit the ABOUT page using the menu at the top of the site).

3. Most of our discipleship takes places in house churches. These home fellowships involve closer relationships, real pastoring, study of Scripture, prayer and practice of the gifts of the Spirit, and even evangelism, as we encourage our leaders to get their groups sharing the Word outside of the church. Being a part of this community will mean being connected one of these smaller groups of disciples.

4. We do not (by choice) have a segregated youth ministry (although Sunday gathering do include child-care/children’s ministry for children under the age of 9). Youth services are a result of cultural tradition, not biblical instruction. Youth are perfectly capable of sitting with their parents. In addition, we encourage parents to explain to their youth, at home, what was taught or experienced during church. It is our God-given responsibility to disciple youth by discipling their parents. As a parent, if you’re going to be a part of this this, we expect that you too will take responsibility for discipling your children.

House Church Schedule & Shepherds

David & Allie (Minneapolis, MN - Thursdays @ 5:30pm)

David and Allie Grams live in North Minneapolis. The church meets in their home every Thursday at 5:30pm. If you’re interested in joining, please email David at david@valiantmi.com, or Allie at akrupski3@gmail.com.

Alex and Ahlena (Blaine, MN Mondays @ 6:00pm)

Alex and Ahlena Manthei (left) live in Blaine, MN. The church meets in their home every Monday at 6:00pm. If you’re interested in joining, please email info@valiantmi.com.

Dave & Laura (Hopkins, MN - Mondays @ 6pm)

Dave and Laura Dvorak live in Loretto, MN. The church meets every Monday at 6pm in a home in Hopkins, MN. If you’re interested in joining, please email Laura at laura.dvorak21@gmail.com or Dave at dave@daycogeneral.com.

Ron and Marcy (Plymouth, MN Thursdays @ 6:30pm)

Ron and Marcy live in Plymouth, MN. The church meets in their home every Thursday at 6:30pm. If you’re interested in joining, please email Ron or Marcy: ron@valiantmi.com or marcy@valiantmi.com.

Key Teachings to Better Understand the Vision of the Church

The Gospel of Discipleship

How a Church Should be Built and Pastored

“…Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

– Ephesians 2:20-22 –