History of Hebraic Rearch, geneology and Missions @ Hineni
For years, Hineni was an idea in the heart of a Jewish believer in Yeshua’s biblical missionary approach. Along with technology use and mission experience in house-based groups scattered around Latin America, Sweden and USA. The leading figures who began the group continued to set direction through counsel and personal influence rather than through leadership offices. From the beginning Hineni leaders encouraged individual Bible teachers and evangelists to start home study groups as they were able, sharing knowledge informally. New York was a the “shapely place”. It was a blessing. By year 2000, the fellowship consisted of a dozen different groups comprising more than 200 people.
During this period, the group’s theology was influenced most by four strangely contradictory sources: Mutual Israelita de Santo Domingo- Rabbi Kagan; America Rodriguez of Senda Ministries in Dominican Republic, Brooklyn congregation and pastor jasser from and also a grace-oriented Bible commentary like that of . Yet, such eclectic approaches were common in the milieu of the “Jesus revolution”, which was in full swing in those years. The theological emphases they gleaned from these authors were: (1) The centrality of the grace of God 2) The importance of learning Jewish torah-based truth content–including the Bible, theology, church or believers community history and contemporary social criticism. (3) The importance of staying in touch with contemporary culture. (4) The importance of developing deep biblical judaic community, including a network of relationships that are not superficial.
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Hineni leadership had clarified their vision for the assembly during their time of working and living in the USA, settling on the central values that continue to characterize Hineni to this day: That the congregation, an assembly is people in community, actively growing through using their gifts in ministry and reaching out to those outside the community. All the involved in missions saw the importance of keeping the ministry and assembly outward focused, and sought to avoid what they perceived as a tendency in the |traditional Jewish synagogues to be inward-focused and out of touch with contemporary culture. Yeshua’s teachings and movements shows that evangelism and personal discipleship were the means for building the congregation. In Hineni, all leaders sought to disciple younger believers, and that was supposed to lead to duplication. Duplication of mature jewish believers would hopefully lead to duplication of house congregations. And as house congregations multiplied, an assembly or congregation planting movement would erupt. To the present day, Hineni strives to be a congregation planting movement.
To this day, Hineni members shoulder the bulk of ministry including extensive training. Hineni leaders are convinced that without the many years of serving as soldiers at their own expense, they never would have been able to develop the same level of certainty about the equality of all members’ responsibility for ministry.
When it became evident that “Hineni House Fellowship” was becoming a large group, the leadership decided to incorporate a non profit ministry under Canadian, Ontario law or work along one. The group had been publishing a magazine called Hineni Journal, and they decided to go online too as Hineni Hebraic Fellowship. The name Hineni is derived from a Hebrew word whose primary use in only but the New Testament ( Good News) here I am and also for missiologist purposes denotes sojourners in a foreign land, a biblical description of non jewish believers whose ultimate home is the new Earth and Heaven. A third usage of the word Hineni denotes “one who provides hospitality.”
From the beginning, Hineni has strived to reach not only Jews without synagogues, but non jews, also “unchurched” people, but anti-church people—those who are determined to stay away from more traditional congregations. This is why Hineni reaches out with the message of Messiah in an unconventional, contemporary, informal setting. Visitors from other ccongregations are often confused and even startled by how different Hineni meetings are from other congregations. We don’t feel we are trying to be strange as an end in itself, but for reasons that arise out of our unique calling.
As the home Bible studies, or “home churches” multiplied and spread throughout the city, they became increasingly successful at reaching not only students, but also people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Hineni leaders increasingly sensed the potential of a self-replicating home based congregations movement for reaching the lost. The leadership team in each house congregation or group sets as its goal from the beginning to raise up new leadership and plant a new home group.
In addition to home groups, Jasser, Maria, Samuel , pastor and marisol each led a so-called “Central Teaching.” The Central Teachings were labeled “central” because clusters of home groups would share space at these lectures. One Central Teaching was comprised mainly of students, the other mainly adults.
During the 1990s, the group also developed a fairly elaborate system of coursework intended to support home congregation leaders in their efforts to raise up qualified new leaders. Every quarter, hundreds of people would take courses, most of which met for two- to three-hour sessions every Wednesday evening. The courses generally charged tuition of $20 to $50, assigned homework, and gave graded quizzes and tests. Students had to pass a minimum list of courses in order to qualify as a home congregation leader.
Between 1980 and 1984, the number of participants in home churches doubled every 18 months. By then, the total number of participants had reached 2,050. Concurrently, the number of lay leaders rose from 50 in 1980 to more than 200 in 1984. The two Central Teachings grew accordingly. We added a third Central Teaching in 1986, a fourth in 1988.
