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NEW LIFE GROUPS

History

For many years, our church has had meetings in members' homes which we called Home Fellowship Groups. The Lord showed Pastor Kiefer this concept back in 1979, and it was incorporated into the vision of the church from its conception. But in August of 2001, the Lord started dealing with Pastor Kiefer that the Home Fellowship Groups were not fulfilling their original purpose. They had started strong but had not produced the expected type of growth and change in the community. The life that was in them had begun to fade, and participation had become merely an obligation. So all Home Fellowship Group meetings were canceled in August 2001, and Pastor Kiefer and the staff began seeking the Lord as to what to do.


New Life

What are New Life groups? They are small gatherings in the homes of church members with the express purpose of winning the lost and discipling them. This outward focus of our small groups sets them apart from other home-based groups like a Bible study or a "Christians-only" fellowship group. People are encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors to receive the love of God and to meet their needs: spiritual, emotional, and physical. Also, focused events in the community are planned to reach out to particular people. For example, a cell group might mow the grass or rake the lawn of somebody they have been praying for to come to the Lord. Small acts of kindness toward a person coupled with true friendship can open a heart to the Gospel much more effectively than "in-your-face" preaching that turns most people off.

Our Goal

We believe that now is the time that God would have us move to a cell-based church. There is no other model that can support the growth from this harvest that has been prophesied:

"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!"
John 4:35

This verse has come alive to us in the past few years, and now we are actually expecting the harvest! Our goal for the cell groups is to double the number in one year. We believe that God has spoken this to us, and He is ready to perform it through us by His Spirit.

 


 

 

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