From mega ChurCh To meTa(BeyoND) ChurCh
21 STepS To TraNSiTioN From BeiNg a BarreN ChurCh To a millioNaire oF Soul
Victor Choudhrie is a cancer surgeon by profession. He is a Senior Fellow of the American and British Collegesof Surgeons. He left his medical work in 1992 to take up a full-time church planting ministry in central India. His wife, Bindu, is also in a full-time church planting ministry, equipping women to be house church leaders and trainers. They now have disciples making disciples in some 40 countries. In the year from Pentecost 2009 to Pentecost 2010, over 1 million people were baptized through their ministry partners. Many grassroots leaders havebeen trained, who have subsequently planted tens of thousands of house churches across India and abroad. Victor’sbooks include The Ekklesia: The Church In Your House, The Apostolic Gardens, The Prayer Warrior, Teaching Cards, and From Mega Church to Meta (Beyond) Church soon to be published. Electronic copies of his books areavailable for $10 U.S. via PayPal. Contact: GreetTheEkklesia@gmail.com
1. reWriTe The JoBDeSCripTioN oFproFeSSioNal Clergy
rom a pulpit orator, sacrament dispens-er and tithe gatherer, to a shepherd whoeeds his ock to be healthy and reproduc-ing, by encouraging them to practice thepriesthood o all believers with authority to baptize, break bread and equip fsherso men. He or she must model a at churchstructure wherein brothers and sisterssubmit to one another, pray one or anoth-er, serve one another, exhort, orgive andlove each other. John 13:34,35; Matt.18:21-22; Eph. 5:21.
2. move From meeTiNg iNTempleS To gaTheriNg iN‘houSeS oF peaCe’
‘God does not dwell in temples made by human hands’; rather He dwells in hu-man hearts. For we are the mobile walk-ing and talking temples o the living God, with a maximum o organism and
a minimum o organization. Luke 10:5-9;Matt. 10:11-13; Acts 7:48-49; 2 Cor.6:16.
3. phaSe ouT programmeDSuNDay ‘ServiCeS’ WhileimplemeNTiNg iNFormal,Small gaTheriNgS.
The Bride o Christ must have intimacy with her Lord every day, not only or a couple o hours a week, lest she becomeunaithul. However, discourage cross-gender disciple-making, lest chemistry ouls things up. Acts 2:46-47; Heb. 3:13.
4. replaCe moSaiC TiThiNgWiTh ChriSTiaN ShariNg,
thereby harnessing the enormous, inan-cial resources, hospitality and goodwillavailable in Christian homes. Believethat God is going to work a work among the nations through you which will leaveyou utterly amazed, and also provide re-sources or it. Deut. 8:17-18; Acts 5:32-34;Hab.1:5.
5. DiSpeNSe WiTh WaFer-aND-Sip holy CommuNioN ServiCeS,aND promoTe BreakiNg oFBreaD WiTh Simple agapemealS (love FeaSTS)
rom house to house that believers taketogether with glad hearts, so the Lordcan add to His numbers daily. The Lordserved roast lamb, bitter herbs, bread and wine ‘in a house’ or the Last Supper. Fa-ther God had lunch with Abraham undera tree and discussed Sarah’s pregnancy,Sodom’s ruin and Lot’s rescue plan. Acts2:46,47; 1 Cor.11:20-23; Gen. 18.
6. replaCe proFeSSioNalmuSiC WiTh BelieverSSpeakiNg To eaCh oTher
in psalms and spiritual songs, making melody in their hearts to the Lord. OT worship required the sacriice o our-ooted beasts, the NT celebrates by oer-ing two-legged Gentiles as a living sac-
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