Spiritual formation, or mentoring, is different than discipleship, in that mentoring entails ongoing iron sharpening iron type of relationships, usually between people of the same gender, or couples. House church communities are in many ways an ideal form of Christian community where the basis of church life is the relational life people have in Christ and one another. That dynamic is enhanced and deepened when smaller clusters of people walk together in a mentoring relationship, as the relationship is pre-existent to the mentoring role, is flows naturally from it and becomes even more impactful.
The goal is to model as Jesus did to the disciples, the disciplines of grace and spiritual gifts, then allow those being mentored to walk out what is being taught and imparted. Make ongoing assessments based on the observations. Critique and assess and re-engage in the missional activity, and partner and labour together, developing these gifts, and growing in Christian character at the same time.
In house churches this mentoring relationship can including mentoring praying for and asking the Lord to impart spiritual gifts, the disciplines of grace, church planting, and other missional activities.
Our passion and desire is to assist believers and small fellowships through regional seminars, conferences, and itinerant ministry which includes components such as mentoring. We desire to train and equip, by the power of the Spirit and the Word of God, through mentoring simple church planters to extend the Kingdom of God through the planting of organic simple churches. Each house church seeks the Lord to set apart those who will in turn plant simple house churches.