Sue,I read on the Xenos web page that home church group leaders marry their members. How is this legally a marriage?
In Ohio you have to have legally recognized clergy status. One must have ordination papers from a church recognized in Ohio. But that status can be granted by any church. Further, the fact that they are responsible for marriages and funeral suggests that there is a certain degree of autonomy in the home group rather than what passes for home groups at most nondenominational churches where pastor controls everything. It is a decentralized model. If only they were not so controlling and manipulative this church could have been one of the great ones.