The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships -ABFs

Adult Bible Fellowships
Adult Bible Fellowships

The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships Download

 Adult Bible Fellowships:  Groups of people committed to know and apply the Word together in a caring fellowship, with clear organization to provide care, discipleship, and outreach.

A community within the church . . . to serve and love each other . . . to reach out.

A Sunday adult class geared for true congregational life, where “one another’s” are planned.

Why people need community (and worship services do not give it) Continue reading “The Importance of Adult Bible Fellowships -ABFs”

Key Factors in Growth

As determined by surveys, discussions, and observations.

 

 

1.         The grace and goodness of God. 

                We can pray for it and obviously give thanks.

                 Regular pastoral prayer, groups to pray, “prayer partners.” 

 

2.         The mood of grace and love.  

         Shown in media (minute spots), reputation, services, and community involvement, in halls around services also. 

 

3.         The pulpit ministry.

Biblical exposition but also balanced on issues.  Continue reading “Key Factors in Growth”

Small and Medium Groups Are Both Huge! (where “one another’s) happen in a church

ABFs and Home ABFs

Bible study1 in “community”2
with care3 and ministry4

 Good teacher, true Bible exposition, clear application

Friendships, grace mood, time — 8 to 90

Special needs, illness, assigned responsibility — up to 4 or 5 families per person to care for Continue reading “Small and Medium Groups Are Both Huge! (where “one another’s) happen in a church”

Leadership Development

Why do we make it hard

  1. Because it is. We learned very little about it in school, and very few of us had strong leaders who deliberately built skills and desires into our lives. And we do not get much time to travel together like Paul did with Timothy or Titus.
  2. We use books too much. A lot of them make it complicated.
  3. Maybe we should just have two subjects to impart: character and church.   CE National has discussion guides from Bible verses on these two subjects, by the way.
  4. We forget it is just TLC – time with men in a group of 4 to 6 others, Love shown and said, and Content of the scripture that hits the heart.
  5. We do not ask ourselves and all staff to lead a group of 4 to 6 others to develop in character strength and church leadership.

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Variety of Small Groups or Cells

 

Type

Purpose

Size

Suggestions

To study the Bible and apply it to life.

Any size, but more effective when smaller

üDecide if Bible content is really what is needed.

üIf it’s a study that can catch the interest of the non-churched, plan it that way.

üTrain an assistant teacher to be helping so when you start another one, that teacher can take the lead.

 

2.      Strategic Discipleship

To study life and the Bible and getting the two together with a goal toward either more involvement in church ministry or leadership.

5-7

üPick the people carefully – with potential.

üContent is not as important as building your heart into the hearts of others.

üInclude some accountability and discussion about life and growth.

üInclude studies and discussions about the church and needs and commands.

 

3.      Support

To provide spiritual and emotional strength and healing for people that have been through similar negative experiences.

Depends on the subject – usually small, from 5-10.

üHave a goal to help people out of the group some time and not meet perpetually.

üWhen it’s a technical area, like sexual abuse, be sure there is a technical advisor or teacher, somebody accountable.  A legal issue.

ü“Find a need and meet it.”

üBlended families, alcohol, eating disorders, divorce, recovery.

 

4.      Accountability

To provide spiritual and emotional support for each other and growth in a place of checking your life.

 

3-6

üAll male or female.

üCandor will only happen in smaller groups.

üContent is not the issue here – but true friendship.

5.      Evangelistic

To interact with the non-believer and help them to understand the message of Christ.

Open group and sometimes the more the better.

üNeighborhood or workplace.

üKeep it open to new participants.

üKeep it nonthreatening (“gentleness and respect”).

üStay focused on Bible message.

 

6.      ABF Care Groups

Each ABF organizes care groups to be sure each person is cared for/shows care.

 

Up to 15

üCare groups can be most effective if, when they meet, there is a healthy balance of learning, caring, and outward focus.

7.      Fellowship (“Super 8”) social groups

To relax and know each other better.

6-10

üConsider as great way to welcome newer people.

üMay be best to shift to more personal purposes after meeting a few times.

üMany groups have other labels, but really accomplish this purpose.

Notes on The Soccer Field Model for the Board

soccerfieldNotes on The Soccer Field Model for the Board-Download

The Soccer Field

The board is responsible for setting and guarding the boundaries, so this is a board ” job description” for them! The pastor and staff are responsible to “play” or serve on the field, within the boundaries, and with as many volunteers as possible, so this is a staff “job description” also. Hopefully the picture makes it clear. Continue reading “Notes on The Soccer Field Model for the Board”