101 Distinctives of The Potters House

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The Potters House is a vibrant and distinctive work which God is doing in the 21st Century. From the early days in the 1970s through to the 1990s God has moulded and established this organisation into a special tool bringing his purposes to pass throughout the earth.

"101 Distinctives of The Potters House" is not devoted to false claims of being better than anybody else but details all the distinctives which make the Potters House a movement which is probably unique. These distinctives are fundamental and foundational to all we do. Other churches do some of these things but this is an attempt at creating a definitive list of everything we do which collectively make us unique. For doctrines which are important to the Potters House see Theology 101.

A few thoughts: Are these the only way of having church? No. Are they the best way? Not nessessarily? But these aspects are OUR way of reaching the lost and operating our churches. These are NOT doctrines or even dogmas but are more like aspects of the "personality" of the Potters House.

    1. Each church is a move of God, not a move of human efforts; so we don't follow men and their charisma. 1 Corinthians 3:4-9 [1]
    2. Each local church is a fully functioning body of Christ.
    3. Bible reading daily is encouraged so that the whole Bible is read and reread regularly.
    4. Bible teachings (and specific scriptures) are the basis and focus of all sermons. 1 Corinthians 1:17
    5. Sunday school classes are used to teach children the Bible stories.
    6. The Bible is the ultimate and final authority on all spiritual topics.
    7. Teaching of believers is very important so adult Bible classes are often conducted.
    8. Church planting is very important. Ministry couples are released from local church bodies only.
    9. Services at church are ordered and have a typical pattern.
    10. Three full services held each week; Sunday morning and Sunday evening and Wednesday night. Three different sermons are preached.
    11. Rallies of people from churches held at a regional level regularly.
    12. Revivals with visiting pastors or evangelists are held in each church regularly.
    13. Discipleship is done in the local church and is available to everyone within it. The goal is to see disciples create more disciples.
    14. Future leaders are all disciples of their pastor and future pastors receive one on one and on the job training.
    15. Bible Schools are never used to train disciples or pastors; all pastors are lay preachers.
    16. Evangelistic perspective upheld in spreading the gospel.
    17. All means used to see people saved. 1 Corinthians 9:22
    18. Altar calls are given every service with a clear opportunity to get saved! Acts 2:40
    19. Contemporary live music concerts are often a part of evangelistic efforts.
    20. Confrontational personal evangelism is used frequently.
    21. Whole church evangelistic events are held regularly and are as important as personal evangelism.
    22. Door knocking is often used as a tool of evangelism.
    23. Drama with live actors is used as an evangelistic or teaching tool
    24. International evangelism is a high focus of every church.
    25. Impact teams sent to other cities and towns or even other nations.
    26. Growth in numbers of each congregation is very important.
    27. Personal one on one evangelism in a believers private life is encouraged.
    28. Shopping night or Saturday morning street evangelism is regular and ongoing.
    29. Street preaching of the gospel.
    30. Street based and public confrontational evangelism is important, out where the people are.
    31. Banners, flyers, posters, print ads, radio ads, etc. are all used to promote churches and their events.
    32. Preaching is always filled with a clear gospel of repentance and salvation.
    33. “Gold Sheets” are completed by each pastor every month to report financial and other activities back to their mother church.
    34. Giving of money into the plate of offerings beyond the tithe.
    35. International delegates to conferences are paid their travel costs by the host church.
    36. Pledges of support for needs and taken and are extra beyond tithes and offerings
    37. Love offerings are collected to pay for the visiting pastor or evangelist’s efforts
    38. There is an opportunity to give into a public open plate offering in every church service.
    39. Delegates to conferences receive fully paid accommodation and meal money from the host church.
    40. Tithing of each believer’s gross income is taught.
    41. There are never fund raising events aimed at people outside the church, like fetes or markets.
    42. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is available for every believer.
    43. Gifts of the Holy Spirit all demonstrated in the local church >> but not charismatic
    44. All believers can speak in tongues of angels and men
    45. All believers should be water baptised as an outward symbol of repentance and a new life in Christ.
    46. Married couple seminars and retreats are regularly held.
    47. All Pastors or evangelists are married men who have not been divorced as Christians.
    48. Couples are usually married in the bride’s local church by the bride's pastor.
    49. Weddings are usually held in the bride's church on a Sunday as part of the regular morning service.
    50. Families are the core unit of each church.
    51. Leadership at all levels in the fellowship is by men only unless the woman is leading women or children only.
    52. Pastors and Evangelists are expected to be the husband of one wife.
    53. Men only discipleship meetings are held regularly.
    54. Ministering men at each church adhere to dress and personal standards.
    55. Training of leaders is done in the local church only.
    56. Standards of conduct are specifically expected from all men in ministry or leadership positions.
    57. Women hold no positions of leadership over men.
    58. Wives are submitted to their husbands and let them lead the home.
    59. Men lead their wives and children in the home.
    60. Women’s groups or meeting are not central to activities.
    61. Community feel to each church is very important.
    62. Local community churches are the core unit not large city-wide mega churches.
    63. Evangelists operate from local churches.
    64. Most members live close to their church, this is another aspect of community.
    65. Fellowship from house to house in an informal way is very important.
    66. Cell groups are a component of most churches and are lead by a bible study leader in their home and often have around a dozen adults.
    67. Council of elders is a feature of every local church.
    68. Building Christians not buildings is a core focus.
    69. Decentralised church structure. Each local church and its assets is independantly incorporated so there is no collective ownership of assets and this helps in keeping us non-denominational.
    70. Each local church has a mother/parent church somewhere.
    71. Genealogy of all fellowship churches can be traced back to Prescott.
    72. Hierarchy of local, regional, national and international pastors.
    73. Loose regional organisational structure based on fellowship not formalities.
    74. Christian standards are encouraged; no alcohol, no smoking, no illicit drugs, no tattoos, etc.
    75. Fornication without repentance is not tolerated amongst members of a church.
    76. Moral stands as seen in the Bible are made with no compromise.
    77. Personal prayer in the collective prayer room an hour before each service.
    78. Personal prayer time at the front altar space is available after most sermons.
    79. Morning personal prayer at a common location held 5 or 6 days a week.
    80. Public prayers of salvation made at the front of the church in the altar space.
    81. Seasons of fasting (with prayer) are used.
    82. Corporate prayer is a feature of every church service.
    83. Sick are prayed for and they do recover!
    84. Heritage of church growth and history.
    85. Flexible structure not a rigid organisation
    86. Headship from pastor to pastor giving one to one leadership
    87. Indigenous leadership of local churches is the goal of all church planting activity.
    88. Fellowship between believers of different fellowship local churches is encouraged.
    89. Free cost for members and visitors to attend all church services and all conference sessions.
    90. Charity work is rarely undertaken by churches.
    91. DVDs or movies are used as teaching or preaching aids.
    92. Public profile is usually not very high though churches are not private.
    93. Mass media rarely used to promote churches and events.
    94. Membership of a church is not part of a believers salvation.
    95. New believers should have full immersion water baptism and usually conducted in public.
    96. Fundamental Pentecostal theology is our belief system.
    97. Clapping hands when singing praise songs or worhipping.
    98. Popular and contemporary musical instruments are used to play worship music.
    99. Vocal and loud corporate praise and worship in native and unknown tongues.
    100. Conferences held regularly with a regional or national focus.
    101. Dress standards in church are smart but not a fashion show or revealing flesh.