Home Church Ministry Training
Home Church Meetings
How to start a Home Church.
There are several things a leader needs to do when starting a Home Church:
- Decide what time on Sunday to have the Home Church.
- Decide where to have it.
- Make a list of the people to be invited to the first meeting. 4. Invite each of them individually.
- Decide what the activities are going to be.
- Clearly and prayerfully set out the program.
- Prepare your lesson from the Christian Training book.
- Ask those invited to do something. (Bring a cover dish, etc.)
- Be sure to remind them the day before.
- Share your plans with the Good News Church leadership.
There are ten vital aspects of a Home Church meeting:
- It must have a specific date, time and venue.
- It must be well advertised and start on time.
- Worship must be fluent and in the Holy Spirit.
- Members must be encouraged to participate.
- Be sure that everyone participates in the lesson.
- It must not be long and boring.
- Profiles of members should be identified.
- Talents of members should be used.
- Problems of members should be identified.
- Ultimately those attending should become Home Church members.
The purpose of a successful program.
Home Churches provide a setting where there can be encouragement, heart sharing, interaction and openness among members. It looks inwardly to help every member grow spiritually and outwardly to bring others to Christ.
The functions of Home Churches.
- Members and visitors should be made to feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed.
- Refreshments may be served (about 20 minutes)
- Then the focus moves away from people towards the Lord
- The prayer leader leads the members in prayer and gently coaches them
- Then 10 minutes of worship with background music, a musician or a strong voiced leader.
- Then members share their testimonies and encourage each other (about 15 minutes)
- Then the leader should lead the group in a lesson or DVD (About thirty minutes)
- The leader shares aspects of the vision and activities of the Home Church
- Members discuss who they plan to invite to the next meeting.
At these Home Church meetings, members should experience:
- That they have trusted friends.
- That they are a part of a Home Church Family.
- That they are co-workers to help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Six phases of Home church growth
- The acquaintance phase.
This is the phase where the members get to know each other and feel comfortable with each other.
- The understanding phase.
This is the sand paper or stones rubbing together phase where members get to accept each other as they are.
Here members learn to understand each other's:
- Value system.
- Sensitivities and differences.
- The bonding phase.
In this phase members tend to move toward each other in special fellowship and bonding. It is important for the leader to guide the members, allowing new members that come in, to be included in this bonding process.
- The ministering phase.
In this phase, members experience growing spiritually and in ministry. They begin to use their talents and discover and enjoy their natural spiritual profiles. These natural seven spiritual profiles are mentioned by Paul.
"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
The seven profiles of members:
- A speaker (prophecy)
- A helper (ministering)
- A teacher
- An encourager (exhorting)
- A giver (financing Gods program)
- A leader
- A comforter (A mercy shower)
- The mentoring phase.
In this phase, the leadership of the new Home Church is developed. The next leader is developed, by going through an apprenticeship. The prayer leader and secretary are also carefully and prayerfully guided to work excellently for the Lord. The other members prepare their hearts to be used by the Lord.
- The multiplying phase.
In this phase, all the aspects and tools of Evangelism are used to cause the Home Church to grow and double in size.
Six things members should experience:
Getting and identifying potential visitors
When people enter a Home Church, it is necessary that they feel welcomed. They are part of a spiritual family and only true fellowship can achieve this. This will happen when members learn to know more about each other. They will get to share in interests, hobbies, picnics, eating out, sports or sitting together at church. They will learn to value and appreciate each others company.
It is necessary to express love, adoration and praise to the Godhead. It is in the Home church where members may pour out their inner affection and devotion to God. The leader needs to plan the worship by selecting the music and songs before the gathering and visualize the flow of the worship. While leading the worship, the leader needs to be sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Celebrating the Lords Supper is a part of the worship from time to time.
Evangelism in the cell is essential for the continual growth of the cell. Cell members need to do evangelism training. There are three important places to evangelize:
- In our own circle of influence. (Family or friends)
- Finding fishing holes where one can fish for souls.
- Creating bridges to reach people for God.
Evangelism can be done in the following five ways:
- Inviting friends to Home Church meetings.
Matthew invited his friends to meet Jesus.
"And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them."
There is an average of 20 people within each members area of influence.
- Having end-time seminars about the Lord's coming.
- Door knocking and doing neighborhood evangelism.
- Visiting the sick at Hospitals.
