And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
Background: I recently went on a retreat to the coast with pastors and other leaders from approximately 12 different churches in the North Clackamas region. We took time to pray and discuss our ministry dreams and visions, for lack of a better term. The following idea that came to me this morning incorporates a few of the ideas presented. I don’t take credit for this, all glory goes to God.
I invite and welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.
This is the beginning of a groundbreaking plan to take our territories back in the Name of Jesus.
The goal is to develop and implement the plan, document the procedures, assemble or develop curriculum, and create a reproducible model that can be shared with churches locally and internationally.
We’re better together.
Goal: Take back our neighborhoods for Christ
Strategy: Recruit, train and equip evangelistic disciplemakers
Frequency: Weekly meetings
Program duration: 9 months
Time/Date/Location: TBD by group members
Size: 2 to 12 people maximum per group
Geographic location (neighborhood) based Christian faith ministry cohort
Cross-, Non- and Inter-denominational, not restricted to a particular local church affiliation
Focused on teaching, equipping and practicing/engaging in:
Home churches will continue to focus on:
- Bible teaching
- What else do local churches do?
- At the end of the 9 month cycle, individuals could lead the next iteration of groups
- Greater confidence, maturity and unity in Christ
- Greater engagement of church members in active ministry
- Safer neighborhoods
- Greater impact on our communities for Christ
- Empowered people
- Encouraged leaders
Discussion and planning.
What’s missing? What are common objections? Who would be good resources for developing the program?
Please comment below!
Next step is information gathering and research. Interview others to see what’s working and what’s not.
Curriculum will consist of an outline of Scripture references that people will look up and read together. There may be some brief text explanations as well as some suggested prayer and activity points. The idea being let the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit speak to the individuals and let them reach consensus together on meaning and application.