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ON-SITE CONTENT & COMMENTARY GROUPS
ON-SITE WAYS TO GET HELP
BABY RUTH’S SOCIETY
SELECT SATURDAYS / 1PM-4PM / ABF COMMONS
The Baby Ruth’s Society is a Bible study for young girls and young women. Our name comes from the book of Ruth, and we aim to follow Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi and to God. We base our studies on building a biblical foundation and finding role models throughout scripture for our members.
EVERY SUNDAY / 9AM-10AM / CADRE JR. ROOM / AGES 3-9
A ministry for children to learn about the Bible, their relationship with God and to be debriefed on the weekly sermons in a way that is broken down and easy to understand.
EVERY THURSDAY / 7PM-9:30PM / ABF / YOUNG MILLENIALS AND POST-MILLENIALS 13+
Outsiders is a youth culture resource. It features a wide age range to create an opportunity for legacy-minded growth and a strong sense of communal narrative based on activity, personal discussion, and God-centered identity.
SELECTED SATURDAYS / 1PM-4PM / ABF / AGES 5-12
Firewalkers is a group that builds up young men to be men of God who are observant, critical thinkers, and resourceful. We do this through studies to ground them in their faith and small projects that teach them basic skills in a variety of mediums.
EVERY WEDNESDAY / 6PM-830PM / DEVELOPMENT CENTER / AGES 12+
Firesmiths is a resource aimed at giving men the tools to build themselves and others into men of God. It focuses on the tent pole relationships of males, namely being Husbands and Sons, and creates a platform for easy discussion, camaraderie, and narrative about how a godly man can be improving these things. It also gives useful tools to turn these narratives into godly ones by teaching the art of how to study the Bible and properly apply it. Lastly, it provides opportunities for regular service around the church property as a narrative experience of manhood and proper stewardship within a local body. It is open to any age of men with the focus and respect necessary to have intimate discussions and self-study. It is open to respectful non-ABF members that wish to learn a Christian perspective on the subject of manhood.
Lighthouse is a resource for ABF members that connects those 50+ to be in covenantal relationships with each other. It seeks to establish a healthy, meaningful and viable relationship with the future church. Those in the Lighthouse ministry are advocated for in areas such as; property maintenance, transportation, social integration and medical care.
Community living in 24/7 service to the church. Members of Haven live in a church run facility, are run by the Eldership of ABF and have a congregationally created constitution. They make themselves available to the needs of the congregation at all times.
Ember Watch is a resource which seeks to reconnect both children and adults with God’s Creation through education and experience. It runs backpacking trips, camp outs and an annual Outdoor School for Cadre.
HEARTSCRIBE BIBLE STUDY
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY / 630PM-9PM / SNOW RESIDENCE
SELECT FRIDAY / 8:30PM-10:30PM / ABF DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Bible study using physical Bibles to increase an understanding of our faith and inscribe the word of God on our hearts.
ABF has a proprietary leadership training program to raise new leadership from within the church. The goal is to create leaders who are invested in their local church bodies and will root themselves in the humble calling of shepherding. The course is trained by the current and previous Eldership and features 4 paths of education. The course culminates in 7 years.
The Custodial Eldership Academy at ABF is 1 of 4 pathways that has a focus on becoming apart of ABF’s local bodies Council of Elders. Graduation from this program is subject to congregational approval and provides a clergy license.
The Eldership Academy: Insight Program at ABF is 1 of 4 pathways with a focus on biblical counseling.
The Eldership Academy: Evangelion Program at ABF is 1 of 4 pathways with a focus on missions and church planting
The Eldership Academy: Sojourner Program at ABF is 1 of 4 pathways with a focus on Deaconship at the local ABF Body.
The Developmental Cadre (or just Cadre) is ABF’s education advocacy program. It expands upon the classic model of a homeschool co-op. The church provides a space, a teacher, and tools to help parents supplement their own homeschooling efforts. The purpose is simple; to promote a culture of education within the church body that is both legacy minded and maintained by the whole congregation. Within the Cadre program, their are four branches:
YEAR ROUND / MONDAY THRU THURSDAY / 8AM-4PM / ABF / INFANT-PRESCHOOL
Cadre Tots allows parents to have help in the early years of a child’s development with simple lessons, crafts and good nutrition.
SCHOOL YEAR / TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY / 9AM-3PM / ABF / GRADE K-5
Cadre Jr. begins the process of preparing kids for Cadre Prep by introducing them to Project Based Learning along side parent provided basic curriculum. Cadre Jr. is open to grades from K-5.
SCHOOL YEAR / TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY / 9AM-3PM / ABF / GRADE 6-12
Cadre Prep is compatible with online public schooling, on a path to a diploma, as well as creating its own path of education advocacy using Project Based Learning, ending in a GED. Cadre is open to grade 6-12.
SCHOOL YEAR / TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY / 9AM-3PM / ABF / GRADE 12+
Cadre Prime is the culmination of the Cadre System. It allows for continued mentorship in education, from the greater church body, and space for self study, while at the same time providing the Prime student with the opportunity to be a mentor in the other branches of the Cadre system. Cadre Prime is open to anyone with a GED or in College.
The CRC stands for Christian Resource Cooperative. It is an arm of the External Ministry department of the church that specifically focuses on providing opportunities for ABF to have a meaningful partnership with other churches that share in the same doctrine and beliefs. The CRC has multiple resources underneath it that are open to other churches in the greater PDX area. To learn more, please click on the link above.
CADRE FRAMEWORK MINISTRY
The Cadre Framework (CFW) is a method for understanding active membership within the local church. It utilizes a core principle at ABF, Upward Modular Application (UMA) to create a strong phenomenon of rooting within a local body.
The Framework employs a basic idea that all members of a congregation are included in a responsibility to be useful for the local church through the use of their particular trades, skills, talents and other tools through a joint encouragement of mastery and discipline.
When these, discipline-specific, tools are used for the church to produce a useful outcome, with others who have the same tools, they are grouped together as a Cadre within the CFW and encouraged to develop those tools and outcomes within their particular discipline.
They may do so, within their discipline, without necessary involvement from ABF resources and programs, but with guidance from appropriate ABF officers and community encouragement from those within their discipline.
OPTICS AND LEGACY MINISTRY
Project Vigilance is a ministry that produces visual media, maintains the online web presence, and archives the history of ABF with an emphasis on legacy.
Feast with Ravens is ABF’s houseband. Beyond playing worship for Sunday Services at Aletheia Bible Fellowship, the band works with all skill levels of muscians in the writing, production and performance of original worship music. Their original pieces can be explored and supported on their bandcamp account.