” We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
I am not implying that these are the best practices of these denominations or that these are the only good practices. What I am implying is that these are practices that should be adopted by all of the other denominations…and any BiaFoC Collectives established from here, forward:
- Spend some time on your knees. (From the Episcopalians). That is a good posture to get used to and familiar with. It is difficult to cop an attitude while on your knees, except with God and He is the Only one Who will let you say everything you want to say without interrupting.
- Silent prayer. (The Presbyterians and, similarly, the Quakers). The more time you spend in silence, the better. Try to spend half the time silently talking and the other half silently listening. Consider a quiet bell to mark the dividing line…and to wake up the older men.
- Confession. (The Catholics). I would suggest this twist on the conventional approach: have slips of paper and pencils at the door. BiaFoCs can write down their demons (illnesses, resentments, hates, fears, prides, addictions, vanities, generational abuses,…) as well as their gratitudes and intercessions. The pieces of paper go in a bucket. The bucket of confessions is prayed over then burned; the issues go up in smoke. (More of an Episcopal thing.). You can call it “checking your demons at the door.”. Make it clear that you can not dig in the ashes to take your issues back home with you.
- Stephen Ministry (multi-denominational, I think) where a seasoned with experience in adversity, spiritual warfare, personal demons, and faith walks beside a new BioFoC or a BiaFoC who is struggling.
- Healing Ministry (the Order of St. Luke, which is multi-denominational.) with regular weekly ‘Soaking Prayer’ and “Generational Healing’ services.
- Sponsors, ‘seasoned believers’ to walk along side of the new members to introduce them to the faith warriors in the Collective, the various services like the different ministries, and to help them find their best Collective Subset. The sponsor should be confident enough to talk candidly about God, their relationship with God, and their faith. I address how sponsors can help new believers in my article about the BiaFoCs Inverted U. When someone who ‘gets it’ walks along beside someone who doesn’t yet, the connection to God is clarified and faith is strengthened…for both of them.
- Prayer Ministers, Prayer Chains and Prayer Request boxes. Many churches have these. Many don’t. In God Loves You. No Exceptions. I relate how street corner preachers were ‘augmented’ by an humble booth at a street fair which housed a table with a shoe box labelled “Prayer Requests”, scrap paper, and pencils. Prayer Ministers were on hand for requests for immediate intervention and supplication.
- Walk through Practicing the Presence of God during the service, and talk about it. (Nobody does this.) Talk to God as if you really believe He really is there…and not with the “Apostle’s Creed” tone of voice. Creeds are fine; Creeds are good. But demonstrate what Practicing the Presence looks like…what it sounds like. Ask God a question and wait for an answer. Someone may hear it. If you, who believe, don’t act like you believe, how is anyone else going to believe? Or believe that you believe.
If you are a pastor or church leader, look into adding these to your offerings at church. If you are not a pastor or church leader, consider taking these ‘best practices’ to them. Look into becoming trained as a Stephen Minister or joining the Order of St. Luke , if you feel led to.
If your faith could be stronger, try taking on more adversity; suggestion: help shoulder someone else’s.