- TO - PASTOR
1st Century Christianity for the 21st
A Plan for Pastors and Their Wives
and their wives (4 to 6 pastors and wives) gather in a pastor's
"cell" group for 12 months - at least once per
month - moving "from house to house."
12 months, the group divides into separate groups of 2 pastors
each and their wives. Each pastor invites at least one or
two other pastors and their wives to join them at the next
gathering, following the basic pattern for relational ministry.
At this stage, there should be at least 4-6 such groups
with 8-14 pastors/wives each.
12 months, the same pattern repeats again.
end of the first 12-18 months, a weekend fellowship retreat
will be scheduled involving all those who have participated.
Note: Pastor's wives value this relational time together as
much or more than their husbands.
IT SIMPLE SAINTS!
covenant relationship between pastors preparing and revealing
a Covenant Community of believers ready for the move of
God to save, heal and reconcile cities throughout America
and the world.
and those involved in para-church or evangelistic ministry,
and their wives
in homes not less than monthly in groups of four to six
pastors and their wives for breaking of bread together,
encouragement, exhortation and personal prayer.
power is revealed and released when His people come together
in one accord. Acts
can walk together with the Lord and one another only when
our hearts are in agreement as revealed by our relationship
with one another. Amos
hallmark of the early church was, "Behold how they
love one another." John
15:12, I John 4L7-8.
eyes, minds and hearts are opened to the Lord and to one
another as we break bread together. Luke
fellowship of believers is centered in the "temple"
for teaching and corporate worship, and for celebration
of the work of the ministry taking place "from house
to house" where believers gather for prayer, fellowship,
exhortation, discipleship and outreach. Acts 2:45-47.
is essential to all ministry that we give ourselves to hospitality.
cannot effectively lead the flock until we ourselves are
revealing God's truth in relationship. John
1:14, I Peter 5:1-5.
BREAD - BREAKING BARRIERS
Guidelines to Facilitate
pastors to dress casually - no ties or clerical collars
- preferably sweaters rather than coats.
intentional inclusion of pastors of differing race and denomination
in each gathering.
use of round tables whenever possible.
groups to a more relaxed, comfortable setting after eating,
if at all possible.
contact between group gatherings - phone, lunch, handwritten
relationship by showing what is happening in the lives of
those present. The leader should preferably call people
a designated member of the group to lead in prayer for specific
needs or situations, and especially in areas of their own
transparency and vulnerability by being transparent and
exercise of gifts - BUT - in love and in gracious recognition
that not all share your experience, exuberance, or readiness.
informal praise and worship in song.
active involvement by everyone.
ministry of and around the Word by emphasizing the "doing"
of the Word in the relationship of the group rather than
extended teaching or telling about the Word.
Relational Ministry (Avoid the Traps that Trip)
one or two personalities to dominate.
details involving others not present to be discussed and
displayed, in the name of prayer, when they are really "gospel"
breaches of confidence - either from within the group or
"puffing" about one's ministry.
"religion" to prevail over "relationship."
unnecessary vocal display of gifts - especially tongues
- in a group setting. Remember Paul's admonition in I Corinthians
13:1..."Though I speak with the tongues of men and
of angels and have not love..,."
cliques of familiar faces.
discussion of theology and theological differences.
group to exceed 12 people.
form to frustrate deep fellowship.
is working His Spirit of Hospitality in us and through us...
Reconcile men to God
Reconcile us to one another
is reaching to "strangers"...even pastors of other
races and denominations. Let's go for it! Let's build a Covenant
Community in every American city that will reveal the glory
of God to a broken nation.
Charles Crismier III
more helpful information, see HOSPITALITY
and CELL MINISTRY