Ministries of Biblical Theology is an association of small in-home
Christian congregations with governance similar to that of the First
Century Church, dedicated to providing its members a thorough background in
biblical and practical theology.
mission is to teach and practice biblical theology, to train qualified
Christian disciples for leadership and teaching positions within our
membership, and to support select external ministries with our time,
prayers and money.
Scope of Ministry
Our scope of ministry is reflected in the name, Oikia Ministries
of Biblical Theology. Oikia is the NT Greek term used for a dwelling, a
household or even a family; to wit, we are a home based body of Christian
disciples who gather to learn and practice biblical theology. As such, we
assemble in our homes with no ambitions toward ever acquiring or building
a meeting facility.
The expectation is that once an Oikia congregation outgrows its
ability to meet comfortably in a single home, an Elder or Pastor will be appointed
to hold meetings in a second home. Members are invited to participate in
the Oikia cell of their choice. Periodically, all of the Oikia cells
congregate at a determined location for various functions such as
baptisms, ordinations, community service/mission events, evangelical
sermons to which friends are invited, or mere fellowship.
Our goal is to make believers strong in the faith, so they
possess both a clear understanding of biblical theology and a well-rounded
experience in practical theology. For this reason, Oikia cells meet twice
a week. One meeting is structured as an informal, group setting with
songs, prayer, fellowship and a biblical lesson focused upon a specific
issue of Christian theology. The second meeting is to implement our
theology in a practical since; herein we put our faith into action by
visiting the elderly, serving the needy, ministering to the infirmed and
bedridden, etc. Some cells choose to have their group lessons during the
mid-week and reserve Sunday as a day to implement practical theology.
Other cells choose to have lessons on Sunday and implement practical
theology service during the mid-week. Either way, the goal is to learn
and practice our faith.
Oikia Ministries of
Biblical Theology is an Elder rule organization that recognizes the
following leadership offices: Bishop, Pastor, Elder, Deacon, and
Deaconess. Each leadership office is a volunteer position held
without financial or material compensation.
The leadership is
a self-perpetuating body, in which appointees to any position are
confirmed by the unanimous vote of the aggregate Pastors and Elders from
each Oikia body.
Oikia cell has a Pastor, one or more Elders, and one or more
Deacons and/or Deaconess. The Pastor is the leader and primary
teacher. Elders also teach and are often in training to be
Pastors. Deacons and Deaconess assist as needed and coordinate
service opportunities, whether within or outside the cell group or
community. A Deacon, my or may not be in training to be an
Elder. The Bishop, who is also a Pastor of an Oikia cell group,
serves as the leader of the aggregate body of officers from each Oikia
shall have no power over the membership other than the excommunication of
any member who continues to engage in unrepentant ungodly behavior, or who
fails to abide the Statement of Faith. Excommunication shall consist of
denying said individual of claiming to be a member of, or claiming in any
way to represent, Oikia Ministries of
Biblical Theology. A majority vote
among extent pastors and elders of the aggregate cells is necessary to
implement the excommunication process.
Because Oikia leaders serve on a voluntary basis, and because there are no
facilities to maintain, Oikia Ministries of Biblical Theology does not
collect or receive donations or tithes. Rather, members are encouraged to
be stewards of their own finances and to donate, as desired, to
missionaries or needy individuals (such as widows and orphans) of their
choice. To assist in this process, OMBT provides a list of known needs. However, there is no obligation on
anyone’s part to donate to these particular entities; the list is merely a
collection of vetted needs, thereby helping to avoid less than honorable
OMBT is limited to self-professed, born
again believers in Jesus Christ who agree with our Statement of Faith.
Membership is attained by the unanimous vote of the attending members of any singular Oikia
cell. Because we are an association of likeminded believers with a desire to learn Christian theology and to serve our respective communities, membership in OMBT does not preclude one's membership or activity in a local church.