How to Start a Fellowship: Step #2 – by Matthew Hall
Finding Your Purpose: One of the most important elements of getting together with a group of fellow believers and potential converts is to know the purpose of your group/gathering.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (ESV) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Scripture is clear in many instances that holy convocations are important to YHVH, however, scripture also gives a purpose for the holy convocation which continually proves to be more than cookies and coffee. It is important that you define the boundaries as well as the purpose of your home fellowship.
During the implementation stages of your fellowship, get together with your core leaders and ask the following questions:
- What is the purpose of our gathering?
- Is our fellowship open to the public or is it going to be invitation only?
- Who is allowed to invite people?
- Are non-believers welcome or is our fellowship only for like-minded believers?
- Are we going to focus on outreach and evangelism?
- What percentage of our meetings will be fellowship and what percentage will be study time?
- What are the “non-negotiables” in our fellowship (ex: Yeshua is Messiah, Saturday Sabbath Observance, Aviv Barley Calendar and Feast Day Observance, Etc.)
It is important to answer these questions in order to build a solid foundation for your fellowship. Be encouraged and work through the tough questions early on. Starting a fellowship is a lot like the courting process. You want to get all the tough questions out of the way before the marriage ceremony. This sets the stage for a solid group that can work together and truly have a positive impact on the people who attend and the community as a whole.
Director – Aviv Fellowships