Randall and Etna Neighbour are ordained ministers who have been in full time ministry at TOUCH Outreach for 20+ years. Randall and Etna both grew up in the Baptist church. Married in 1986, they've travelled the world to help churches start holistic small groups to help church members become more than attendees and to enjoy their spiritual purposes in life.
A healthy small group is comprised of 3-12 persons who have chosen to live together in biblical community
for the purposes of Christ-centered worship, edification, relational evangelism, and discipleship.
Below the definition, these clarifying paragraphs were added:
The ministry between group members is found both inside and outside the meetings as they serve, pray, care for, and edify one another. The small group meetings are often a “discovery time” for ministry in the six days and twenty-two hours between gatherings.
The mission of a healthy small group takes place when two or more of the members befriend unchurched individuals to show them the love of Christ through friendship, servanthood, and community involvement.
The goal of a healthy small group is to help each member find personal transformation in Christ. When transformation takes place in the life of a believer, he or she discovers a new self-perception in being a minister and a missionary.
The results of a healthy small group are found in its fruits: members who walk in spiritual freedom and are mission-driven; the addition of new believers who have trusted Christ as a result of the group’s relational nature; and new leaders who desire to first serve as new group leaders, then go on to lead in every capacity God desires.
In healthy small groups, the leader’s overarching goal for each member is similar to a parent. His or her desire is to see the members mature to the point of moving out of the leader’s “house” to form a spiritual family of their own. Healthy small group leaders work toward and expect a legacy from their efforts and dedication. In turn, the members desire to exercise their spiritual maturity and lead a group when they are ready.
Small groups may meet in any location and at any time. The important factor is for the group to meet regularly for worship, edification, application of the Word, and planning for effective outreach to the lost. Healthy small groups are compelled to change the location, frequency, or time of meetings if they see any of these purposes suffering.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation.We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God and is possessed by each individual who has, by faith, received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We believe salvation is a finished work because of Calvary and is received in three stages: At the cross, the blood of Christ sets us forever free from the penalty of sin. Through the living Christ working in His body members, He sets us free from the power of sin. At Christ's return, He will set us free from the presence of sin.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life with God forever and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation or eternal separation from God.
We believe church describes the "called-out people," baptized by the Holy Spirit to form the Body of Christ on earth today.
We believe the basic Christian community we call a cell or a holistic small group is acting as the church, the body of Christ, not just another supportive program in a program-driven model.
We believe the church does not have a membership; it has body members.
We believe in the present and living ministry of the Holy Spirit, who indwells and empowers every Christian for service. He imparts spiritual gifts to all as needed, so all will become agents of Christ's love and impart God's grace to others.We believe the Great Commission is a calling upon all believers and that every member must be fully equipped and released to fulfill their calling in ministry.We believe this will be done most effectively in small groups of believers who love one another enough to make church life more than a weekly meeting.
Etna and Randall Neighbour started the Heights Refinery House Church in 2012 by investing time on Sunday mornings on the back deck of their home to study the book of Acts. The Lord brought people to them who were searching for a church home and wanted to be a part of something that was highly relational outside the four walls of a church building.
While we only have one house church location in the Houston Heights at the moment, the goal is to maintain relational intimacy among the members and increase our exposure to a lost and hurting world by multiplying house churches across the city of Houston to create a network of fellowships.
As each house church grows large enough, mid-week men's and women's small groups will be formed for discipleship, ministry, and to strategically love unchurched friends and family members.
We'll be talking about Joshua Chapter 6 this Sunday! Come share with us!
Welcome our new member, June Bug! House church level of 'love' just multiplied!