However, over the next several years I continued the JFYM training with pastor Jean Alix Paul--in the original group. Later he sensed God leading him to start a new church in Petionville, Haiti--in the mountains. They decided to call the church “The Church of Small Groups”, and, just as I had trained Pastor Jean Alix to do, they followed the Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry strategy for the entire church!
When the earthquake hit, many people from the capital of Port-Au-Prince relocated to the mountains. Agape Church launched in January of 2014. In January 2018, they held their four-year anniversary celebration--with over 4,000 people in attendance!
When I brought a team to Agape Church in March 2018, Jean Alix explained how the church Leadership Team operates weekly. Jean Alix’ staff team prepared a discipleship lesson, and equipped the small group leaders in that lesson. Then they meet with their group of ten to disciple them. This has resulted in a life-transforming church with disciple-makers who go to their neighborhoods, build relationships with non-believers, and share the gospel.
During the year, they hold several services to communicate the gospel with a goal of 300 non-believers attending because of a relationship with someone in a small group. The small group leaders tell their stories of coming to Christ. Then people gather with a leader they know, and engage in a Gospel-related conversation. Those who receive Jesus immediately join a small group for discipleship.