BABY RUTH’S SOCIETY
ONE SATURDAY A MONTH TBD / 1PM-4PM / ABF COMMONS
The Baby Ruth’s Society is a Bible study for young girls and women. Our name comes from the book of Ruth, and we aim to follow Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi and to God. We base our studies on building a biblical foundation and finding role models throughout scripture for our members.
SELECTED SATURDAYS / 12PM / ABF / AGES 5-12
Firewalkers is a group that builds up young men to be men of God who are observant, critical thinkers, and resourceful. We do this through studies to ground them in their faith and small projects that teach them basic skills in a variety of mediums.
EVERY WEDNESDAY / 6PM-830PM / DEVELOPMENT CENTER / AGES 12+
Firesmiths is a resource aimed at giving men the tools to build themselves and others into men of God. It focuses on the tent pole relationships of males, namely being Husbands and Sons, and creates a platform for easy discussion, camaraderie, and narrative about how a godly man can be improving these things. It also gives useful tools to turn these narratives into godly ones by teaching the art of how to study the Bible and properly apply it. Lastly, it provides opportunities for regular service around the church property as a narrative experience of manhood and proper stewardship within a local body. It is open to any age of men with the focus and respect necessary to have intimate discussions and self-study. It is open to respectful non-ABF members that wish to learn a Christian perspective on the subject of manhood.
MAN NITE MONTHLY
EVERY 3RD SUNDAY / 4PM-8PM / DEVELOPMENT CENTER / AGES 3+
Men being men from a godly perspective. They meet at night, and once a month to enjoy each other’s company, eat good food, and play some games or watch a show.
AGE SPECIFIC MINISTRY
EVERY SUNDAY / 9AM-1030AM / CADRE JR. ROOM / AGES 3-9
A ministry for children to learn about the Bible, their relationship with God and to be debriefed on the weekly sermons in a way that is broken down and easy to understand.
THE ABANDONED INITIATIVE
An external Ministry of ABF which aims to connect the youth culture of the greater Portland Area. This ministry has 4 basic smaller resources which it produces.
THE UPPER STORY
A podcast with guests from local PDX youth groups and their leaders that discuss topics of cultural relevance.
THE YOUNG LECTERN SERIES (TYLS)
A platform for young Christians to share their unique perspective with the greater church through and Essay and a presentation.
THE AI BURST CAST
A Monday thru Friday video update on Facebook and Instagram that encourages scripture memorization, Christian vocabulary and things to think about.
THE AI CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP
A Place for PDX’s christian youth culture to share their daily life and thoughts, be informed and support each other. The AI Closed Group is moderated by local PDX Pastors and youth workers.
EVERY THURSDAY / 7PM-10PM / ABF COMMONS / YOUNG MILLENIALS AND POST-MILLENIALS 13+
Outsiders is a youth culture resource. It features a wide age range to create an opportunity for legacy-minded growth and a strong sense of communal narrative based on activity, personal discussion, and God-centered identity.
Lighthouse is a resource for ABF members that connects those 50+ to be in covenantal relationships with each other. It seeks to establish a healthy, meaningful and viable relationship with the future church. Those in the Lighthouse ministry are advocated for in areas such as; property maintenance, transportation, social integration and medical care.
The CRC stands for Christian Resource Cooperative. It is an arm of the External Ministry department of the church that specifically focuses on providing opportunities for ABF to have a meaningful partnership with other churches that share in the same doctrine and beliefs. The CRC has multiple resources underneath it that are open to other churches in the greater PDX area. To learn more, please click on the link above.
Community living in 24/7 service to the church. Members of Haven live in a church run facility, are run by the Eldership of ABF and have a congregationally created constitution. They make themselves available to the needs of the congregation at all times.
Ember Watch is a resource which seeks to reconnect both children and adults with God’s Creation through education and experience. It runs backpacking trips, camp outs and an annual Outdoor School for Cadre.
The Developmental Cadre (or just Cadre) is ABF’s education advocacy program. It expands upon the classic model of a homeschool co-op. The church provides a space, a teacher, and tools to help parents supplement their own homeschooling efforts. The purpose is simple; to promote a culture of education within the church body that is both legacy minded and maintained by the whole congregation. Within the Cadre program, their are four branches:
YEAR ROUND / MONDAY THRU THURSDAY / 8AM-4PM / ABF / INFANT-PRESCHOOL
Cadre Tots allows parents to have help in the early years of a child’s development with simple lessons, crafts and good nutrition.
SCHOOL YEAR / TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY / 9AM-3PM / ABF / GRADE K-5
Cadre Jr. begins the process of preparing kids for Cadre Prep by introducing them to Project Based Learning along side parent provided basic curriculum. Cadre Jr. is open to grades from K-5.
SCHOOL YEAR / TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY / 9AM-3PM / ABF / GRADE 6-12
Cadre Prep is compatible with online public schooling, on a path to a diploma, as well as creating its own path of education advocacy using Project Based Learning, ending in a GED. Cadre is open to grade 6-12.
SCHOOL YEAR / TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY / 9AM-3PM / ABF / GRADE 12+
Cadre Prime is the culmination of the Cadre System. It allows for continued mentorship in education, from the greater church body, and space for self study, while at the same time providing the Prime student with the opportunity to be a mentor in the other branches of the Cadre system. Cadre Prime is open to anyone with a GED or in College.
HEARTSCRIBE BIBLE STUDY
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY / 630PM-9PM / SNOW RESIDENCE
EVERY FRIDAY / 915PM-11PM / ABF DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Bible study using physical Bibles to increase an understanding of our faith and inscribe the word of God on our hearts.
THE DANGER ROOM
FIRST SATURDAYS / 730PM / ABF COMMONS / 11+
An apologetics group where people can learn about Church History, Doctrine, review online debates and lectures from multiple worldviews and work on their own methods for defending the gospel in the modern world.
ABF has a proprietary leadership training program to raise new leadership from within the church. The goal is to create leaders who are invested in their local church bodies and will root themselves in the humble calling of shepherding. The course is trained by the current and previous Eldership and features 3 paths of education. The course culminates in 7 years. Graduation is subject to congregational approval and provides a clergy license.
ABFid (ALETHEIA BIBLE FELLOWSHIP IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT)
ABF has a volunteer crew of people dedicated to preserving the identity of the current generation of ABF for the future and accurately representing the church to the world at large. ABFid uses technology to create logos, flyers, web pages, videos and other multimedia needs. Among some of their more prolific work is Archeio, a video yearbook pieced together from the tireless dedication to branding, photographing and videoing daily life and every event of ABF. ABFid also has a department which focuses on extending multimedia services to other churches and those in the body of Christ, called ABFid Studios. If you or your church are interested in design services, please check out the ABFid Studios tab under the CRC menu.
Good Things is ABF’s donation center. Through it, ABF accepts donations of gently used items to either be repurposed, consigned for the church or sold. This helps us keep our missions operational and helps us to be good stewards of our planet. If you have a charitable donation to Good Things, please contact us at 503 852 1701.