Membership in the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is a privilege because it has a unique calling amongst other assemblies and churches in the Body of Messiah attached to which are many promises.
As with any family, each family member has certain duties to perform which become more challenging and carry greater responsibilities the older the family member becomes. With greater responsibility also comes greater freedom and the watchcare of other family members.
NCAY is not a 'once-a-week drop-by' church. There is no Clergy-Laity divide. Once a new member has settled in and is quite sure he is going to give 100% to the Kingdom of Messiah, he at once begins preparing for priestly service and ministry in the Deaconate as a Sub-Deacon.
Coming to faith in Yah'shua (Jesus) is not unlike falling in love, getting married and sharing a glorious honeymoon together. Once the honeymoon is over the realities and responsibilities of life face the new couple and they must learn to really get to know one another. Every marriage has struggles as the partners discover each other's defects and learn to adjust and be forgiving of deficiencies of character in the other as both seek perfection in Messiah.
Many newly born Christians and Messianics make the mistake of believing that the Christian life is one never-ending honeymoon. Like the family situation, there are enormous adjustments to make. The Family of Messiah, moreover, is not your typical two parents and two siblings structure but involves many, many more people. The Family of Messiah consists of tens of thousands of saved souls. But since it is impossible for anyone to grow up intimately in such a large Family, Yahweh has created the local church, assembly or congregation. These are purposefully small (maximum 144 people in an NCAY congregation) because anything larger is simply too big to allow the kind of intimacy families need in order to flourish.
But even 144 people, you will agree, is a lot to get to know, and for this reason the local congregation is subdivided into smaller units and Cells and may only meet as a whole on the Sabbath, Festivals, New Moons and on other special occasions. To see the structure, move on to the next page....