Way of Life

The Alleluia Community Way of life

Our WAY OF LIFE describes the things we do together and the structures of our life that support the vision and help us live out our purpose: Our Way of Life can be divided into nine categories:

  1. Pastoral Structure
  2. Community Government
  3. Rhythm and Schedules
  4. Catholic and Protestant Fellowships
  5. Outreach
  6. The Alleluia Community School
  7. The Alleluia Institute
  8. Legal Structures
  9. Administrative Services
  1. Pastoral Structure
    1. The core of our Pastoral Structure is the family. The family, recognizing and respecting the human dignity of each family member, is led in normative circumstances by the father and mother who form its pastoral team. The head of the family, usually the father, represents and relates to other pastoral structures for their family.
    2. Each community family, extended household member, and single person in the community is fitted into a support group. These support groups normally include 10 to 20 adults (12 being optimum) and their children. Each support group is led by a Support Group Head. The Head is responsible for caring for support group members and helping individuals and families live in solidarity with each other and the broader community. Most headship relationships of care and accountability take place within the support group.
    3. Each Support Group Head relates with and is responsible to a Pastoral Coordinator. The Pastoral Coordinators are responsible for overseeing all relationships of care and accountability in their area and for insuring consistency and solidarity among the support groups. The Pastoral Coordinators are directly responsible to the Elders and report to the Overall Coordinator or his representative on day-to-day matters.
    4. Handmaids are a specific group of women within the community who provide overall insight to the community government from a woman’s perspective. They also provide direct leadership for women’s activities and assist in certain pastoral relationships. They are responsible to the Elders and report to the Overall Coordinator or his representative on day to day matters.
    5. The Pastoral Team is the chief organizing element of the pastoral structure. It is responsible for overseeing how our Way and Rule of Life impact individuals and for maintaining a just and vibrant life. The Pastoral Team is currently made up of three Elders, a Pastoral Coordinator and two Handmaids. The Pastoral Team is responsible to the Elders.
    6. Other supportive ministries include:
      • Women act as “Older Women” for other community women. (Older Woman is a scriptural term that indicates a mature woman who gives counsel, care, teaching and example for other women.) Individuals in the Older Woman role are nurtured and trained by the Handmaids and overseen by the Area Coordinator or his representative.
      • Our youth ministry provides specialized support and structure for youth formation, recreation, and discipleship. The youth ministry is overseen by a Youth Development Coordinator (assisted by young adult ministers called YAMS) and is responsible to the Elders and overseen on a day to day basis by the Overall Coordinator or his representative.

    7. Branches outside the Augusta (Augusta, Dearing and Aiken, SC) Branch are led by a Principal Branch Coordinator who is responsible to the Elders and who reports to the Overall Coordinator or his representative on day to day matters.

  2. Community Government

    For the sake of maintaining community order and to help us be faithful to our purpose and vision, we have a community government.

    The Elders
    The Elder form of government has been used since the inception of the Alleluia Community. This form calls for a group of co-equal Elders who together serve as the government of Alleluia Community. Each Elder must be affirmed by the Full Covenant members and, when installed, serve permanently in that office. Though the Elder role is permanent an Elder may resign at any time for personal reasons. A detailed explanation of the Elder form of government is found in the Document on Government and Decision Making
  3. Rhythm and Schedules

    For the sake of coming together to fulfill our call to be a people of praise and for the sake of maintaining solidarity as we live our daily Christian lives, we have developed a rhythm of life. This rhythm consists of various schedules and ways of meeting together as a whole group and in sub-groups in the community .We currently gather together in men’s meetings, women’s meetings, adult meetings, family meetings, support group meetings, work parties, retreats, holiday celebrations, etc.

  4. Catholic and Protestant Fellowships

    For the sake of continuing growth and formation within our different Traditions, we have developed Catholic and Protestant fellowships. The Alleluia Catholic Fellowship is a private association with statutes in the Diocese of Savannah 42 and membership in The International Fraternity of Catholic Communities and Fellowships. The Alleluia Protestant Fellowship currently exists as a multi-denominational fellowship.

  5. Outreach

    For the sake of our call to Christian hospitality, evangelism, and good works done in the name of Jesus, we have an Outreach Council. This council is led by the Outreach Coordinator who is responsible to the Elders and is overseen in day to day matters by the Overall Coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator with his council is responsible for outreach activities undertaken by the body as a whole and for stimulating and supporting outreach activities undertaken by individual members or groups of members. Our current outreach includes such things as music outreach, seminars and conferences, prison ministry, neighborhood renewal, pro-life activity , basic evangelism, denominational renewal activities, Internet outreach, etc.

  6. The Alleluia Community School

    For the sake of living out our vision as families in community responsible for the education and instruction of our children we have formed a school. We see the school as a family educating its children. The authority for operating the school is vested in the Elders. The School Superintendent, who reports directly to the Overall Coordinator on day-to- day matters, oversees the school. The Superintendent is aided in overseeing the school by the three Principals. Each oversees one of the divisions: elementary, middle or high school. The Superintendent, the Principals, and some additional teachers make up the School Administrative Team. A Community Advisory Team made up of non-staff members from each Area meet with the Superintendent to provide advice and counsel.

  7. The Alleluia Institute

    For the sake of learning and sharing the truth of the Gospels we have created the Alleluia Institute. This institute functions in cooperation with both the Pastoral Team and the Outreach Council. It is headed by the Institute Coordinator who is responsible to the Elders and reports to the Overall Coordinator on day to day matters. The members of the institute are selected by the Institute Coordinator with the approval of the Elders.

  8. Legal Structures

    For the sake of living under civil authority and for doing business in a culture defined by laws and to help us be in the world but not of it, the community, in cooperation with the State of Georgia, currently operates two basic legal structures. These structures are:
    1. Alleluia Christian Service Center, Inc. (A.C.S.C., Inc.), a 501 C. (3) non-profit corporation in the State of Georgia, which oversees all of our non-profit and tax-exempt operations; and
    2. Brothersville Development Corporation, a for-profit Georgia corporation that oversees all of our for profit property management.

    Both of these corporations are owned by their own board of directors who understand, individually and corporately, that they hold these assets for the common good of the State of Georgia, and in particular, the brothers and sisters in the fraternal association we call the Alleluia Community .

  9. Administrative Services

    For the sake of providing practical assistance to the various parts of the community, we have organized an administrative department responsible to the Elders and reporting to the Overall Coordinator on day-to-day matters. This unit would include the operation of the community office, all corporate communication, bookkeeping and accounting, property and facility management, activity planning, logistics, budgeting, vehicle use management, scheduling, personnel management, etc. A number of service teams, each overseen by a head servant, function as part of administrative services. We also maintain a sharing fund account to meet personal and emergency needs of the brothers and sisters in the Alleluia Community . This account does not use tax-exempt donations from the non-profit corporation but is wholly funded by resources given without tax deduction.