Biblical Purpose for Lighthouses
Lighthouses seek to help men and women love God and love people in the context of an authentic, biblically-based community at First Family Church. (Matthew 22:35-40; Acts 2:41-47)
Core standards are practical guidelines used to achieve a biblical purpose. While these core standards are not timeless in scope, they are clear, objective standards each Lighthouse Leader will follow to foster a culture of expected excellence in this vital ministry.
- Lighthouses will be biblically centered, tied into the Sunday sermon series, and will stress the application of the message (Acts 2:42).
There is a place for book studies and other material outside of Lighthouses, but our groups will spend the discussion time focused on how to practically apply the truths that were explained in the message. If a Lighthouse Leader misses a service, it is expected that they will listen to the message they missed online before leading their group.
- Lighthouses will meet weekly through the fall and spring, starting in the beginning of September and continuing through May (Heb. 10:24-25).
We want people to be refreshed by some down time in the summer. For that reason, we ask all Lighthouses to not meet weekly through the summer, but to at least meet once a month to maintain a group identity and allow visitors to join.
- Lighthouses will include either a meal or refreshments in addition to Bible discussion and prayer (Acts 2:42-47).
Having a meal or refreshments creates an open, socially hospitable environment for attendees. At least 1 hour per week of the time will be spent on Bible discussion and prayer.
- Lighthouses that are mixed gender will be led by men approved by the elder overseeing this group (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:12).
We desperately want God’s people to be shepherded well and desire elders to have a leading role in helping to identify, train, and hold them accountable. While we are great with women leading women’s group, we believe biblically that mixed gender groups should be led by qualified, male leaders.
- Lighthouses will have both a leader and an co-leader in anticipation of multiplying both future leaders and future Lighthouses (2 Tim. 2:2).
We desire to raise up future leaders to shepherd God’s people and believe that this best happens in the context of a Lighthouse. Once an co-leader has been identified, we expect that the leader will help them to lead the group at least once every four to six weeks, receiving help before the group and feedback for their leadership after the group.
- Lighthouses will serve together at least twice in the fall and twice in the spring (Gal. 5:13-14).
One way that we practically express love to others is by serving them. Lighthouses will participate in at least two projects each semester ranging anywhere from feeding the homeless in downtown Des Moines to winterizing a neighborhood home in a neighborhood.
- Lighthouse Leaders must be members of First Family Church, demonstrating a sincere personal pursuit of Christ as well as embracing the values of celebrate, grow, and serve in their own lives and family.
Lighthouse Leaders are leading God’s people by their words and lives. They are setting the pace for what it means to be committed to the Lord and to His bride, the church. Because of this, leaders must model commitment to Christ personally, as a family, and be members of First Family Church.
- Lighthouse Leaders will attend all training events and will be regularly evaluated by both elders and group participants (Pr. 27:17, Eph. 4:11-13).
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another (Pr. 27:17).” Lighthouse Leaders are no exception. Attendance at pre-fall training as well as regular ongoing training will be expected. Additionally, regular evaluation of all leaders will be part of our leadership development to ensure that we are shepherding God’s church with utmost care and skill.