WHO WE ARE

Meaning of Eden

A place of complete bliss, agape love and perfect peace. 

(Genesis 2: 8-24, Isaiah 51:3)

Who We are

We are a global network of New Testament Churches who hold services at home with the goal of growing in the Grace of Christ in order to fulfill all three ministries of Believers:

  1. Ministry to God (Acts 13:2): The Christian’s upward ministry.

  2. Ministry to ourselves (Acts 2: 44-46): The Christian’s inward ministry.

  3. Ministry to the world (Mark 16:15-16): The Christian’s outward ministry.

our Mission

Our mission revolves around two key words: WIN and WEAN. We exist to win (save) the lost at all cost by unveiling the glorious beauty of the love of God expressed in the new covenant through preaching. And wean (mature) the saved by teaching depths of the blessedness of the New covenant of grace with its corresponding responsibilities so saints will be equipped to manifest eternal life, start new house churches, and thus influence society with the principles of the kingdom of God..

Vision Statement

“TILL WE ALL COME TO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH and of the knowledge of the son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ..”

(Ephesians 4:13)

OUR STORY

Eden Family’s footprint was captured in an effort to understand six troubling questions:

  1. Why is it that christians seem to grow very well in church, but not in Christ?
  2. Why is it that ‘the bride of Christ’, a divine organic being, seem interested rather to be identified with buildings (Temples) made with human hands than with fellow saints?
  3. Why is it that most christians are either ignorant or feel incapable of responding to the call to ministry even though God clearly said “He has enabled us (all his children, not just a privileged few) to be ministers of the New Covenant…” (II Corinthians 3:6)?
  4. Why is it that the fastest growing churches on earth today are in regions (Afghanistan, Pakistan, China etc) where there are little to no institutional churches that meet regularly in Temples?
  5. Why is it that church growth strides seem stifled for lack of laborers and funds because the laity in church relies on the clergy alone to do the work of ministry?
  6. Why is it that professionals in scripture like Dr. Luke, Prime minister Daniel, Chief of staff Nehemiah, President David and several others both served as ministers of God and functional workers in societies, but today’s institutional Church classifies such as circular workers and others as full time ministers?

While Minister Emmanuel K. Prempeh sought answers to these troubling questions, Covid-19 ravaged the earth and made mockery of the church as her expensive cathedrals served no purpose while christians starved for lack of fellowship. During this same harsh season, groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, drug cartels, radical gangs etc. grew stronger because they run a persecution proof meeting system; meeting in small groups in houses of members. It was becoming clear that God had been calling the church to return to the meeting format (House Churches) that gave birth to her in the book of Acts.

Accordingly, Minister Emmanuel K. Prempeh, responded to the call to start Eden Family Network of House churches in October 2021.

We hope to add to the reformative work of Martin Luther King who, we believe, reformed the content of the Gospel, but did not touch the basic structure of the ‘worship service’. Every Eden Family house church will submit to the wisdom of scripture to use the current Old Testament Temple church‐model as an occasional meeting venue, and the home of saints as the natural habitat and regular venues for church services.

We do not seek just a few cosmetic amendments here and there, but to establish sound and solid New Testament model churches in every community across the globe. We understand that this call comes with a price, but even If that means we have to start building the church all over again at the cost of our lives, so be it…

OUR BELIEFS

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the everlasting life. Amen.

AFFIRMATIONS

12 POINT AFFIRMATIONS OF EDEN FAMILY

  1. We affirm the church in all of its historical expressions, but we believe that a redefinition and or reconstruction of church systems/ models is necessary to sustain our impact and relevance in our fast changing world. 
  2. We affirm the concept of being the church in small transformational families in communities rather than going to a building called ‘church’. We call this “House Church”, “family Church”, or “Organic Church.” 
  3. We affirm participatory gatherings rather than spectator gatherings; every Christian in every church meeting has a contribution to make as the Body of Christ ministers to herself in love. [1 Cor. 14:26] 
  4. We affirm that the distinction between clergy and laity has hindered church growth because the laity has relied on the clergy alone to do all the work of the ministry. 
  5. We affirm the value of lateral growth above vertical growth. Building outward is better than building upward. We seek to avoid the distractions of buildings, budgets, and big business so that our time and efforts can be put into building relationships and reaching out to the world with the message of Jesus Christ.
  6. We affirm that house church can take place in homes or in any other place at any time, wherever Christians gather in the name of Jesus.
  7. We affirm the equipping and releasing of all Believers [not just a few charismatic extroverts or superstars] to do the work of the ministry. [Eph 4:11-13]
  8. We affirm that each person is a minister; that House Church allows for the best expression of the “one-another” admonitions that we find in the New Testament. The meetings are not 100% sermon centered.
  9. We affirm the principle of multiplication through evangelism, so that when the house church reaches 15 or 20 people we will lay hands on a few individuals or couples and commission them to start another house church. This is cellular, organic growth.
  10. We affirm that we are to practice the disciplines of worship, instruction, fellowship, and evangelism, as found in Acts 2:42.
  11. We affirm that encounter/submission to the written word of God and the Holy Spirit can turn any man into another man. The evidence of any such encounter/submission will be a life fully lived by “faith that works by love” [Gal 5:6]
  12. We affirm that the House Church Movement is a Church Planting Movement and we invite every saint to “come over and help us.”