The b Paradigm – An Early Church Growth Model

There is no doubt that the human principal in the formation of the Early Church was Peter. However, at the very infancy of the Early Church we see key influence shifting to well-known figures like Stephen and Phillip and the Apostle Paul. But before all these players, center stage belonged to a rather covert and often unheralded character called, Joses. Joses was a major church-growth catalyst in the Early Church.

The Holy Spirit records for us that at the heart of this extraordinary church growth phenomenon was the never-before-mentioned Joses, who, because of this remarkable ecclesiastical operation, was renamed Barnabas by the very apostles. The generosity and sacrifice of Barnabas sustained the apostles and the new-found Church thus facilitating this phenomenal growth.

Interestingly, however, it is not his “exalted” persona that gained him notoriety in the Early Church. Joses was famous for something much more germane to the critical atmosphere of growth in the Church. So salient was his way of operating that the apostles, the principals of the Church, characterized Joses by it. They actually renamed this phenomenal man – Barnabas or Parakletos in the Greek – the same name as the endearing Holy Spirit that had just birthed the Church.

There were automatic growth conditions in the Early Church that resulted in graceful and bountiful growth, modeled by “a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith” – Barnabas. These growth conditions are what I call “the b Paradigm” and they can be repeated in your church today. This manual will take you through the steps to replicate the conditions so prevalent in the Early Church.

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REVEREND ZAMORE was born in the beautiful island of Dominica and resides in the U.S. Virgin Islands, both in the Caribbean. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees from the Bluewater Bible College and the Liberty University in Theology and Psychology, respectively, with minors in Greek. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.

Reverend Zamore has been in the Gospel ministry since his adolescence. He is president of the Baptist Association of the Virgin Islands and pastor of the Ebenezer Memorial Baptist Church on St. Thomas.

Reverend Zamore is also a clinician and national trainer who has provided public sector, private sector, and faith-based organization clinical technical assistance in over 21 cities in the USA and also in the Caribbean. He is bi-vocationally a government administrator committed to enhancing the quality of life for poor and disadvantaged people.

Reverend Zamore is heavily engaged in positive Christian youth development and uses his gifts as a musician, recording artist, and Black Belt Karate instructor to further their character development.

Above all, he is the husband of Michelle Zamore and father of three children, Teshelle, Lemuel, and Lennelle.