What The Network Is

About the Network

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A network of "like-minded" and "spirit-connected" leaders.

A network of “like-minded” and “spirit-connected” leaders who are looking for support, mentorship, and building relationships.

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A place of encouragement and resources.

The goal and future development of the Network includes intentional fun: Gatherings and Get-Aways to eat together, play golf, walk on the beach, visit the spa and much more!

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A place to learn and build your team.

Although we have much to learn and plenty of messes to fix, God has helped us to grow a church of over 6,000 with 100+ staff members, at 6 locations with services at three prisons with more on the agenda. All we have learned, we want to pass along. Our Kid’s and Youth Ministries, Community Outreach, Worship and Media, Small Groups, Business and Administration, Leadership College, and other ministries are led by amazing leaders who make The Father’s House happen. We want to invest our lives into equipping other leaders to grow in these areas as well.

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Spiritual Covering.

This is not mandatory, however it’s available and relationship-based. It would be arrogant and inappropriate to make assumptions or requirements regarding spiritual covering, yet the reality is that many have come to TFH asking for just that.

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Through relationship and by invitation only.

Because we’re not looking for “big” or to rescue all the disconnected pastors on the West Coast, the Network will be based on relationships that God is orchestrating and ordaining. The TFH Network is a “closed group” that will grow as the Holy Spirit leads.

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A “Lead-church” that partners with ARC.

If you are not familiar with ARC, please visit https://www.arcchurches.com. Being an ARC church is not required to be a part of the TFH Network, but know that The Father’s House is “all-in” with ARC. Pastor Dave serves on ARC’s LEAD TEAM, and as such TFH will continually promote their conferences and events with regularity as well as encouraging future Church plants to partner with ARC.

What The Network Is Not

About the Network

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A denomination or organization in the making.

It is not our goal or intention to build a global influence or collect as many members as possible. The nature of the Network will be to only build those who God joins to us through a Holy Spirit connection, and who are willing to stay in relationship. If we’re not hanging out, this doesn’t work.

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A collector of dues, tithes or financial obligation.

Because there will be limited overhead, we will absorb all administrative costs and will never ask for dues or other ways of collecting funds from Network Pastors. I want to be clear that this is not the motivation, need, or agenda, and never will be.

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A licensing, ordaining, pastor-finding, or pastor-placement organization.

The TFH Network is a gathering of lead pastors & church planters that are autonomous and self-sustaining. We are not interested in finding churches for pastors or pastors for dying churches. Not a bad thing to do, just not our thing.

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A competitor for your loyalty or involvement in other great organizations.

The Father’s House is an ARC church and we were previously an MFI member church for 14 years, so I’m fully aware of the benefits and need to be connected to organizations that can provide what we cannot. There will be no problem, competition, or issue, if you’re part of a denomination or fellowship other than the Network, at least from our end.

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An enforcer of doctrine, church protocol, or theological nuances.

Obviously, we all agree on the non-negotiables of our faith or we would not be in this conversation. What I’m referring to is the minutiae and personal preferences that really don’t matter at the end of the day and aren’t worth policing, e.g. “Can I have a woman elder, drink a glass of wine, speak in tongues in the microphone, or cancel church for the Super Bowl?”

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A mandatory identification for your church.

The Network is a relationship-based gathering of lead pastors and their spouses, not churches. There will be no need to identify, label, change names, or bumper stickers for your church. If you’re looking for spiritual covering, identification, and some form of formal church I.D., we can talk about that; there will obviously be some great benefits for church plants and smaller churches to identify in a visible way.