One of the most critical tasks for leaders is to find ways to connect people. The church serves beset when relational textures of friendship, partnership, encouragement and safekeeping are in place and firmly bonded. The Importance of "one another" or strong relationships is a consistent topic in New Testament scriptures.

  • Love one another (John 15:12)
  • Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10)
  • Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
  • Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13)
  • Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Greet one another with holy kiss (Romans 16:16)
  • Have equal concern for each other (1 Corinthians 12:25)
  • Confess your sins to each other (James 5:16)
  • Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10)

Developing circles of relationship is one of the commitments we hold as district leaders The most common approach has been to gather our pastors and leaders for "food, fellowship and instruction" in divisional or regional meetings. We will continue that practice while adding other opportunities. Adding additional cohorts to the relational mix will allow pastors and leaders to find a circle of relationships that meet some specific need, ministry season, passion, interest or preference. Types of relational cohorts under development are: