Establishing a Local Church

Unit 5: Issue 1 – Project 1

“Fully Established”

This is a term that I have really struggled with through the duration of this course.  What does it mean to be “fully established” as a church; or, for that matter, what does it even mean to “fully establish” a church?  What can or should the process look like?  I understand that there are sort of four phases to planting a church.  (1) A beachhead of believers is gathered.  (2) That group is consecrated to be a church and is discipled and developed as such.  (3) From within that group should arise leaders to take ownership of it and help to lead the congregation into living out the gospel in unity as one family unit.  (4) But here lies the mysterious: “fully establish” the church.  I get that Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus were his final words on fully establishing the churches at that time, and that we can draw from them principles to base qualifications of a fully established church on.  But I realize now that those qualifications in-and-of-themselves do not distinguish a church that is not fully established from a church that is.  They can be indicators in the process of determining that; but a fully established church should not be determined as such on any particular set of guidelines per se. Read the rest of this entry

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The Authority of Local Churches over Missions

Unit 4: Issue 2 – Project 1

The Authority Local Churches Should Posses in Local Missions

The Great Commission has been given.  We (as Christians) are to go and make disciples of all nations; without partiality or judgment.  Our mission is simple, to share the good news with all who will listen, to genuinely love people into the kingdom of God.  This means that we don’t just fill up a seat on Sunday, but that we actually live out that command.  Jesus said that the greatest two commandments in the Old Testament were to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart mind, and soul and with all of your strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  What better way to fulfill both of those commandments than to fulfill the Great Commission?  By loving God we gain a heart for people.  That is because God love’s His creation and as we draw nearer to Him, our desires are slowly changed and His are integrated in with ours, ultimately replacing our own.  If He loves us, it would make sense that we would start to develop a love for people in general and want to share with them this good news that has changed our hearts and minds so much for the better!  This is why it is important that we not just fill up a seat every Sunday, but that we actually receive the message spoken to us, hopefully full of mission and vision to go and make disciples. Read the rest of this entry

Core Normative Household Guidelines And Implications For The Church Of The 21st Century

Unit 4: Issue 1 – Project 1

Leaders

Office of Deacon Established –

Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. – Acts 6:3-5 Read the rest of this entry

Being A Part Of The Community

With Antioch School it is part of the practicum to not only participate in what are called “missional communities”, but as Antioch students, we are each required to actually lead one.  As defined by Wikipedia practicum is a college course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory.  So in context of the Antioch program that means that under the supervision of the pastor, we are to utilize the nuggets of truth on living missionally toward the gospel that we learn in the program by engaging our community through a missional community.   These missional communities can look like ministries of the church or outreach avenues.  Basically anything which at the heart of it is intended to communicate the gospel to the community via engaging them in some sort of culturally relevant activity.  The missional community that I’m in charge of is the GPS Church Food Bank which was a ministry of the church handed down to me from the pastor.  Pastor Mike and I would go and deliver food to people in the Spanaway, Washington area every other week or so.  The Food Bank now meets as a Community Day the first Saturday of every month, for now.  This last Saturday, March the 5th 2011, marked the second monthly Community Day where a team of us provide food to the public along with some other pertinent needs. Read the rest of this entry