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The author has organized churches during the Sunday morning service, the Sunday evening service, and on special meetings held during the week. The service usually includes singing of hymns, special music, preaching followed by the organizational/chartering service. The sermon at an organizational/chartering service differs according to the leading of the Holy Spirit on different men of God. The author usually preaches on the nature of the New Testament church (see chapter 3). I preached a sermon at one organizational meeting on the responsibilities of members of their church.

A man must be called into full-time service. This call involves a burden to win souls, a desire to preach and a compulsion that a man cannot do anything else in life. A man must surrender to this "call" and prepare himself accordingly. When he is ordained, it is an outward recognition that he is called by God. Then God leads that man to a community to begin a church, or in some cases, a group of lay people have a burden to start a church. After they pray, God leads a man to them to establish a church.

5:3). First, the pastor/shepherd is instructed to "take heed, therefore, unto yourselves, and to all the flock" (Acts 20:28). This makes the pastor responsible to watch over others to meet their needs. Sometimes a church member will become discouraged or backslidden. The pastor is the person best able to encourage that person so he remains faithful or comes back into fellowship with the Lord. Three times Jesus reminded Peter of his pastoral shepherding responsibility to feed the flock (Jn. 21:15,16,17).

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