FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
2020-27 Online Holy Communities
1. What is the mission of the Online Holy Community?
Establish an environment to experience God’s culture of heart with learning, support and fellowship among members. The core mission is the development of CheonBo Families through education on the unique value of the Holy Marriage Blessing in this Providential Age.
Online Holy Communities operate within the Family Federation structure and provide outreach support for all Family Federation members in alignment with the CheonBo Movement. The focus is on educating guests originating from all affiliated Family Federation organizations.
1. Are Online Holy Communities independent churches?
No, they operate as online outreach groups which maintain involvement with their local Family Federation organizations. Contributions of time, money and service are to be directed through those organizations.
2. How are communities formed?
Communities are formed by a leader and a team of three others applying through an Online Holy Community Leader Application.
3. How are Online Holy Communities named?
The community name should include “Holy Community”, the leader’s last name and up to two additional words.
4. How large can an Online Holy Community be?
The maximum community size is 43 individual members within North America, with possible expansion to 43 couples in the future.
5. How are married couples and/or families included in Online Holy Communities?
Each family member is a single community member.
6. How are Online Holy Communities connected to the Family Federation?
Every community member maintains membership and interaction with the nearest Family Federation organization.
7. How do Online Holy Communities grow?
The leader of every Online Holy Community initiates community growth through inviting potential members through an Online Holy Community Member Registration form to confirm their acceptance.
When a community reaches 43 members, it can divide into “satellite” communities with new leaders who have completed the established education program and are approved by their respective Subregional Directors. Outgoing leaders should be replaced with new members.
8. Are Family Federation leaders and members automatically enrolled in the Online Holy Community program?
No, they should follow the established program application processes.
9. What are the intended activities of Online Holy Communities?
Online Holy Community activities include regular community meetups, education (three-phased program), initiatives determined by the community, and support for members to effectively invest in activities of their local Family Federation organization.
10. What are the expected results and accountabilities of the activities?
The desired result of every Online Holy Community is the creation of a principled and loving environment that enables registration of every member’s family in the CheonBo Won. Performance benchmarks are the completion of the three-phase education course and fulfillment of each step in the CheonBo registration process.
1. Who leads the Online Holy Community?
Each community has one leader who is expected to share leadership responsibilities with others within the community.
2. What are the qualifications to be an Online Holy Community Leader?
Leaders must be active Family Federation members 18 years or older who are approved through the application process.
3. How are leaders instated?
Approved Online Holy Community Leaders become members of their associated Subregional management and organizational structure.
4. How long does the leader serve?
The term of service is one year, with renewals approved by the leader’s Subregional Director.
5. Can a leader serve multiple communities?
An Online Holy Community Leader can lead only one community at a time, but can also simultaneously participate as a member in another community.
6. What are the responsibilities of an Online Holy Community leader?
The leader is responsible to manage community meetings, ongoing communication, planned activities, the education course and shared leadership roles within a loving and supportive environment.
7. Who does the leader report to?
Online Holy Community Leaders report to their local Family Federation leader based on established Subregional protocols.
8. Does the leader receive a wage or compensation for his/her service?
No, service is voluntary.
9. Can a leader lose his/her leadership position?
Leaders can lose authorization if they demonstrate behavior that violates the Online Holy Community Leader’s Pledge agreed to in the leadership application process, confirmed by the leader’s Subregional Director.
1. Who can be a member of an Online Holy Community?
Any person 18 years of age or older invited by Online Holy Community leaders and confirmed through the registration process.
2. How does Online Holy Community membership affect local Family Federation membership?
Online Holy Community membership is not a replacement for local Family Federation organization membership. It simply provides further support to develop CheonBo families. Contributions of service, finances and outreach are still directed locally.
3. Can a person belong to multiple Online Holy Communities?
He/she can belong to only one community at a time. Investment in and loyalty to one community is encouraged rather than periodic switching to new communities.
4. What are the responsibilities of an Online Holy Community member?
Online Holy Community members are expected to sincerely invest in all community activities, as well as activities of their local Family Federation organization.
5. Can a member lose his/her membership in the community?
Members can choose to leave an Online Holy Community at any time, or may lose membership eligibility due to behavior that violates the pledge agreed to in the member confirmation form, determined by the community leader.
1. Why do community leaders need to agree with the Online Community Leader’s Pledge?
The Online Holy Community Leader’s Pledge identifies standards of belief and behavior consistent with the teachings of True Parents. Adherence is essential in maintaining moral and ethical integrity of the Online Holy Community program.
1. Is training for Online Community Leaders available?
Yes, and each leader must participate in the Online Holy Community Leader Orientation in order to complete the leader application process.
2. How is the training delivered?
Training is delivered through online presentations with related leadership tools and resources.
3. Is continuous training available and expected?
Yes, through a designated program to be announced soon.
1. What is the purpose of the Online Holy Community Member Education Course?
The Online Holy Community Member Education Course provides standardized guidance and tools to help community members to fulfill the CheonBo providence for their families. The course can be translated into multiple languages.
2. What is the objective of each education step or “phase”?
Phase 1 centers on understanding the life and value of True Parents.
Phase 2 prepares members to complete the five steps of the Blessing (for couples) or to become a Single Blessing Candidate.
Phase 3 empowers members to begin Heavenly Tribal Messiahship themselves, with the opportunity to lead their own Online Holy Communities.
3. How is the education delivered?
Each phase is instructed by a qualified member of the community through online sessions, homework and practical applications. The three phases are delivered simultaneously.
4. What are the benchmarks that indicate completion of the education phases?
Phase 1 concludes with signed acceptance that Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Sr. Hak Ja Han Moon are the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind.
Phase 2 concludes with completion of the five Blessing steps (for couples) and official registration as a Single Blessing Candidate.
Phase 3 continues until members’ families complete all steps of the CheongBo Family registration process. Benchmarks are placed on completion of 3, 12, 36, 72, 120, 210, 360 and 430 horizontal Blessings. Additional benchmarks are to be placed on vertical Blessing achievements.
5. Can new Online Holy Community members begin with the education phase that best fits their Blessing foundation?
Yes. Non-Unifications will probably begin with Phase 1 whereas single Unificationists may begin at Phase 2 and Blessed Unificationists may begin at Phase 3.
6. How can members of the Online Holy Community contribute to the overall success of the educational experience? Through session interactions, members who have completed phases can encourage those engaged in prior phases in a manner like “older brothers and sisters” to create a supportive Heavenly family environment.