Pastor J.F. Odesola
Special Assistant to G.O,
Admin and Personnel
BE LIKE OBEDEDOM. OPEN UP YOUR HOUSE FOR HOUSE FELLOWSHIP MEETING. ATTEND HOUSE FELLOWSHIP.
“And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the
Gittite three Months: and the LORD blessed Obededom and all his household”
2 Samuel 6:11.
SUGGESTED STRATEGIES FOR HOUSE FELLOWSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
The under listed process is crucial for thorough quality sustenance in soul winning, Church Growth and Harvest Conservation in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
- Catch them Young
When a new convert enters the Church his or her first point of call is the Believers class. Training in this class should well – coordinated; and, lapse three months while the new convert should be exposed to the following:
- Thorough training on the foundation of Christianity and the Church’s tenets of faith
- House Fellowship meeting. He or she should be enrolled into a House Fellowship Center. His spiritual growth and active involvement in House Fellowship should be carefully monitored.
- Enrollment in a Sunday School Class: He or she should be enrolled in a Sunday School Class and encouraged to be actively involved in Sunday- School.
- Active participation in mid – week services such as the digging deep and Faith Clinic.
At the end of three Months, a product of the New Believers Class would have been well grounded. He or she should have developed a sense of belonging to a House Fellowship Center and being actively involved in its activities.
- Training in House Fellowship Development: As soon as a convert graduates from the New Believers class, he or she should be given basic training in House Fellowship development, which should lapse three months.
At the of three months, a product of the House Fellowship Development Training program would have either become a House Fellowship Coordinated or play other leadership roles in House Fellowship.
- Water Baptismal Class Training Program: A serious believer, who has graduated from the House Fellowship development training course should, upon written recommendation from his or her House Fellowship leader and Sunday School teacher be allowed to enroll for a three – month training, which will prepare him / her for water baptism.
One indispensable condition for enrollment into the Water baptismal class should be regular attendance and punctuality to House Fellowship meetings. A product of this training program, upon recommendation from the House Fellowship Leader and Parish Sunday School Teacher, should be allowed to enroll for Workers in Training program.
- Workers in Training Program: This program should lapse three Months. The RCCG workers manual could be used for the training. The Training should also be well coordinated, centrally, by the Believers Class / Workers in Training Unit of the Directorate of Christian Education.
It is advisable that nobody is made a worker in the Redeemed Christian Church of God without establishing a House Fellowship Center or Leading a House Fellowship Center or show serious evidence that he / she is actively involved in House Fellowship
Other suggestions are:
- House Fellowship Coordinators should be treated like Pastors. Additionally, it should be made almost impossible for anyone to receive any assistance from the Church without written recommendation from his or her House Fellowship Leader. If, for example, a member of RCCG wants to do naming ceremony, request for the involvement of the Church in the naming ceremony should be routed the House Fellowship Leader. It should be the responsibility of the House Fellowship Leader to inform the Pastor in charge, not the parent of the child. In other words, no parent can boycott the House Fellowship Leader for any request or assistance from the Church.
- It should be made compulsory for all workers and ministers to have House Fellowship Centers they attend and actively identified with. Christian workers should be encouraged to become House Fellowship leaders.
- Every Parish of RCCG should be encouraged to develop House Fellowship Centers as follows:
|S/N||SIZE OF PARISH||NO. OF HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTERS|
|1||MEMBERSHIP OF 15 OR LESS||1 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTER EVERY FOUR MONTHS|
|2||15 TO 50 MEMBERS||1 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTER EVERY THREE MONTHS|
|3||50 TO 100 MEMBERS||1 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTER EVERY TWO MONTHS|
|4||100 TO 500 MEMBERS||1 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTER PER MONTH|
|5||500 TO 1,000 MEMBERS||2 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTERS PER MONTH|
|6||ABOVE 1,000||4 HOUSE FELLOWSHIP CENTERS PER MONTH|
- Pastors in Charge of Parishes should be mandated to have periodic meetings with House Fellowship leaders during which the latter are encouraged to work for God because there is a reward for doing so.
- Both Sunday – School and House Fellowship preview should hold together weekly, in our Parishes. This is because the bulk of House Fellowship Leaders also double as Sunday – School Teachers.
- All House Fellowship leaders should be encouraged to have combined Prayer vigil once a month.
- There should be no interruption of House Fellowship meetings with other Church activities, except there are other directives from the General Overseer.