Home Church Ministry Training
Home Church Leaders and Shepherds
Home Church Leaders
Home Church leaders should be committed to the following task.
- To take the responsibility of spiritually leading a Home Church.
- To do all activities in excellence.
- To carefully and prayerfully select helpers.
- To lead the Home Church in growth to at least twelve members.
- To then gracefully divide the Home Church into two.
- To restart the process of building each Home Church to twelve again.
They need five things:
- To be a faithful Christian.
Faithful Christian have the following characteristics:
- They have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
- They have been water baptized.
- They have received the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
- They faithfully tithe of their income.
- They are faithful to their church in all things.
- They should live a Godly life.
- They should be submissive and teachable.
- A Divine calling.
They need to walk worthy of their Divine calling.
"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called."
God calls us to work for Him and He does this by speaking to us in different ways. When He calls us, we feel in our hearts the unction and conviction to work for Him. We make a commitment to do His work and are trained to effectively do His work.
Training involves two things:
- Faithfully following the example of those in leadership.
- Being trained to do the work God requires us to do.
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
When it is evident to those in leadership that someone is
- called of God
- and that they have submitted to training and guidance
Then their calling should be confirmed by the leadership of the church. Those confirmed may be ordained to the ministry of a Home Church leader.
Ordination of a Home Church leader:
- Acknowledges Gods choice and authorization of their ministry.
- Gives the candidate a place and opportunity of ministry.
- Imparts special gifting by the laying on of hands.
- Announces the time of the commencement of their ministry.
The ordination will have the following elements:
- The Church Leadership will recommend those confirmed for ordination.
- Ordination should take place at a Church gathering.
- Candidates should be charged to fulfill all their responsibilities
- The Church Leadership should then lay hands on the candidate, and impart whatever words, exhortations, prophecies and graces the Lord has given.
- The Home Church leader should then be recognized as a servant of God.
- The new Home Church Leader should submit themselves to the leadership and spiritual authority.
Home church leaders must exercise Leadership.
All leaders must successfully exercise their leadership and not relinquish it to members who have strong personalities. However they must not Lord over the members in the Home Church. They must duplicate themselves in new trainee leaders.
There are seven key elements for effective spiritual leadership:
- A leader must be faithful.
- A leader must have compassion and be friendly.
- A leader must be committed to studying Gods Word.
- A leader must practice the basic Christian principles.
- A leader must lead by example.
- A leader must be a hard worker.
- A leader must be submissive and teachable.
A leader cannot lead unless there have people to lead. By understanding the task that is at hand, a leader can direct and designate ministry roles within the Home Church. Members may be involved in ministry tasks. Responsibilities should be delegated. A leader should exhibit confidence in people and clearly define the boundaries of their assignment and authority. Members should have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and what resources are available to them. These are resources like money, material and information needed to successfully complete the task. The leader needs to encourage and show appreciation for all efforts and assignments completed by Members.
The Leadership team of a Home Church.
The leadership team of a Home Church will consist of the following:
- A cell leader.
Who will care for the Christians in the Home Church
Who will organize and lead the activities of the Home Church.
- An apprentice leader.
An apprentice leader should be trained by the leader.
2 Timothy 2:2
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."
The trainee should:
- Carefully observe all the aspects of leadership,
- Apply what has been learned,
- Be willing to be delegated,
- Be willing to be corrected,
- Be encouraged,
- Be a faithful co-worker.
- A prayer leader.
A prayer leader should lead and co-ordinate prayer and fasting activities.
- A secretary.
A secretary should help with the administration of the Home Church.
Models of Biblical Leadership
We are fortunate to be living in the end-time. Over the last 6000 years many Godly leaders have set an example for us. It would be wise for us to follow their example.
Leadership examples in the Bible we may follow:
- Enoch walked with God.
- Noah believed God and finished his assignment.
- Abraham was a man of great Faith and sacrifice.
- Jacob persevered.
- Joseph was faithful.
- Moses was humble.
- Gideon had limited resources but was obedient
- David was courageous.
- Solomon was wise.
- Daniel was a person of prayer and fasting.
- Nehemiah was a visionary.
- John the Baptist was brave.
- Peter was a great Preaches and greatly anointed.
