As you know, we have been working toward launching and building home churches from day one of our merge as a way to desperately reach the world that is around us. We started the launching of Home Churches by first identifying potential leaders and then we set out to teach, equip, grow and encourage them through this training process. This entire endeavor was started from scratch and we knew that we would learn a lot through the process. We have! We gave ourselves permission to try, to fail and to try again. We have done just that.
Our potential Home Church Pastors have been training under Pastor Jeff Harris. He has been meeting with them weekly for months now. The topics of theology, doctrine, ministry, and pastoral care have been studied and discussed. We have resourced them with some amazing materials as well as blessed them with tools that will benefit them in their study of God’s Word. There has been a tremendous amount of vulnerability as we have discussed fears and worries; plans and procedures; prayers and vision. We have really tried to walk as God has led us.
Through the training process, some of our potential pastors discerned that this is not for them. Some said that this was not the right time. Some are still working through this process. It has been a truly awesome experience. We know what we want to see take place and yet we also want to go where God leads.
We have shared our plans with the leadership of the CMA. They are very aware that to reach people in our day and age we need to be flexible and inventive. They see us as a test case and are working with us to best support and bless what we are doing. We want to do all of this well as do they. Joel has been working through the process of how to license and commission these potential pastors. That process is going on as we speak and is still very fluid.
In the meantime, we have had some leaders who were ready to “soft” launch in order to build their teams and begin to meet to pray and plan as a group. Two groups have begun their soft launch. Tim Levers and Esteban Warren are leading a home church in Hayward and Andy Patrick is leading one in Newark. At this point they are meeting to set vision of begin as healthy as possible. So are they a “Home Church” yet? That is a great question. Right now they are passionate leaders looking to have a healthy group that will be outward focused seeking to reach their “Inner Circle.” Please pray for these two groups as they dip their toe into a very big endeavor. Be patient with the leadership as we learn how to appropriately commission them for the calling God has laid on their lives. Praying with the staff as we look to support and encourage them as they do take the steps to become Cedars Home Churches.