Partnering

Greetings Church Leader,

I want to thank you for expressing interest in working with Agape Home Fellowship as we take the Gospel to all nations (Mark 16:15). Please read this page very carefully.

None of us can do this mission alone. Jesus Himself sent out 12 (Matthew 10, Luke 9), then 72 (Luke 10), and He sent them two by two. Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

This earth is a big place and it has 7.5 billion people on it. Using liberal calculations, about 6.5 billion of them need to know Jesus as their Lord as Savior. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to work together for the purpose of sharing the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

That is the reason Agape Home Fellowship-International (AHF-I) exists: To share Christ. Our vision and mission are wrapped up in establishing house churches. We believe in the house church and we believe the “wave of the future” is going back to the roots of the early church. The traditional brick and mortar church has been a mighty tool of God’s hand, and continues to be used that way today! It was a brick and mortar church that brought me (and maybe you) to Christ. Perhaps you attend or pastor a brick and mortar (traditional) church today. If so, that is ok! 

We do believe, however, that house churches are where God is leading us as we prepare for His final harvest. It was in the homes where God began to work in the Book of Acts; in Corinth; In Rome; In Antioch and Athens. The Apostles never established the need (nor did they see one) for a building fund. They had those already available for them. They were, and are, called homes. 

At Agape, we believe in being upfront and honest. This is why we want you to know that the focus of our ministry is and will always be the house church. 

We get many requests for partnership and support. In an ideal world, we would ensure the legitimacy of the request, take steps to ensure the support was going to what was promised, and approve them all. However, we don’t live in an ideal world and our funds are not infinite. Therefore we have to be very selective about our partnerships and the financial support we provide.

There are five different ways we can work together to grow the Lord’s Kingdom. Please read each of these carefully:

  1. Financial support
  2. Partnerships
  3. Gifts to your ministry
  4. Assistance in planting non-AHF-I network house churches
  5. Joining the AHF-I network. Establishing AHF-I house churches where you are.

 

  1.    Financial Support: In order for us to consider financially supporting, you or your organization, several things must occur:

Yes, that is A LOT to ask, but then again, supporting your ministry is asking a lot. As was mentioned earlier, in a perfect world full of resources we would not need to be so picky, but this is not that place. AHF is growing but we are still young. At this time, supporting other ministries is difficult, but it’s not impossible under the right circumstances. Once you’ve prayed, read the Statement of Faith, the Mission of AHF and agreed to the apostolic covering, and if you feel you would still like to form a relationship between your ministry and AHF, please email me at nelson@agapehomefellowship.org and we will begin a conversation and vetting process. 

  1.  Partnerships: Becoming a partner in ministry will work a little different. But, the keyword has to be on  “PARTNER.” This means it is a two-way relationship. You give, we give, both partners benefit and the Kingdom grows (which is what all TRUE Biblical partners should want). This will be taken on a case-by-case basis. A word of caution: If your desire is to form a partnership in which we send donations to your ministry and you send us pictures and thank you letters, please don’t bother. That is not a partnership. That is us blessing you with an offering or gift to your ministry. We handle that in a different way. If you wish to develop a partnership with AHF, please email me at nelson@agapehomefellowship.org. When you email me, you will need to send a proposal of just what sort of partnership you are proposing. In the proposal, you will need to detail what you will bring to the partnership and what you are asking us to bring to the partnership. You will also explain how you will help us in our vision to plant house churches in your area. As I stated, a partnership is a two-way relationship. It is give and take and it is equal. If you are not willing to do this, you are really not desiring a partnership in ministry. 
  2.   Gifts: If you desire a gift to your ministry, you can email me at nelson@agapehomefellowship.organd we will discuss your ministry and its needs. However, as you can see by the previous paragraphs, we are a ministry of finite resources, one with a goal of opening house churches. If your ministry falls outside of that goal, it probably will be hard for us to support you. Again, we believe in being upfront and honest. If you have orphans to feed, you need to understand we have orphans too. You have widows? AHF-I does also. You need Bibles? So do we. We have many needs. I hope you realize that if you ask for money for your orphans, you are in essence asking for us to take the food out of our orphans mouths. That is something we cannot do. If we have large amounts of money coming into our ministry, nothing would give us more joy than to help you and your ministry, but that is simply not the case. So, if you still desire a gift, you may email me with a proposal for a gift and I will take it to prayer and consideration. 
  3. Assistance: Perhaps you wish to plant house churches but have no desire to join the AHF-I network of house churches. Well, that’s OK too. We can and will help you do that, time permitting. What we will require from you is that you read and agree to the AHF-I Statement of Faith in part 1. We can then work together to mentor you in setting up house churches in your area. The most important thing for us is the fulfilling of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter who does it. If we have resources that will help you fulfill it, we will certainly do what we can. In instances such as these, we would not provide that apostolic covering, as we would assume there was already one. If you wish to start house churches in your area and want the help of AHF-I, please email me at nelson@agapehomefellowship.org.
  4.   joining AHF-I: Finally, brethren, if you desire to join us and coming into the Agape Home Fellowship-International network of house churches, know that we would love to do that. Part of the benefit of joining the AHF-I network is you join the AHF-I leadership team and come under the apostolic covering of the AHF-I. We would first ask that you complete the five steps mentioned above under section 1, understanding you would have to agree to our terms and conditions. You will need to: 

We then ask that you look at our page on starting a house church (http://www.agapehomefellowship.org/im-interested-in-hosting-a-house-church-in-my-home/). After you’ve done that and agreed that this is what God wants for you and your ministry, please email me at nelson@agapehomefellowship.org or message me on Facebook so we can discuss this joint mission in God’s Kingdom and go on to the next step. 

Please read the following carefully: If you contact me regarding joining with our ministry, and you are sent the partnering link, and you contact me a very short time later about partnering or coming under the umbrella of AHF-I, it will be obvious that you have not taken the steps that have been asked of you regarding prayer and reading all that has been presented to you. This is no way to begin a partnership and it is no way to start a relationship – with dishonesty or deceit. This will not be looked at favorably when considering your application.

So, please take the proper time to consider all we are asking. The work of the Kingdom of God is serious business, and we take it seriously. If, after reading the partnering links and after reading all the statements of belief, vision, mission and core values, or if you feel you just cannot support the AHF-I vision of planting house churches, then that is OK. It is our prayer that your ministry thrives and prospers. We hope you pray for us too.  

May God richly bless you and may He grow HIS Kingdom!

In Him,

Nelson W. Lee,

AHF-I, Apostolic Elder