ESTABLISHING TRAINING CENTERS FOR
HOUSE CHURCH LEADERS
TRAINING FUTURE HOUSE CHURCH PASTORS
Richard B. W. Ing, D.Min., J.D., Ph.M., B.S.
Light of the World Missions
1316 Kaumualii St., 2nd Flr.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
ESTABLISHING TRAINING CENTERS
FOR HOUSE CHURCH LEADERS
Existing churches that desire to restore the house church format that God gave us in the New Testament have few instructional books to rely on in making the transition. Although we have models such as the underground churches in China and elsewhere, they often do not give us enough insight to transition into house churches outside of mainland China. This manual is a humble attempt at giving a few suggestions. The final outcome, however, is in the hands of the Holy Spirit if we allow Him to guide us.
This manual is only a brief handbook to start you off. It is divided into two parts: (1) Training Centers; and (2) How to Train Potential House Pastors. Some of the topics are very important to incorporate and some are optional. Since every geographical area has its own unique character, adjustments must be made to suit the circumstances.
For convenience sake, we will call a house church leader a “pastor.” You may choose to call him/her by some other name.
TRAINING FUTURE HOUSE CHURCH PASTORS
This manual is directed to trainers who will be operating training centers that will prepare, teach, guide and monitor future house church pastors. These training centers are intended to not only train future house church pastors, but to provide a constant source of materials, guidance, fellowship and unity among house churches within the jurisdiction of the training center and perhaps elsewhere.
It is important to constantly train potential house church pastors. When revival/harvest comes, there will be a great need for already-trained pastors and teachers. When the Holy Spirit moves, He will move rapidly and completely. During the Great Welsh Revival, the Azusa Street Revival and other great movements of the Holy Spirit, thousands of new converts converged on every church within a short time. Unless there are trained pastors who are already in place, there will be a mad scramble to find qualified people. In most revivals, the churches that were not prepared missed the blessing and some closed their doors when members left to join churches that were ready.
Initially, those churches that are already existing and functioning in the traditional manner will act as the first training centers for house church pastors. Supposedly, existing churches have leaders and teachers that have already trained in Bible college and/or have much experience in pastoring. They are likely well-suited to become the original trainers.
These training centers (former traditional churches) will also serve as launching pads for house churches, through their members who are qualified to start house churches. As house churches in the area begin to proliferate outwardly, trainers may become roving teachers and perhaps even five-fold ministers.
We need to retrieve what was lost when the original church structure and format were altered including: (1) enthusiastic participation during services by the members; (2) a leadership known for being filled with the Holy Ghost and endued with much power from on high; (3) zealousness in evangelism; (4) spiritual maturity and power in all members; (5) loyalty among the saints and leaders; (6) much love, bonding and unity; (7) the fear of God; (8) obedience to God’s will; (9) liberty in the Holy Ghost.
This manual attempts to make training as simple as possible and covers the subject in a general manner, since conditions differ from place to place and adjustments must be made. We recognize that there are many ways to train people. Therefore, this manual is only a basic guide. The emphasis is on training many house church pastors in a short time, and hopefully without sacrificing accuracy, depth and absorption.
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