After more than 13 years, Ashara adds a new dimension to its Call to Service. Discipleship and outreach have always been our passion; the added dimension is Church Planting and Development. Ashara is expanding its service base, in a world losing ground to the darkness.
First Century churches functioned out of homes and office buildings. Prayer, fasting and singleness of heart, made the Salt if the earth able to spreads its value. Too long have stationary stagnating edifices define and active, necessary, vibrant movement.
What We Do At Ashara
The scriptures tell us that ministry is for perfecting the saints. This is Ashara’s main goal. We certify our ministers annually. As part of the certification our members are taught via mentorship, apprenticeship, and on the job training for the missions we undertake.
Everyone that intends to participate in these ventures must first enroll and complete the church’s teacher certification program. One that will or cannot be taught cannot teach it is a simple concept. The premise in teaching is learning. Where there is no learning and personal growth there can be no teaching.
Everyone that intends to participate in these ventures must first enroll and complete the church’s teacher certification program.One that will or cannot be taught cannot teach it is a simple concept.The premise in teaching is learning.Where there is no learning and personal growth there can be no teaching.
The target of this organization is spelled out in Isaiah 61:1, it is even elaborated more so by the Master in Matthew when He said He came to redeem the lost. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? ( Matthew 18-11 & 12)
This organization is for the lost sheep; not those who have decided the determined right and wrong, yet choose to follow their own will instead of God’s. We are not called, nor can we force salvation upon anybody, but we can and are instructed to give them the good news, baptize them and make them into disciples.
What has worked and what has not
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” (Matthew 5)
In the past, the church has gone to the lost and attempted to lead them to Christ, without even trying to lead them out of their current situation. Studies have shown that before people change and remain changed they must change their environment as well as their thinking.
When the Master saved or healed anyone He took them from where they were and sent them in a completely different direction. In addition, when the Master presented His good news He promised the best from then on and did not require the people at that moment to change.
Based on this model we must proclaim the gospel exactly as it is Good news. Then we must step back and let the Holy Spirit do his job. We cannot change the heart of man without the Holy Spirit and even He takes His time to renew the minds and redeem souls. Therefore, we will simply spread love and the good news of Jesus Christ like angels heralding the coming of the King. In doing what Jesus commanded we can teach them, baptize them, and one day make disciples of them. First, we must nurse them back to health as any good Shepard does when they recover lost sheep. They warm them, clean them, and feed them before they reintroduce them to the flock.
It is the stated mission to assist incarcerates with marital issues. Bone of my bones works with the incarcerated member of the marriage as well as the member and the children that are not penalized. We have been in the prison system for years fostering freedom for captive marriages.
Youth services provide healthy wholesome teaching and experiences for children. Every session will begin with orientation and some defining attributes of Godly childhood which will be inserted in their curriculum. Below are the attributes to be covered.
MINISTER AND DISCIPLEMAKERS TRAINING
We believe in training ministers to do the work of the Lord. We will license a minister and/or ordain a ministry or minister (or transfer such) after they have successfully passed through the requisite training. All of the presiding council ministers are license and ordained.
General Guidelines for Ordination and License for Ministry
The licensing is the church’s tentative approval for a man to serve until he has proved himself qualified for ordination. In regard to the practice of granting a license for a minister the following steps are usually taken:
1. The person to be licensed makes a public decision in the council and expresses his feeling that God is specifically calling him to ministry.
2. He requests the church to grant him a license.
3. The council votes on the request to grant the license.
Ordination usually takes place when a minister begins serving. In regard to ordination the following are the traditional steps:
1. A candidate announces their call to ministry as pastor or to a position in some field of ministry (such as education, music, youth, etc.).
2. An Examining Council or an Ordination Council convenes. The process takes time and training and there is a lot of study involved. The council must be certain he has the scriptural qualifications to serve as a minister. The candidate should prove himself before he is considered for ordination.
3. If the request is approved, a time and place is established for the Ordination Council and ordained persons (deacons and ministers) are invited. If the questioning of the candidate and the ordination service is to be conducted on the same day the invitation can include inviting all interested persons to the ordination service.