A Different Decade
As the community searched for a suitable site that would not limit future growth, the membership had to face several grave issues, including the attached and longtime tradition of weak giving to the local congregation. Although Hineni members had a strong ethic of self-sacrifice, giving had never been strong. hineni meetings never passed the plate, but merely referred to a box in the rear where people could leave donations.
During the early 2005’s Hineni underwent internal upheaval, eventually resulting in the first large-scale congregation associate ‘s division. The causes for the division were complicated, involving some interpersonal, affective conflict. But the differences also included important issues of substance.
In addition to these problems, the leadership of the congregation was divided over issues of doctrine and practice. A group of leaders and counselors in the congregation were increasingly involved in getting ” cozy or in love with orthodox or rabbinic opinions” as of Misnaic or Talmudic when our core is Tannak. A large meeting of the whole congregation followed where leaders and elders presented their areas of agreement and disagreement. But none of these measures resulted in a resolution to the growing conflict over the future vision for the congregation.
People began to leave in our ex congregation. During 2006 and 2008, lots of people left that congregation. The congregation has been back through a period of recovery. We are now friends again and regarding our vision we are focus as a cell-based congregation.
Notwithstanding the chaos of those years, we find ourselves today happy with the community organization and tone of the congregation, and we feel we are headed for a great future. We succeeded in launching our blogsite 2007, and have seen excellent growth and morale in the group as a result.
Our Ministry Today
Aside from our numerous home fellowship groups, Hineni conducts ministry through ministry teams. These teams go through an accreditation process after developing a defined ministry plan. Some of the key ministry teams in the congregation include:
“Home synagogues, home based congregations,” are the backbone of Hineni home group ministry. These groups usually range from 10-40 people who meet for fellowship and Bible teaching. Home congregationss are also open to non-jewish and non believers neighbors and friends, and are a major entry point for new people into the congregation. Each home congregation also has a discipleship program involving men’s and women’s groups and supervised ministry experience, usually combined with some one-on-one mentoring. By the end of a typical two year cycle, the leadership team of a given home congregation tries to have a new leadership team in place, along with new members and discipleship groups. When everything is ready, the group has a harvest meeting where testimonies are shared, and the group divides to plant a new home congregation.
In the mid-2008, Hinenis began offering courses for those wanting to expand their knowledge of the Bible and ministry skills. Today, we offer one series of courses that revolve around leadership training and another that focuses on introductory information aimed at young believerss and those investigating Judaism.
Our courses address theology, biblical studies, counseling, family life, cross cultural ministry and other subjects of interest to members. Hineni has developed much of its own curricula, which is regularly taught by the congregational’s pastors and other trained teachers and professionals.
The Research and Study Center, is Hinenis’ lending library and place to prepare for leading home group. The center offers a unique place to study, set in a wooded ravine with a deck and stream. We maintain an extensive content, audio and video tape library available in Spanish and Hebrew, in addition to thousands of books that address Judaic, Hebraic and Messianic Judaism and related disciplines from a variety of perspectives. Our index of Study Center resources are computerized for quick access, and most books are available by paid subscription.
Most of our adult outreach occurs at the ever-popular public lectures we call Central Teachings. We also see big results from innovative outreach projects such as Play Groups and Conversation and Cuisine groups.
Hineni began as a student movement, but during the 2009. The campaign has been successful.
For younger kids, Hineni Hebraic Resources will be having three locations in Toronto, Ontario, offering quality academic and biblical education.
Our popular children’s ministry operating during Central Teachings is called Josiah. Leaders of this ministry have written their own curriculum, available on this site.
Hineni’ External Relations division forges relationships with other synagogues and churches to explore cooperative ministries and ways to share resources. This division also enhances the community’s understanding of Hineni and demonstrates unity among Jewish believerss. We offer conferences for the larger congregations in our area or overseas and maintain this web site. Hinenis also maintains membership in interdenominational missions networks, such as Brooklyn Committees.
Hineni is strong in the conviction that God has given us blessing only so we can share his love with others in need. In 2009 we launched Urban Concern with the mission of transforming one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Ontario.
Urban Concern seeks to empower individuals and families to be agents of positive change in North York, New York city and the world. Our strategy is to raise up Jewish of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds and indigenous leadership in a targeted area of both cities. We accomplish this mission through various activities, including a private inner city school, an after school program, spiritual mentoring, job training, community development activities, and more.
World Ministries provide opportunities for every believer in Messiah’s teachings to be involved in evangelism, mission and the establishment of congregations among non-jewish peoples around the world. Today, Hineni has planted teams in Latin America (Central), Northern Europe, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The Missions Mobilization department educates and mobilizes Hineni members for worldwide evangelism and missions.
Volunteers also coordinate Home Support Teams, who are dedicated to supporting the needs of our mission fields.