A leader may co-ordinate evangelism activities, where members can go out as a group and evangelize. There is a need to reach hurting people. Those who are lonely, depressed, backslidden, addicted and with broken relationships.
If members are not edified the meeting will be fruitless.
Members will be edified when:
- They feel the Lords presence.
- Their burdens are lifted.
- Their hurts are healed.
- They enjoy true fellowship with other believers.
- They feel safe and protected.
- They learn true Biblical principles.
- They grow spiritually.
- They experience working for the Lord.
Members need to be taught to develop a daily prayer lifestyle. They need to organize their prayer time. They need to pray over the food they eat. They need to start and end their day in prayer. They need to pray daily for their own spiritual cleansing by the precious Blood of Jesus. They need to be able to take their requests to God in prayer when needed. They need to intercede for the salvation of their loved ones and friends. They need to pray for their brothers and sisters in the Lord. They need to pray for the Church.
When a person becomes a member, they will discover that there are areas of their life that need restoration. Emotional, mental and physical hurts that need healing. It is important to direct those who need restoration, to Jesus the great Shepherd who restores our soul.
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He restoreth my soul:”
The leadership and members can always be helpful in the healing of these wounds.
The following are potential visitors:
- Family and Friends.
- People with problems.
- People with needs.
- Lonely people.
- Those seeking the Lord.
An important aspect of Home Church growth is to constantly get new visitors to attend.
There are four ways to attract new visitors:
- Show a great DVD or video.
- Have an end-time Seminar.
- Have a Cookout.
- Go to a needy person and have a Help-out.
It is also important to get them to continue attending the Home Church. If the activities are fresh and exciting, people will continue coming. Pray everyday for those who attend the meetings and keep contact with them.
Excellence and Faithfulness
God our Heavenly Father has set an example of excellence for us. When He created the Heavens and the earth He saw that it was good.
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
We should strive for excellence within our Home Church.
Excellence is caused by:
- Good organization of:
- The host and time of the meeting.
- The program and content.
- The administration.
- The follow up.
- Good preparation of:
- The material.
- The atmosphere.
- Good participation.
- Good results.
Faithfulness within a Home Church means:
- Taking responsibility.
- Achieving the goals.
- Working hard.
- Attending Home Church every Sunday.
Home Churches should produce Christians that are:
- Delivered from bad habits.
- Faithful and loyal.
- Meek and humble.
Hindrances at Home church meetings.
All hindrances during meetings need to be dealt with namely:
- Untidy rooms.
- Ringing phones.
- Noisy pets.
- Crying babies.
- Noisy TV or Stereo sounds.
Teenagers in the Home Church.
Teenagers should be allowed to participate in all meetings.
Children in the Home Church.
Children should attend meetings. A DVD or Video should be shown once a month specifically for them.
Problems that people present and how to deal with them:
There are several kinds:
- An interrupting person.
Say this - Let me finish my lesson and then I'll give an opportunity for comments afterwards.
- An talkative person.
Turn to someone else and ask them a question and then go on.
- An intoxicated person.
If you cannot control them - Show a video or change the program.
- An unmannerly person.
Talk to them afterwards and say -
I wouldn’t want the members to be offended by what you said or did.
You would not want them to would you?
Let’s make sure that you didn’t offend them.
- An embarrassed person.
One can say this -You know ___ a similar thing happened to me and it can happen to anyone.
- A dominating person.
Get the attention of people around them, ask them questions and take the focus away from the dominating person.
- A person who continues talking.
Walk up to them and touch them on the shoulder and say-You know ___ I find what you say interesting and we'll touch on that later.
Impossible problems and help from the Leadership
Whenever a problem presents itself that seems impossible to handle, consult with the leadership for advice and help.
Home Church Administration.
A Home Church cannot function without organization and good administration.
All administration involves methods and procedures and completing documentation. We have perfected Home Church documentation to be user friendly.
There are several forms that should be used:
- Home Church invitation list.
- Home Church members list.
- Home Church program.
- A Leaders monthly report.
- A weekly income report.
Documentation should be recorded immediately after the meeting. It should be given to the Good News Church Secretary for processing.
Taking a break
It is important to periodically take a break especially when you feel tired, worn out or pressured.
Try to take a day off from time to time.
Try to plan a yearly vacation of at least one week.
Your choice is - Take a break or experience "Burn Out"