The church planting movements and multiplication of disciples in Asia are in large measure a house church planting phenomena. China’s Christian growth is preeminently house church networks with estimates of 100 million participants. India’s Christian growth increasingly is comprised of simple churches in villages in Hindu dominated regions. One region in Northern India has had 80,000 new simple churches planted in the last fifteen years. Iran is filling with over one million house church adherents and North Africa is dotted with simple churches. This amazing tidal wave of church planting movements is dominating formerly resistant regions. What about North America? Estimates vary from several thousand house churches to as high as fifty thousand house churches. The high end number is hopeful and hard to document. House church multiplication stateside is not exactly explosive but plodding and intentional. The Cleveland, Ohio area where I plant and minister has at best guess less than thirty with nearly half of them having some affiliation or close interaction with our network, NEO House Church Network. Columbus, Ohio perhaps has the greatest concentration of house churches in the United States mainly centered around Xenos Christian Fellowship and its hundreds of networked home churches and 5,200 participants. Xenos has its origins in the 1970s. American house churches are reproducing. Here is a recent set of statistics from Jervis Payne a Ph.D. who claims that house churches have one of the highest church planting rates, baptismal and new convert rates among any kind of church. This is food for thought considering many house churches only averaged fifteen members each: In Payne’s study published 2007 by Paternoster Press, Colorado Springs, CO he sites this research: On conversion and baptism: House churches baptized an average of 4-6 people per congregation in the previous year. This makes the average membership to baptismal ratio 4.3:1 to 2.3:1. In other words, on average, it took between 2 and 4 members per church to make one disciple in one year. These are some of the lowest baptism to membership ratios in the United States (range 1.4:1 to 14:1) Each church was comprised of 24-43% recent converts. On church multiplication: Each church planted an average 4-6 churches in past three years. Three churches in study planted 10 or more churches in the three years prior to study, the 33 churches had planted between 132-198 churches. On connectionalism; Half of these house churches were part of a network. Many of the unaffiliated house churches were looking or desired to be in a network. House church is in its infancy. Unlike movements that emphasize worship, discipleship, charismatic experience, the “new” Calvinism or some other “front page” preoccupation there is no comparable wide spread movement toward simple church or even church renewal among evangelicals. The church is still largely content with itself. There is simply no compelling ecclesiology that has seized the imagination of the American church. Do you want progress? Moving the ball forward requires church planting and effective discipleship among house churches, nothing speaks louder than success. Encouragingly there is informed and sympathetic movement among denominational church planting executives in the Four Square, Southern Baptist Convention and the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). The Central District of the C&MA that covers half of Ohio and all of West Virginia now has one third of its new church plants utilizing house church philosophy and structures. This may be the beginning of a trend, but only if there is fruitfulness. As one Alliance executive observed “This (house churches) is where we believe the whole church is going.”