The strategy of Dominion Life Ministries International shall follow the pattern of church development found in the New Testament as the Holy Spirit led the Early Church in the growth and development. The pattern had four stages. It shall help us understand where we are in need of growth process and where we need to go. Each stage is different but connects closely to the others.
Stage 1: Pioneers
A church will start when members, bring the lost to Christ and start a House church and later as it grows will be turned into a congregation. The goal is to help the pioneer member to be responsible disciples who will evangelize and reproduce themselves. The church at Thessalonica in Greece started this way (Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
Stage 2: Establish
The church will grow stronger when workers give practical Christian teaching and train leaders. The goal is to have responsible, reproducing leaders who shall serve their families and the local church. The church on the island of Crete matured this way (Titus 1-3).
Stage 3: Empower
The church shall organize to govern and support itself and shall do its own evangelism in a way that will be sensitive to local cultures. The goal is to have responsible local congregations that will plant other churches. Together they will become a church movement to reach the entire country. The church at Ephesus in Turkey developed and multiplied this way (Acts 19-20).
Stage 4: Send
The church shall reach out to people of other cultures and languages. The goal is to have a responsible church that will send and support workers who serve other cultures and countries. In obedience to the Holy Spirit, the church at Antioch in Syria became such a church when they sent Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1-4).