The life of our church happens in the District fellowships. It is where faith and life meet and grow. Our Districts meet throughout the week at different locations. The districts are designed to help members build healthy relationships with other believers in a safe environment while growing spiritually. The home setting provides the environment for transparency and openness. Individual members are able to find real friendship, intimacy, counsel and accountability.
With the wise leadership of the elders, districts not only offer fellowship but they also offer opportunities to support each other in times of need. Our districts give pastoral care to members in different life stages such as birth of a new child, bereavement, weddings, family transitions and illnesses among others. Districts are also our strongest avenue for discipleship and transformation.
We define district as an Ecclesia Group. The word Ecclesia is here used as understood by Paul and in Matthew 16:18 to refer to a regularly convened assembly which may refer to a congregation gathered for worship or a local Christian community or the universal Church. It also denotes the small assembly in a private house (Roman 16:5; Philemon 2), the Christian congregation of particular towns and cities (1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Thess. 1:1) and the church universal (Eph. 1:22; 3:21). Yet still the term 'ecclesia', is a compound word made of 'out of' and 'to call' or 'summon'. In this sense, therefore, the church refers to a community "called to be saints" (Roman 1:7). For early Christians, 'ecclesia' came to refer to "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation" and "a spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:5, 9).
A district thus refers to an assembly or gathering of those "called to be saints" as a community of faith who gather at private home (or designated places) for fellowship, prayer and the word. At the district fellowship, people gather around the Word of God which should penetrate every arena of each member’s life: social, relational, emotional, psychological, financial, political, and spiritual. Every member is encouraged to join a district and spend time with others who love the Lord, studying his Word, praying for each other and growing together.
Each district is under the authority of an ordained church elder.
Elders are ordained members of the congregation who are passionate about being in service to others. Paul, writing to Timothy says, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17.) The servant leadership of the elder, in both the church and at the district level, is expressed by leading the people of God in worship and prayer, leading people to faith in Jesus Christ, exercising district supervision.
At CAGI, we hold the conviction that a church elder must be born again and proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his/her life. He/she must be without blame. He/she must be faithful to his wife/husband. His children must be believers. A church elder takes care of God’s family. That’s why he/she must be without blame. He/she must not look after only his/her own interests. He/she must not get angry easily. He/she must not get drunk. He/she must not push people around. He/she must not try to get money by cheating people. Instead, a church leader must welcome people into his/her home. He/she must love what is good. He/she must control his/her mind and feelings. He/she must do what is right. He/she must be holy. He/she must control the desires of his body. He/she must hold firmly to the Word of God that he/she be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up (Titus 1:6-9):