“I think the Alleluia Community is a true reflection of the early Christian Church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.” -Bishop Gregory Hartmayer

What is the Alleluia Community? Or rather who are we?
We are a family of families, raised up by God to care for our brothers and sisters and to be instruments of His healing and love to one another.
We are a covenant people, committed to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and to each other for the rest of our lives.
We are ecumenical, representing many streams of Christianity – Catholic and Protestant.
We are charismatic. We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit – healing, prophecy, discernment of spirits, words of knowledge and wisdom, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12).

 


When the Snow Fell

When the Snow Fell

ON A COLD FRIDAY NIGHT in February 1973, 12 friends found themselves snowbound in Augusta, Ga. As they gathered in one of their homes, the snow had begun falling, eventually piling up 13 inches, a very rare phenomenon in Augusta. The friends were part of a charismatic prayer group, but they knew they wanted more of a commitment to one another. Before the weekend ended, they had written and agreed on a covenant − a solemn promise to support one another in living the Christian life together for the rest of their days. They would leave virtually everything that was familiar to them. They would sell their homes and pool the money to buy several duplexes in a rundown neighborhood known for prostitution and drug dealing.

In time, other Spirit-filled Christians would join them, transforming the neighborhood. In those early days, they surrendered everything — cars, bank accounts, land — to hold things in common, just as the Christians of the first century had. They came from Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and elsewhere to join a community based on a covenant.

The community was called Alleluia.

What inspired these pioneers? The Holy Spirit? Certainly. But hundreds of thousands had experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Prayer groups, some with hundreds of members, also evolved into communities in other areas, but with various levels of success and longevity.

What was different about these people?

Commitment. Commitment to God first. Commitment to one another. Commitment to the belief that God was doing something new, and they wanted to be part of it.

That commitment has borne fruit. Today, the Alleluia Community numbers about 400 adult members, Catholic and Protestant. From the families in that relatively small body have come several ordained ministers and religious vocations. A number of other members came to the community already ordained.

The Alleluia Community School, which has students enrolled in grades K-12, graduated its first high school class in 1982. Its alumni include physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurses and others in the healing arts,  attorneys, teachers and other professionals. The school’s teachers are community members who work for roughly half what they would be paid in public schools.

Commitment. It is seen in the arts, musical and visual. Some community members are published authors and bloggers. Others contribute to devotional publications. For decades the community has provided speakers and music worship leaders for charismatic conferences large and small.

Alleluia’s young people, who represent the community’s second and even third generations, are taking up this commitment to community. At a 2014 conference in Norfolk, Va., a young man in his 30s, who grew up in community, led a workshop at the conference. Other conference speakers included Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household; longtime Pentecostal leader and author Vinson Synan; and Keith Fournier, a well-known Roman Catholic deacon and author.

Several young adults and teens from the community prayed over people for healing and miracles. “Where did you get these kids?” one conference participant asked.

Confident in the Holy Spirit’s power to use them, the youth simply prayed the way they had learned in community.

A few months later, several Alleluia teens and their adult leaders set out one summer Sunday afternoon on a “treasure hunt.” They were not seeking silver or gold, but people in need of prayer. Before going out in teams of three or four, they asked God for clues — locations, even physical descriptions — of the people they were to pray for. At a discount store, one group saw a woman who fit one of their descriptions, even to the cinnamon-flavored food in her cart. After hesitating briefly, they approached asking “Could we pray for you?” Before leaving the store, they had prayed for her and her entire family. In all 15 total strangers were blessed that day.

These youth and their adult mentors stepped out in faith. It’s that faith commitment, that call to love that motivates Alleluia members to honor God in all they do, whether a Fourth of July celebration, the Glory Run each April to support the school, the annual February birthday celebration and covenant signing — or a “treasure hunt.” God draws extraordinary things from ordinary people who are committed — Alleluia is proof.

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If you are interested in building Christian community, we in Alleluia invite you to come and see. We have learned much in more than 40 years of commitment to this movement of God, and we would love to share it with you. Visit our website at www.yeslord.com or call (800) YES LORD.

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

− Matthew 4:18-22

Scripture references are from the Holy Bible, New King James Version, © 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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