WHAT IS A "GATHERING"?
We define an AFLC Gathering as a group of seekers (unbelievers or Christians) who gather for the purpose of seeking the Lord through the study of the Word to become disciple-makers. The intent is to enable these believers to mature in the Lord so that they can lay a foundation for the beginnings of a free and living AFLC congregation. Single, couples and families meeting regularly for Bible study, with a focus on growing in their faith, living in community, and discipleship. As God confirms, these Gatherings will begin Sunday morning worship services and start a new congregation
WE'VE MADE THIS TOO COMPLICATED
We believe we've made "church planting" way to complicated! In fact, we think it's pretty simple:
- Meeting people where they’re at with love, compassion, and kindness and introducing them to Jesus, their Savior.
- Helping them grow in their faith through discipleship and leadership training.
- Engaging our young and old to use their gifts to make disciples.
- Encouraging you to join the journey with us!
There are two types of church planting methods modeled in the New Testament. The AFLC has both models. Historically we have followed the "Peter Model". In the future, we may have to adapt more to the "Paul Model". Here are a few simple distinctives of each model:
Immigration – Ethnic Churches
Flows from the idea: “If we build, they will come”
Pastor = in study
Successful in rural communities
Growth model: Addition
Cost to build: 1 million +
Meeting at church
Seeking people of all ethnic backgrounds
Going into the workplace
Pastor = in community
Growth model: Multiplication
Cost to build: relatively inexpensive