- Paul was a great Teaches and worked in excellence.
- John showed geat love and compassion.
The importance of good leaders.
Leaders are chosen to lead a group of people to a specific destination.
It is important for them to be able to:
- Assemble a group of people.
- Unify and keep the group together.
- Keep the journey exciting.
- Reach the destination.
Identifying good leaders.
A good leader does not have to have a great personality.
A good leader is a person who:
- Follows instructions.
- Sets a good example.
- Does their best.
- Does things in excellence.
Steps for recruiting Leaders
- Pray and ask the Lord for insight and guidance to select a good leader.
- Give potential leaders tasks to assess their willingness and faithfulness.
- Consult with upper Leadership about a potential leader.
- Help them into ministry.
- Recruit them for internship.
Tests for potential leadership.
- By delegating responsibilities, see how they function.
- Match the person with a task.
- Show and express confidence in the person.
- Let them know what you expect from them
- Follow up on the results.
Appointment to Intern Training.
- Have a personal meeting and consultation with them.
- Discuss the details of their job description and training.
- Announce their appointment to all concerned.
Home Church Leadership Training.
It should consist of:
- Intern Home Church leader training.
- Bible Training.
A model for the Home Church chain of command.
- The Bishop. (In an area)
- Pastors. (Of many Home Churches)
- Home Church Leaders.
- Intern Cell leaders.
- Prayer Leaders.
A Home Church Leader as a Shepherd
The first scriptural reference to Shepherds, Elders or leaders is found in
"And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders:" God gave Moses seventy men to assist him in caring for the children of Israel. They functioned with an anointing under his shepherding and thus could also be called under-shepherds. In the New Testament the Greek word "Poimen" means - "to shepherd, care for, feed or lead sheep."
Shepherding is how God cares for His children by those He chooses. God clearly reveals in His word what his idea of Shepherding is.
"As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep … I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:”
The Church of Jesus Christ is made up of many members. (Sheep)
God has called Shepherds to care for His sheep.
Seven aspects of the Shepherd:
- The New Testament qualifications of a Shepherd.
They are described in:
1 Timothy 3:1-7
A Shepherd must be:
- Of good report
- Having one spouse
- A vigilant person
- A sober person
- Of good behavior
- A teacher
- Not covetous
- Not greedy
- Not a lover of money
- One who rules their house well.
- A Shepherd should always enjoy the blessing of being under authority.
As Shepherds we are to be in subjection to those placed by the Lord Jesus Christ over us. We should always be open to correction and discipline by them. Those in authority over us are our covering and our protection.
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation … Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
- Shepherds should always be in unity with the other Shepherds.
1 Corinthians 1:10
"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
Shepherds need to be as one before the Lord in perfect unity. They need at all times to share and be in unity with the vision, guidance and the goals of the leadership. Lots of independent visions cause division, and lots of heads create a monster. Shepherds need to be united in fellowship, prayer and fasting, meeting the needs of the saints they shepherd. They should not have self-elevation or personal gain in mind as Shepherds.
- Shepherds need to be effective leaders.
Shepherds take upon themselves the responsibility to care for a group of Christians and are responsible for their spiritual growth, protection and well-being. They lead by word, action and example. Each weekly Home Church meeting should be well organized and meet the spiritual needs of the members.
- Shepherds need to understand their sheep
There are nine aspects Shepherds need to consider about sheep:
- Sheep need to be led to food and water.
- In storms, sheep need shelter.
- Sheep need careful care and watching so as not to be lost.
- Sheep need quiet restful waters.
- Sheep need green pastures to lie down and rest.
- Sheep need anointing oil to sooth their head in the hot sun.
- Sheep need dipping to protect them from harmful insects.
- Sheep need the shepherd's protection from wild animals.
- Each sheep has unique qualities and characteristics.
- The five aspects of shepherding sheep:
- Shepherd love your sheep.
- Shepherd value your sheep.
- Shepherd do not lose your sheep.
- Shepherd protect your sheep.
- Shepherd feed your sheep.
- The real test of a Shepherd is threefold.
- Are you equipped for the task?
- Are you doing the actual work of a Shepherd faithfully?
- Will you receive a Shepherds Crown one day from Jesus Christ the Chief Shepherd?