This causes me to think and talk this subject over with wife and friends. Some friends and I were talking over the house church movement. The first I had heard of it was while in school about the Wesleyan awakening in England in the 18th century. The next time I heard about it was the Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, Ca. Over the years I must have come across 70 or 80 churches that began off of a home Bible study. The question, why? So many of the ones I've seen, either didn't care for what was going on in churches in their area, got tired of the vertical leadership of the leaders of the church. Tired of the bills of the church(need to get a special offering to catch up), needing to take x% pay cuts to keep working and pastor and staff aren't, this has been going on as long as I've been around. Or the church is out in the country and it would take a bi-vocational pastor and their aren't a great deal of pastor who feel called to move 500 miles work 40 to 60 hours a week on a job and then put 20 to who knows how many more hours into study, evangelism, prayer, visitation, working on the church building, cutting the grass and so on. As J. Vernon McGee use to say, very few pastors are call to smaller churches or to real cold places. Many want to teach that all believers are ministers , not just the pastor, the pastor are to build up, teach and equip the entire body of believers to minister with in the church and in the world around us. Many want to lean on and teach Biblical truth and not human wisdom, human expectations or secular or religious tradition. The church in Palo Alto, Ca. if I recall correctly began with 4 or 5 business men starting a meeting Sunday nights and still going to their church Sunday morning, I think that was 1948 or 1949. When they got up to a 100 or so, they put out a search for a pastor. Some reasons are good, some might not be, but for some reason someone isn't getting what they need.