A Spiritual Family on Mission Together

The Crowded House Network

The Crowded House Network is a network of churches
that gather in homes, coffee shops, bars, and bookstores across Central Florida.

As these communities of Jesus followers enter into the context and cultures of our cities and neighborhoods, reflecting the missionary nature of the triune God, these communities will serve as missional outposts witnessing to the Lordship of Jesus. By gathering together, sharing a meal, proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus, and engaging our communities in acts of justice and mercy we believe we are forming dynamic communities that reflect the nature of God in and to the world.

The Structure

Family Dinner

Weekly gatherings in homes, offices, parks, etc. of 5-50 people who participate in the early practices of the church as described in Acts 2.

Family Reunions

Twice a month gatherings where the network joins together to celebrate through song, storytelling, proclaiming the word, and having fun.

Family Mission

Monthly missional activity in the world for the network in-part or in-whole. The network would invest in 1-5 mission agencies/projects consistently.

Family Vacation

Biannual retreats in which the churches gather to learn from one another and be present in each other’s lives.

Family Extending

The network would invest in a number of mission outposts in the world where we are the guest. For example, members of the network could inhabit a local bookstore for one hour a week in order to engage the employees and customers with the Gospel. Over time, those who respond would be invited to join the network.

Latest Thoughts of the Day

The Blog

Looking Forward

“Central Florida doesn’t need another worship gathering.” I remember uttering those words to countless people two years ago when Crystal and I decided to launch The Crowded House Network. We believed those words then and we believe those words now. Central Florida does not need another worship gathering but The Crowded House Network does. Over...
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Why do I believe in the resurrection? I used to believe because of the historical veracity of the claim that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead. The dates of the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament leave little room for myth to creep in. The transformed lives of the disciples – before the...
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Good Friday

’Tis myst’ry all: th’ Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. ’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more. He left His Father’s throne above— So free, so infinite His grace— Emptied Himself of all but love,...
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Maundy Thursday

“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread….” This is what God is like. In the chaos of Holy Week, Jesus knowing full well his death was immanent sat down at a table with his friends and broke bread. The Romans are afraid he might start a revolution. The religious authorities are...
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Spy Wednesday

Today is Holy Wednesday. Sometimes this is called Spy Wednesday. It is called this because on this day Judas begins to actively pursue the magistrates in order to betray Jesus. One of the twelve actively begins to betray him. It is easy to be angry at Judas. Anger is always the easiest emotion to express....
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Holy Tuesday

On the first two days of Holy Week, Jesus has called into question the authority and power of both the Roman Empire and the Jewish religious institutions. On Palm Sunday he rides into town on a donkey declaring that he is Lord and Caesar is not. On Holy Monday, he cleanses the temple revealing that...
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Holy Monday

We read on Palm Sunday that during the Triumphal Entry, the people cried out to Jesus, “Hosana!” We see this same thing take place after Jesus cleanses the temple of the evil taking place in the temple courts. Two different events in two different locations result in the same praise from the people. Hosanna means...
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Borderland Experiences: Counter Testimony in the Story of God and His People

BORDERLAND EXPERIENCES “I lost my job.” “A family member passed away” “My doctor told me I have cancer.” This has been the life of The Crowded House since we launched. Amidst our celebrations there has been pain and sadness. Amidst our thriving there have been borderland experiences. While some are telling stories of joy, others...
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One Year Reflection

“I hate the man who did this!” Those words still haunt me. My daughter spoke them early in the morning as we watched the chaos of the Pulse shooting unfold on the local news station. I am haunted by her words because I knew that we would have to move her past hate. As followers...
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