Last year our team of leaders decided to have home fellowship groups, known as organic church in some places but we call them synergy groups. Synergy means that teamwork will produce an overall better result than if each person was working toward the same goal individually. Synergy usually arises when two persons with different complementary skills cooperate. The more in the group the more teamwork develops.
A persuasive advocate for house churches, a man once wrote that “church as we know it is preventing church as God wants it,” discussing the attributes of the New Testament church and how it differs so dramatically from today’s churches. “The New Testament church was made up of small groups, typically between ten and fifteen people. It grew, but not by forming big congregations of three hundred people… Instead it multiplied ‘sideways,’ dividing like organic cells once these groups reached about fifteen or twenty people. This then made it possible for all Christians to get together in citywide celebrations,” which facilitated a greater sense of the body of believers in an area as well as dynamic worship and growth experiences.
Our teams meet twice a month on different nights the leader chooses. It is a way to get to know one another, have fellowship, pray for one another and care for one another. Although this breaks the traditional church, it trains people to hold each other accountable, increases faith and love and unity.
If you are in our area and would like to be our guest at one of our synergy groups leave me a comment on how to get involved. The testimonies we have heard and the bond we have noticed in our congregation has been incredible. You don’t have to be a member of PromiseLand to attend because when it comes to celebrating the love of Jesus Christ, we are all family!
Prayer: Lord Jesus I pray that you continue to bless our Synergy groups, touch the leaders, give them knowledge and wisdom to lead the group with vision. That we all may become one and promote your Kingdom principles and Christian values toward one another and toward others. In Jesus Name. Amen.
New International Version (©1984) John 17:20-23
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.