How to Start or Join an Action Group in Your City
There are Action Groups that already exist all over Southern Africa. You may decide that you simply want to inform, involve and inspire your Cell Group or Bible Study to prayer and action from the materials that we provide. There are active groups in Potgietersrus, Pretoria, Durban, Mossel Bay, Bloemfontein, Queenstown, East London, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town.
What Is An Action Group?
An Action Group is a group of informed and inspired Christians who are willing to pray and take action on issues that effect their community. The issues can be as focused or as varied as the group feels they have the capacity to handle. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.
Newsletters are a great start. They are the foundations from which we can launch our projects. The Bible says that “My people perish for a lack of knowledge" Hosea 4.6. That is why the first step must beinformation distribution.
It is when people are informed that they can be inspired to prayer and action. When they read the material mailed out, many times they are outraged and are motivated at that given moment to do something about it, yet seldom are they given direction. Once we have an established, informed community, we must activate our resources. Otherwise we have too many heads and not enough feet. We need to put feet to our faith and translate the information into involvement.
Each person who receives a Christian Action magazine or E-update is a potential leader in his or her community or local church. They are the ones being informed, they know their pastors, and they know the people in their area. This is what we call grassroots mobilisation, when the people get organised from the ground up.
When grassroots groups are informed, organised and active then the whole Christian community can be called into action in a matter of a few days. Then when a crisis or opportunity comes we can mobilise God's army. Our network has already been in many battles, and our local groups need to be prepared, prayed up, and ready to go.
Once your group is started, it would be ideal if you could meet once a week, or at least once a month. The meetings should preferably last approximately two hours. The first hour would be dedicated to informed prayer and hearing from the Lord. Pray for the nation, for our leaders, for the church, for revival and for the project your group is working on at that time. This time of prayer is essential for group focus and motivation. Nothing will happen without prayer.
The second hour would be strategy and action time. As the groups are formed and established then we can begin to deal with the projects. For example, one month may focus on ridding our streets of sleazy billboards that advertise strip clubs. The next month we might do a mass Pro-life literature distribution in schools, hospitals and churches. The purpose of these projects is to put feet to the newsletters and information. It is to train our people for war so to speak (Judges 12). While doing this, it would also establish a Christian army from which to launch our offensives the moment the devil tries to attack any area. This is Grassroots Mobilisation: organising and training a Christian army for service.
You can start an action group. One person can make a difference. For over sixteen years Africa Christian Action has been equipping and mobilising Christians to be salt and light in their communities. Our training seminars, radio programmes, rallies and literature have helped many thousands of concerned Christians make a difference for Christ in their communities.
*Obtain a copy of Make A Difference: A Christian Action Handbook for Southern Africa.
*Contact Africa Christian Action for a Starter Pack.
* Request a catalogue of other Resources for Reformation, including CDs,videos, DVDs, MP3s and books that will help you transform your community for Christ.
* Attend the Biblical Worldview Summit, 24 June - 1 July 2011, Cape Town. Click here for more details.