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What is a Cluster?

 

A group of local churches who choose to work together to accomplish the Gospel mission in their area.

A group of local churches who share common ministry needs and who work together to learn from each other.

Ministry clusters are to focus on answering two core questions:

1. “How are each of our congregations doing in our local church ministries toward accomplishing our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?” and

2. “What can we do better and more effectively together in our ministries to impact our area for Christ than we can do as individual congregation?”

Churches in a Ministry Cluster will fulfill this by:

Praying for each other by name during worship

Studying and praying for their shared mission area using demographic tools

Dreaming of ways to make an impact on their shared mission area through witness and /or mission, or shared programs

Supporting each other, through sharing resources,

Encouraging on another when faithfulness and fruitfulness is evident

Holding each other accountable when lack of faithfulness or fruitfulness is evident

Including learning from ministries that have not worked

Where does this idea come from?

Biblical model of sharing among Christians (Acts 2:44-49)                                   

 Wesley model of class meetings and societies                                                                  

Team ministry (start with Jesus calling two sets of brothers)

Act 2:44-49 NIV “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Ever day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.