Fellowship is . . .

communion with other believers in order to encourage each other in his or her walk with the Lord. Christian fellowship is unique. It is something that occurs only as we unite ourselves first with Christ and then to other Christians. Indeed, it is only the love of Christ that can unite people from diverse backgrounds and with distinctive personalities and who are still able to call each other “brother” and “sister.”
It is important for leaders provide tools for creating, maintaining, and evaluating the unity within the fellowship of believers in the local church. While addressing these issues, the articles also help churches consider ways to bring new members into the body of believers.

"Be completely humble and gentle;
be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep
the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace."

Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV


Rainer, T.S., The Book of Church Growth, Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1993, 77-78

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