Matthew Hall

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:

  1. What is the purpose of our gathering?
  2. Is our fellowship open to the public or is it going to be invitation only?
  3. Who is allowed to invite people?
  4. Are non-believers welcome or is our fellowship only for like-minded believers?
  5. Are we going to focus on outreach and evangelism?
  6. What percentage of our meetings will be fellowship and what percentage will be study time?
  7. 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.

Matthew Hall

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Director – Aviv Fellowships

  1. February 6, 2017

    I find the most frustrating aspect to starting a fellowship is the lack of people who take it seriously. I put the information for my fellowship on the aviv fellowships page for a month, find a nice meeting place that is private with a tv to watch Rood videos, etc. I get phone calls of people looking for fellowship and they say they are going to come and fellowship and they never come. Everyone who has shown interest are in another part of the state and for those who cannot make it I present an online bible study on a separate ministry website and radio show.

    I’m done advertising the fellowship on Facebook until people take it seriously. I’ll continue to show at the fellowship location every Shabbat in the hope yah will provide souls to minister to.

    • February 14, 2017

      Keep up the good work and stay patient Robert. He will bring the right people to you at the right time. May the peace of YHVH be upon you.

  2. February 8, 2017

    Have been doing a small group and bought quite a few DVD’s already and about 6 Chronological Bibles which have been keeping us busy. Also listen to the Computer message from Michael Rood. So would be interested in more material.
    I am a widow and pensioner and have been child of Yehova and Yeshua our Messiah since I gave my heart to HIM at the age of 13. I have done many Bible courses but have received more revelation since listening to Michael.
    All new information will be gladly received and passed on, as I believe this should be told to be able to Learn about the Torah and truth lost through translation.

    Thank you
    Marie

  3. February 12, 2017

    Thank you for the imput I still have not gotten together with anyone but I know The Father is with me. He has it and if I just continue to walk with Him it will improve. His timing His will. I just have to be willing.
    Sally McDorman

    • February 14, 2017

      Keep strong and know that He goes before you.

  4. March 1, 2017

    Still just getting things going. I’m patient. I’ve had a few people contact me through the information I provided on the fellowship finder. Praise Yehova! Friendships are forming. We don’t get together formally yet as distance is an obstacle, We do encourage each other through phone contact. It’s great! Being in touch with fellow believers in the area. Some in The Northern U.P. of MI. We’re planning a Passover get together up there. Looking forward to finally meeting those fine folks. Still growing and hanging in there. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun!

    • March 3, 2017

      Keep up the good work.

      • March 6, 2017

        GREAT THANKS! WILL B WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU/

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