4. The pastor, a minister, the director of missions, or the chairman of deacons presides over the Ordination Council until a chairman is elected. The chairman leads in the questioning of the person to be ordained. Usually the person being ordained is seated so that he is facing those who are asking questions. Any person who is present may ask questions. Usually the person being ordained is asked to briefly tell of his conversion experience and also his call to the Gospel Ministry. Other questions may be centered around Biblical theology, ethics, morals, personal beliefs, etc.
5. The Ordination Council votes on whether to recommend that the church proceed with the ordination of the candidate. The council may choose to delay the ordination or even reject the candidate. That is why it may be best to hold the council one week prior to the ordination service.
6. If the Council votes to recommend ordination, a date for an Ordination service is set. The service follows ordination sermon. Someone will pray an ordination prayer and ordained persons will “lay on hands.” The person being ordained may be presented a Bible and along with his wife and family receive the congratulations of the people after the benediction.
The license from Ashara
Most of Ashara’s license holders serve in the Mission’s field they therefore need to be held accountable and maintained both the proficiency and their fellowship.The annually training must be completed before the end of the calendar year or the license must be reapplied for. This license and ordination are unique in that they expire annual and the holder must recertify each year.
Tier #1 and Tier#2 (modular dicipleship)
“I’ve been fighting to be who I am
all my life. What is the point of being who I am, if I can’t have the person who was worth all the fighting for?” Nowhere is this truer that in the fight we all face everyday, the ‘Good Fight’. When
asked why do good people do bad things, I answered they do not, that is what makes them good people. As we fight, we learn things. We learn what G.B Shaw so eloquently say, “I learned long ago, never
to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.” However, what I learned most about fighting is that, “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your
art of war”. This is why we fail; we still use the same tools to try to live the new life…its time to learn to fight again.
Disciple making is about learning to fight the right fight. Disciple making is about winning the fight within, being Godlike is the fight we all need to win, else wise...what are we God’s people fighting for?
Everyone sustains injury in a fight; only in the Art of Christ do we learn how to survive the blows of the enemy and walk away stronger, healthier, and more righteous. If we must FIGHT, fight to stay away from the darkness that surrounds every aspect of our lives.
This Faith-based Corporation is formed for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). Its specific purposes are:
1. To find creative ways to feed and clothe the less fortunate.
2. To find creative ways to educate the less fortunate.
3. To help re-integrate former inmates into their family, society and the workplace.
4. To find creative ways to house and employ the less fortunate.
5. To help those damaged and destroyed by drugs.
6. To help victims of incest, rape and domestic abuse.
7. To support, manage, produce, and distribute noncommercial, community based media programs;
8. To develop and promote the concept of community (public, educational, governmental, and institutional) access to existing and future communications media.
9. To establish, maintain and operate one (1) or more media access center(s): (1.) To educate and train individuals and nonprofit organizations and institutions in the use of various media tools and techniques.
10. To provide individuals and nonprofit organizations and institutions with access to various media tools and assistance in their use.
11. To promote programs and support the use of various media as vehicles of artistic expression.
12. To establish, maintain and operate a system or systems for the distribution of various non-commercial media programs and materials, in the public interest.
13. To facilitate the use of access channels as a public forum which promotes a free exchange of ideas and information;
14. To promote and develop activities and programs for the optimal utilization of the
15. To serve access viewers and users with programs reflecting the activities, concerns, and interests of the residents of the Nashville area in a manner that promotes a free exchange of ideas and information;
16. To create and maintain an environment which enables a diversity of peoples and viewpoints and ensures that no individual is discriminated against with regard to membership, services, access to information or any activity because of race, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, political affiliation, or economic status.
17. To make recommendations to users and to cable communication franchisees in regard to access services and institutional network services;
18. To apply for and to receive contributions, grants, donations, and loans of all types from individuals, organizations, profit and nonprofit, public and private corporations, government agencies and others to support these purposes;
19. To determine and conduct or support any and all other lawful things in furtherance of the foregoing charitable and educational purposes, either, manifest of latent.
20. Maximize the quality of service to theological field education;
21. Provide for optimal growth and development of field education personnel;
22. Achieve maximum input from field education personnel to development of strategies for theological education;
23. Develop and maintain an atmosphere for maximum input of content fields into experience-centered learning;
24. Provide for optimal participation of education personnel in education programs.