Church in the House is a small group of Latter Rain Assembly members and friends who are building lasting relationship, caring for one another and growing in Christ likeness. It is the coming together of two or more house holds in fellowship. The primary function is edification, evangelism, sharing and caring, nurturing, training and discipling.
“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, …speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons …” Exodus 12: 1 – 4
“And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends” Acts 10: 24
Church in the House is part of the recognizable governmental structure of the Latter Rain Assembly where members living within the same community gather together for fellowship every Saturday between the hours of 5.00pm and 7.00pm. It is the repackaging of the mega church into manageable units of about 15 persons.
The Latter Rain Assembly is compared to a big ship, while the Church in the House centers is small lifeboats attached to the big ship. A big ship without smaller lifeboats is a disaster going somewhere to happen. For when tragedy hits, all will be lost. However, where there are smaller lifeboats, these are used to ferry people safely to the shores. Storm is normal in life. In the parable of the two builders in Luke 6:46-49, Jesus said “when” and not “if”. Either you dig-deep to lay your foundation, or you build your own house on the sand, flood will come. It is therefore wise to prepare for a better tomorrow, today.
Church in the House has its root in the Bible. We read in Rom 16: 3-5, “Greet Priscilla and Aquilla, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, Greet also the church that meets at their house”. “Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that is in his house” (Col. 4:15) “……To Philemon our dear friend …… and to the church that meets in your house (Philemon 1, 2).
From the above scriptures, it is evident that the early church met in houses. These were not houses belonging to the church/ministry. Rather, they were houses that people lived in and opened up as a meeting place for the people of God. The most explosive period of church growth in history did not take place in church buildings. At this level, people can easily build lasting interpersonal relationships and can get involved in one another’s affairs both in times of challenges as well as celebrations.
As they share and care for one another they become bonded together in the love of Christ and thereby grow. Soonest, their influence will affect the neighbourhood where they operate and ultimately the community. As the love of God that they share, and life of Christ that they live attracts others, they grow the more.
Membership of the Church in the House is not restricted to the Latter Rain Assembly members alone. In many centers, members of other ministry take advantage of this project and fellowship with the brethren.
For the purpose of administration and effective coordination, three or more Church in the House centers is grouped together as a Zone. Leading each CIH centre are three track leaders namely: the House Pastor, Prayer Secretary and Welfare Secretary. Every zone is being supervised by a Coordinator who is a member of the Church Council.
The Church Council of the Latter Rain Assembly, which is the arm of the governmental structure, is saddled with the responsibility of church growth, which comprises of Coordinators of all the Zones as well as the representatives of Trainers of the Apostolic Training School.
Every registered member of the Latter Rain Assembly must belong to a Church in the House center in order to be effectively ministered to; rather he/she would be like a tree without a root which cannot bear fruit. Church in the House helps every member to locate his/her position in the family tree. The mega church (The Latter Rain Asssembly) is compared to the extended family while the Church in the House is the nucleus family and each member knows exactly where he/she belongs in the family tree.
This pattern was revealed to His servant, Dr. Tunde Bakare and if followed properly and prayerfully, there will be a mass harvest of souls. It works anywhere, any day and will bring about an incredible growth.
Each circle represents each week of a month. Since the Church in the House meets on Saturdays, each week is represented by that Saturday.
The circle labeled (1) represents the first Saturday of the month, likewise 2, 3 and 4 in that order. The circle in the middle labeled 5 is the fifth Saturday of the month and this only applies to the months with five Saturdays and there are only four of such in every year.
(1) The first Saturday of the month is for “Come and See”/edification, in which the members will be told ‘what’ and ‘why’ of their gathering. In John 1:35-46, we see what transpired between Jesus and His earliest disciples. In verse 39, Jesus invited them “Come and see”. What did they see? What they saw was strong enough for one to go and call his brother. It was not Jesus who sent for Peter, Andrew, his brother found something he couldn’t keep to himself.
By the time we get to verse 46 of John 1, we see Philip extending the same invitation “Come and see” to Nathaniel; this is what happens when you have a true rebirth.
As we gather together, we celebrate that we belong to Christ in worship and we make it known that we have no other God, so anybody that comes close to us immediately knows where we stand.
John identified Jesus (John 1:29). Two of his disciples left him and followed Jesus. On getting to Him, Jesus turned back and asked what do you seek? So, the problem is “what”, that is what is driving people. They want what He carries, His loaves and fishes (miracles, healings, blessings, etc.) and not His person. But people need to be taught not only “WHAT” but also “WHY”. This is done on the first Saturday of the month during edification (i. e. intensive study on not only ‘what’ about Jesus but also ‘why’.
(2) The second Saturday of the month is for evangelism or what I called “Follow Me and I Will Make You”. The leader takes his band out to show them what he is doing and how he is doing it (Matt. 4:17-25).
You will recall that these people had been with Jesus and gone through ‘Come and see’, He now said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They already understood fishing principles that which they have learnt in the natural, the Lord now takes into the realm of the spirit; they will be catching men for Him. The leaders must have marked out the areas to go, group the people in twos and lead them out. They are not too far from one another and from the leader as well, in case there is any issue that requires the attention of others or/and the leader.
(3) The third Saturday of the month is for “Be with Me”, this is “Follow-up Evangelism”. In the last model i. e. second Saturday, Jesus was involved, but this time around, He sent them out to the lost sheep of Israel and into the cities that were not their own while He went to preach in their own cities (Matt. 11:1).
In this model, Jesus was specific as per the areas the disciples were to go, who to meet, how to go and the message to preach (Matt. 10:1-15). On this Saturday, the leader stay back at the CIH Centre while the members go to the people and place they went the previous week (during evangelism) to encourage them and invite them for fellowship at their meeting place (i. e. Church in the House center) for discipling. This is follow-up evangelism, just as when Jesus said be with me so that I can be sending you out (Mk. 3:13-15).
The Latter Rain Assembly is big enough to serve you and small enough to know you.
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