AUT, Inc. was founded on three principles: integrity, respect and excellence in ministry. It is with these same principles that we want to foster the very best in you.
A father by definition is a man who has at least one child He is the agent God uses in creating a life. A man can be a husband without having children, but he cannot be a father without having children. A Christian cannot be a spiritual father without being used of/by God to bring life to spiritual children.
Paul called Timothy his “true child in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2) and Titus his “true child in a common faith” (Titus 1:4). The runaway slave, Onesimus, was the Apostle’s “child whom Paul had begotten in his imprisonment” (Philemon 10). Everywhere he went he led people to Christ; he cared for them and trained them, thereby becoming the spiritual father. The Apostle Paul did not claim to have power of spiritual procreation, in Christ Jesus, he was saying, “I have begotten you” through the gospel.
Characteristics of a Spiritual Father
- They are role models (2 Thessalonians 3:9).
- They are self-managed and manages others (I Timothy 3:4, 5).
- They are fatherly (Genesis 45:8).
- They are patient and tolerant of mistakes because they realize the time continuum involved in producing a mature leader.
- They are led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14).
- They give life changing counsel in practical form (1 Thessalonians 3:10).
- They are experts in the ministry of encouragement (2 Timothy 2:1; Proverbs 12:18).
- They help their disciples set goals that will challenge them (1 Thessalonians 5: 12, 1 Tim. 1 :3-5).
- As a father in the faith, they will render financial assistance when warranted by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 9:9-10; Luke 22:35, 36; 2 Kings 4:38-44).
- They expose their disciples to new orbits of ministry, books and literature that contain insights foreign, but beneficial to them (2 Kings 6:7; John 5:39).
- The timing of God, the co-minister with emerging leaders to allow disciples to share in the honor and stability of a well-known ministry (Acts 16:1-5).
As a covenant member, you will be provided various resources for development, guidance, instruction and an opportunity to become licensed and ordained.
- Covering– A covenant agreement in which each person accepts that one party will be accountable and held responsible to another party. The word “covenant” signifies a mutual understanding between two or more parties, each binding himself to fulfill specific obligations (Genesis 14.13; Exodus 23:32; 34:12; Joshua 9:6-16; Genesis 9:9-17).
- Fellowship– The companionship and comradeship characteristics of group solidarity or the friendship exchange between individuals that springs from shared work, shared Christian practices, etc. (1 John 1:1-3).
- Instruction– Extensive knowledge in addressing problems associated with:
– Personal Issues
– Planting Cells and Home Groups
- Guidance – To go before in order to show the way (2 Timothy 3: 10-11; 1 Corinthians 4: 16).
- Development – To cause to grow or to expand (2 Corinthians 4:16).