How to Start an Aviv Fellowship: Step #1 – by David Robinson
A Leap of Faith: Do you remember the part in the Indiana Jones movie “The Last Crusade” where Indiana repeated his father’s words to himself, “Only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth” as he was about to step out onto the invisible bridge? Well, sometimes it takes a lot of trust and faith in YeHoVaH to actually step up to the plate and take a swing at the destiny that He has for us.
There are a few requirements in becoming an Aviv Fellowship.
- Your study/fellowship must be a minimal of 7 people excluding the fellowship leaders.
- Your study/fellowship must meet at least 2 Shabbats a month and on the Feast Days.
- Those applying for Aviv Fellowship status must be the leader(s) of the group.
If you meet these requirements then you are on your way. If you do not PLEASE do not be discouraged. We urge you to fill out the Directory Form with your contact information. This will allow others to find you and hopefully begin a new fellowship in your area.
The next thing to do is muster up enough confidence, faith, and belief that you are a winner and you can accomplish all things through the Messiah (Philippians 4:13). I have heard from many of you who were considering starting a new fellowship that you just didn’t feel qualified. Some of the most common phrases have been:
“I was thinking of starting a fellowship but I don’t have a theological degree or anything like that!”
Although modern day churches, denominations, and clergy would require you to go through some sort of certification class or training seminar before starting a home group or planting a church, Yeshua made it clear that what he is looking for is a clean vessel and a willing and humble heart. Matthew 28:19 states, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…!” Yeshua also goes on to say, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”
According to Yeshua, a resume, college transcript, or training certification is not required to work for him, however, a clean vessel and a willing and humble heart that acknowledges that He is Messiah and that He goes to the Father for us to accomplish his will on earth through us is what qualifies you. Take a moment and re-examine your qualifications and know that if you “Leap from Lion’s head” he will make a path for you even in the most impossible circumstance.
Director – Aviv Fellowships