New Apostolic Church USA

Midweek Event Types

Each congregation will conduct one traditional midweek divine service each month. It will follow the Sunday divine service format with a few exceptions.

  • One traditional divine server per month
  • Scheduled in main church building
    • Additional services in more accessible locales
    • House church is acceptable
  • Music consists of congregational singing, small ensembles, and instrumental pieces
    • No traditional choir or black and white
  • Minister wears black and white and follows normal liturgy

A word service is a variation of the traditional divine service. The word service has a specific purpose. It should be adopted in locations where a group of members would like to hear an inspirational sermon with less interactivity.

Key aspects of a word service are:

  • Variation of traditional divine service
  • Short, inspirational sermon by any ordained minister (includes deacons)
  • No Holy Communion
  • Content is based on the DSG

 


Word Service and Lord's Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer has many different thoughts and meanings behind it, allowing us to express multiple things to God. Because of this, the Lord’s Prayer is part of the liturgy to be prayed at the end of a word service.

The Lord’s Prayer is not only a preparation for the absolution in a divine service; it is the prayer Christ taught us, that, when prayed together as a congregation, offers a number of communal expressions to our Heavenly Father. It is a prayer of praise and worship where we acknowledge His majesty and the joy in our souls that we can call Him our Father. The Lord’s Prayer is one of resignation that shows we want His will to guide our lives because we trust Him implicitly and so that His kingdom can exist today in the hearts of His children. Further, it expresses the longing that we want to be with Him in the future kingdom to come. It is a prayer of supplication where we ask for all that we need, both naturally and spiritually. It is a prayer of confession for our sins, but also an appeal to our Heavenly Father that He preserves us from the evil one and the dangers around us. It is a prayer of affirmation where we recognize that all of our lives are in His hand as He is the power, kingdom, and glory forever. Then, as a congregation, we say “Amen” to express that we agree to all the aspects of the prayer and that we accept these things into our lives.

Perhaps these thoughts may guide you when praying the Lord’s Prayer after a word service to bring to expression some new feelings.

A worship evening is a unique gathering with the express purpose of glorifying the greatness of God as the full congregation of believers through music and message. Often it will have a central theme such as Holy Week or Advent. It will combine multiple methods of expression; music, Bible readings, personal testimonies and interactive discussions related to the theme. All worship evening attendees have an opportunity to fully participate allowing for a special and unique worship experience.

Key aspects of a worship evening are:

  • Time is focused on glorifying the greatness of God through music and message
  • Music, Bible readings, prayer, and personal testimonies
  • Led by one or more worship leaders
  • Involves entire congregation and held in a church

The purpose of a Group Devotional is to connect the Sunday Divine Services with a work of teaching. To teach the word of God is to further explain and clarify; to help us find relevance within our lives and to encourage us to live by it.

The Group Devotional is a learning experience where a medium to large sized group gathers to learn about specific biblical and spiritual topics. When Jesus taught, he asked questions, told stories and helped people understand through dialogue. The Devotional will also be interactive where questions are posed to the group for response or dialogue. Sharing of personal experiences may also be encouraged when the experiences are related to the topic or theme of the encounter and contribute to the teaching/learning experience.

Key aspects of a group devotional are:

  • An interactive work of teaching led by a facilitator
  • Gathering of a medium/large group
  • Begins and concludes with prayer
  • Content for discussions
    • 2015 Midweek Experience Curriculum
    • Study guide based on the Gospels
    • Discussion guide of NAC Catechism
    • Discussion guides of VISION articles
    • Various seasonal resources

We are happy to introduce an enhanced version of our midweek experience focusing on small groups. The intent of this new format is to make it possible for more small groups to form by making the facilitator’s role much simpler. In fact, we have designed a new version that will allow us all to host a small group by simply focusing on opening our homes for fellowship. The apostles and bishops will create the content and direct the discussion via a video presentation. This plays to one of our singular strengths. Our people know and embrace fellowship as a cornerstone of their New Apostolic Christian lives.

For existing small groups with a dynamic facilitator, this new version does not replace them. They do not need to play the video in their small groups. However, the new format will supply them with written resources to support and enhance their preparation including a written participant guide.

Finally, this new format will help us bring our small groups to where our people live; outside the walls of the church building. At the end of the day, we want many more of our people to experience and participate in a high quality small group in many more locations as we feel it is the most transformational mid-week experience.

As you will see, this is a major investment by the NAC-USA district into the spiritual health and growth of each congregation. Please make every effort to leverage the effectiveness of this new format by focusing on these immediate priorities:

  • Please set aside two quiet hours in the near future to view the instructional video, the first month’s (January 2015) video instalment as well as the written facilitator’s guide and the participant’s guide. They can be found in the menu to the right of this page. Within the instructional video, our District Apostle explains why he feels that the new format is the most effective path for us and why he strongly encourages every congregation to adopt the plan within a reasonable time frame.
  • After viewing, please think about how this format could best be best introduced to your members. While this has been designed broadly to expand the number and quality of small group experiences, please create a plan that best fits your local circumstances.
  • Please locate in your mind specifically the members who are not currently participating in our midweek experience due to location, commuting time, or the lack of a good initial experience. Make every effort to recruit these members to at least give it a try. Further please take a personal lead and create an introductory experience that demonstrates for them the ease of “plug, play, and pour the coffee” and the power of applying the Gospel, fellowship, profession, and pastoral support to our lives on a regular basis. All in a location that makes sense to where they live or work.
  • Please do not communicate a feeling that the group must rush through all the material in lock step as though to cross it off a check list for the month. It is doubtful that a group will be able to discuss everything found on the videos. It is OK to not finish. It is OK to dwell on a subject for as long as the participants need and the group is guided by the Holy Spirit. The group will soon develop their own skill in knowing when to move along.
  • Your plan needs one very important local enhancement: Someone locally will need to burn DVDs for those who are not able to use YouTube. Please discuss this with your apostle and/or bishop. Printing and distributing a supply of the participant’s Guides at the beginning of each month may also be useful in promoting and preparing for the small group sessions.

The Lord Jesus had many disciples. However, He chose out of the many, a small group of 12 disciples to work with intensively. In many areas of the Bible we read of commands for Christians to minister to one another.

A small group discussion is a gathering of three to ten people who join together on a regular basis to study and discuss biblical and spiritual topics. They share a journey of discovery and support one another's understanding and spiritual wellbeing.

Key aspects of a small group discussion are:

  • A learning environment to nurture spiritual growth
  • Gathering of 3-10 people on a regular basis
  • Takes place in a comfortable setting (e.g. church facility, home, library, cafe, etc.)
  • Content
    • What You do Best in the Body of Christ (Work of Ministry)
    • Discussion guide of NAC Catechism
    • Discussion guides of VISION articles
    • Various seasonal resources

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