Im sure you will do it your way. Im being led by the Holy Spirit and this is what I have learned so far.
Remember the guiding principle of the parable of the talents is… use what you have and He will give you more. In this case the “resource” is His children. So look after His children and He will send more of them to you for looking after.
In the pic above you can see a few key ingredients of the meetings.
Speakers in the background… we tend to pray with worship music going at the same time. If someone else is praying you can worship while you wait. The music is hand picked by the Holy Spirit through me. I use the same music each week so that we can get to know the same music, otherwise we all come from different traditions and have very little music in common. Its about two hours of music so boredom doesnt set it. I only have audio, no video otherwise people dont pray, they watch the video!
Pens and paper for people to keep notes. This is important for some personality types.
My own notepad where I write down what prophetic words, or wisdom or advice people give. People are usually hurt and frequently they have a history of being ignored. To show you value their input, write down the advice they give. If God blesses you with a (real) prophet, be sure to honour him and to value the words of God. DO NOT let His words fall to the ground.
Publically thank everyone for their contribution. Thank the owner ofvthe house, the person who gave lifts, the people who shared, the people who brought cooldrinks, the person who kept the fire alive.
I give handouts when introducing things. Some personality type need to know the structure! Or handouts when Im teaching. But I dont want to waste paper each week. So I have laminated 10 pieces of paper, double sided, with the key points on it.
Cooldrink. I cant believe how much 6 ppl can drink in 6 hours. Last night we went through 7L. Have places for them to put down their drinks and pens and paper and food.
A warm room. Its winter here now. What everyone asked, as I picked them up, was… is there going to be a fire? I told them the fire is already lit, the room will be warm by the time we get back. Remember… if you look after His kids, He will send more!
Lifts. For obvious reasons the most spiritually hungry people are often the poorest and often those who have suffered in their lives. They know they need Jesus, but poverty is ruling over them and so they need lifts. You are chief cook and bottle washer and encourager and referee and taxi.
Trust. You must engender trust in the group, by you being trustworthy. Your honesty, vulnerability etc. allows others to feel safe. Even introverts are speaking out on their first night with us – and then saying that they cant believe that they are sharing.
Pray during the week. This cannot be underestimated. The room should be spiritually “warmed up” and kept warm during the week… as far as possible. Dont exhaust yoursrlf. Just do what you can. Dont start from spiritual temperature zero at the start of each meeting.
Journey. Keep making people think not of destinations or having arrived, but rather of journeys, we are all respectful / tolerant of each others different journeys and where people are on their journey.
Be led by the Holy Spirit. This is the key to the puzzle pieces (above) fitting correctly. He helps you hear when to back off, or encourage, or stop something. Without the leading of the Holy Spirit during the week you wont be prepared for Friday. Without the leading of the Holy Spirit on Friday you wont be able to lead.
Without the leading of the Holy Spirit, your group will drift off course gradually and not be a Revival Meeting. Instead it will be a home group or cell group or home church or something else. Without the Holy Spirit leading each person, you will have to use structure and rules and “apostolic authorty” (nonsense, control and gibberish) in order to maintain control and keep momentum and identity. Remember: where the Spirit is there is liberty/freedom. Dont take peoples freedom away, but do tell them you expect everyone to be mature and srlf disciplined.
With your own submission to the Holy Spirit, and with you promoting self discipline and everyone knowing that the bible says everyone should bring something, and with your prayer DURING THE WEEK you will have a radically different experience. Unique. Thats what people are calling it.
Keep repeating the core values… the things that make us who we are. Many pastors keep telling the church that “we are a praying church”. Over time that is accepted as their identity… and the people pray! Well… in this instance right from the word go, remind people that the group is not a clique, its going to grow, its going to welcome people, its inclusive, everyone is welcome, it will split and create more groups later.
This last point… it must split and create more groups must be a foundational aspect of identity, otherwise what you have built is a home group, and they wont bring revival to more and more places.
Dont grow quickly, form an understanding of who we are and what we are doing – bringing revival – between the core members. But dont let the core becone a clique.
Illustrate the point you are making by quoting from scripture. Jesus Christ said “apart from me you can do nothing. So make sure you lead people to Him, to scripture about Him, all of the time.
Food. Jesus Christ often ate with people. We eat together each week. At first I paid for it. Then my housemate chipped in. Then one of the group offered to make food one friday. Then another offered. The initial generosity shown by you will gradually soften hearts and they will be generous too.
Any and all theology MUST be “releasing the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross”-centric. Without this you dont have a Revival Meeting, you have something else.
Your group should be exploring what it means to be a son of God who releases the Kingdom of God…by proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Exploring is what takes up all the hours! And its fun. Its highly relational. Its why we go from 7pm until 1 or 2am… until we feel too tired to keep going any more. The joy comes in seeing peopkes lives change.
As the group continues, constantly proclaiming the Kingdom of God, the real presence of Gods Kingdom will manifest more and more. Be thinking about how to handle growth, which comes as word gets around thst the Kingdom of God is breaking through.
Dont invite people who will want to leave early. Dont invite people who want to bring their kids. This meeting is not kid friendly. Its loud, active and it runs into the early hours of the morning.
Dont allow new comers to suggest that you creste a list of attendees and all telephone numbers. Let relationships form naturally. Dont invade peoples privacy. Dont let that type of person collect the infornation of everyone indirectly by suggesting they want to arrange other meetings or weekends away or whatever. Such a person is usually trying to get a list of attendees for ulterior motives. Be as wise as a serpent, while still being as innocent as a dove!
Serpents try to break up groups of Christians. Do not be naiive about the enemy’s plan. Pray during the week. Protect the people He has given you.
Do not let new comers introduce new goals for the group. You should know what the Holy Spirit is going to do through the Revival Meeting… to proclaim the Kingdom of God so that the Kingdom of God literally manifests in and around your lounge, house and beyond.
How do I know its His will? He taught us to pray…
The prayer as it occurs in Matthew 6:9–13
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Yes, its His will that the Kingdom of God comes to Earth. Thats what Revival Meetings are all about… proclaiming that and seeing it happen.