Home Church Ministry Training
The reality of cells.
All bodies are made up of Cells.
The Church of Jesus Christ is a Spiritual Body also made up of Cells.
These Cells may function as home Churches.
How cells work in the human body.
The human body is made up of cells and it grows when they multiply.
This process takes place in the following way:
- A healthy cell develops.
- It forms two poles that are identical.
- Then it divides into two parts.
- These two parts split and form two new cells.
Home Churches grow the same way.
A healthy home church may start with three members and grow to at least twelve.
It then develops two parts that prepare to divide.
Then division takes place with each having at least six members.
Both cells then continue in their own growth process separately.
A Biblical foundation for Home Churches.
Moses effectively ministered to the needs of the Israelites, by organizing them into small groups of ten.
“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:” The smallest group of ten had a leader.
Nehemiah's example. He organized his people into smaller groups and was successful in rebuilding the gates and wall of Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 3:1-32)
Solomon used the same principle to organize his Kingdom. (1Kings 4)
Our Lords example. When Jesus fed the five thousand, He organized them into small groups.
“And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.”
When Jesus sent out his Disciples to minister, He sent them out as a group of seventy, a group of twelve and two by two.
"After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place.
"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them."
Home Churches in the early church.
The one hundred and twenty disciples cared for the three thousand souls that were saved, by having church from house to house.
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. “
Within a sixty-year period, the Church grew from one hundred and twenty Christians in the Upper Room, to millions all over the world. The early church had church meetings in houses.
“Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Likewise greet the church that is in their house.”
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house.”
Home Churches in church history:
Catacombs - During the early persecution of the Church in Rome, Christians were forced to come together and worship in small groups in the catacombs.
Under communism - During the reign of communism in the former Soviet Union, Christians were forced to have church in small groups, in their homes.
In China - To this very day in communist China, Christians secretly come together in small groups to have church.
A Biblical vision for Home Churches.
A vision to build the Church of Jesus Christ with new Home Churches made up of Christians is Biblical.
Here is a typical example of Home Churches today:
Each new Home Church is activated with a leader and at least three members. The leader appoints a prayer leader and a secretary. Then three additional members are added to form the core group of six. It can grow to at least twelve members and then divide into two groups of six.
Before the division, an apprentice leader is trained to lead the new Home Church.
Global and local Home Churches.
Home Churches form an integral part of God's global purpose -
God has a plan for home churches all over the world.
He has plans that apply to Asia, the Far East, Africa, Europe, the America's, Australia and New Zealand. To fulfill the global plan, God has World Ministries (Apostles, Prophets, Teachers and Evangelists) that serve the global church. As they arise, their ministry makes room for them and they are recognized by the rest of the Body of Christ.
God also has a plan for home churches everywhere.
He has a plan for each city and community.
To fulfill this plan He uses Local Ministries.
Local Churches may have Home Churches that reach out to the different parts of a city. They reach people of all walks of life and nationalities.
As these Home Churches proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ they fulfill Gods purpose and are indispensable.
They have a close connection with people and effectively help save, nourish, restore and care for them.
We should understand the importance of Home Churches.
This vision comes with a special revelation. Many Christians are awakening to this truth and grasping the importance of bringing it to fruition in our day. Because it is unique, it requires understanding, dedication and commitment. It affords great opportunities for many to be trained and quickly come into their ministry. In addition to receiving the Holy Spirit, it was an underlying secret for the great multiplication of the Book of Acts Church.
“The word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly.”
Home Churches will be effective in future difficult times.
- If churches fail because of the economy, Home Churches will continue.
- Home churches will always be financially viable.
- Home churches can be easily organized and maintained.
- Home Churches have proved to be effective during persecution times.
- In Home Churches, Christians can effectively care and provide for each other.
When do Home Churches come together?
- They meet at least once a week.
- All the Home churches come together from time to time for a celebration. In fellowship they enjoy Music, Worship, Ministry and Holy Communion.
- They also may attend a Seminar or Conference to hear a Guest Speaker.