DOVE Partner Churches
DOVE USA is a family of churches in the USA that are a part of DOVE International. Our God-given mandate is to plant, connect and empower healthy churches throughout the USA and other nations. Follow the link on the “church locator” site to locate where there are current DOVE churches.
Steps to Becoming a Partner Church
The leadership team is encouraged to read these books written by Larry Kreider: House to House, which defines our vision, and The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers, which defines our heart and explains why we do what we do.
The leadership team is encouraged to read and align with The Biblical Foundation series by Larry Kreider. This defines our doctrine. This series is also available in videos as well.
The leadership team needs to understand and have the same values as established by the DOVE International Apostolic Council. See DOVE International values here. The leadership team reads, understands and agrees with the procedures of DOVE International as outlined within this DOVE International Leadership Handbook.
If the potential partner church leaders agree with the values, vision, doctrine, and procedure and is in unity with the Regional DOVE Apostolic Council, there needs to be a time set aside for prayer and waiting before the Lord to receive the Lord’s confirmation before an engagement begins. An on-site personal visit with the potential engaged church and the leaders is recommended at this point.
If the Lord gives His confirmation, then an engagement period generally begins for one year, which can be shortened or lengthened upon agreement.
The lead elder and the Regional DOVE Apostolic Council begin to build relationships. In some cases, the lead elder may relate to a designate appointed by the Apostolic Council.
Apostolic coverage begins with an established engagement period.
Tithing begins by the lead elder and the partner church at the beginning of the engagement period area as per the guidelines for tithing on page 28 of the DOVE International Leadership Handbook.
The lead elder begins to relate to other DOVE International leaders within his geographical area.
If there is full agreement between Regional Apostolic Council and the potential partner church’s eldership team, a partnership agreement may be signed by two members of the Regional DOVE Apostolic Council and/or designates and the lead elder and the other elders of the partner church. A copy of this agreement can be obtained from the DOVE International Office. There will be a public commissioning service by one or more Regional DOVE Apostolic Council member(s) and/or a designate(s) appointed by the Apostolic Council. There may be times when a church is a part of two movements for a season during the transition. This process is worked out between the lead elder and elders team, the Regional DOVE Apostolic Council and the leader of the other movement.
Adoption of Movements
The same basic process is used in the DOVE International family to adopt a movement as is used to adopt a partner church. This process may take longer due to the number of persons involved in the adoption process involving potential apostolic leaders and lead elders.
Relationship and Resources
Our Leadership events are a great place to build relationship with like-minded ministry leaders as well as find out more about our resources.
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If you are a church leader interested to connect to the DOVE family start a conversation by email here.