Many of our Apostolic Christian Churches have 40 or fewer members and depend on the brotherhood for support.
View a list of our small churches to pray, visit, etc.
To help nurture and grow our small churches, the Church Establishment Committee (CEC) has developed a framework that can be utilized to help congregations transition to self-sustaining and thriving churches which exalt Christ. The CEC members will work alongside the local church to provide resources, services and tools to assist them.
Two of our churches in St. Louis, MO and in Austin, Texas are actively working with Committee members to pilot the framework. Bolstering has also begun in Lamar, MO. See updates on the bolstering efforts in St. Louis, Austin and Lamar and opportunities to help below.
Framework to Nurture and Grow Small Churches
Through studying the scriptures and recent history of the start of our small churches, four key attributes are needed for our small congregations to thrive and become self-sustaining churches -- critical mass of believers, local ministry / leadership, common purpose or Vision for outreach and deep and abiding love for God and each other. Often within our small churches, these attributes have not materialized completely, which inhibits their establishment. View the framework that has been developed to assist our small churches.