Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in Breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear Came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did their meet with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:41-47.)
The Life of the Gathering (center); organic, holistic, cell, small, home, specialty, house, simple – based church is in Christ dwelling – in His dwelling – In His People, in a network of loving relationships. Like the human body, which is made up of millions of cells (the basic unit of life), the life of the gathering ( the center based church is within these groups. In this context, believers eagerly seek a relationship with God, each other and reaching unbelievers. Through these relationships, members sharpen one another to maturity in, word, prayer, edification, and evangelism.
“He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23)
Ministry of Reconciliation
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (II Cor.5:18)
The model of the gathering is all believers should be growing in discipleship being sponsored, (mentored) and sponsoring someone else. This hand in hand mentoring method provides discipleship and growth at all levels. Sponsorship has been created to fulfill the Biblical mandate that all believers have the ministry of reconciliation and to multiply the process throughout the circles. The group becomes the ideal forum for the dynamic of all-member equipping and ministry, which ultimately results in a natural, lifestyle evangelism.
Word & Prayer Gatherings
Gatherings meet throughout the week, moving from house to house and also corporately for celebration. The focus is the personalized ministry because it is impossible to nurture committed relationships in a large, impersonal group. The circle is where love, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism spring up most naturally and powerfully. A gathering of the body of Christ preparing for celebration links each circle together as a larger body, and provides corporate worship and teaching times that brings strength to the gathering life style.
From Many We Become One
There has never been a time in history for answering questions about the conditions of our world and what happens next? A core truth is established through education, literature, and demonstration. The connect comes by building a bridge from the city into celebration. One question. One answer. One Bridge. – Stanley F. Jackowski.”