These Ministries assist the Pastor in proclaiming the gospel to believers and unbelievers, providing care for church members and other persons of the community, building and maintaining church fellowship, and providing Christian leadership to help the church attain its spiritual mission. The service ministries include:
1Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. 2And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait at tables.* 3Therefore, friends,* select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, 4while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.’ 5What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. – Acts 6:1-7
Mission: Our Mission is to provide services to our Pastor and church community that would set a spiritual atmosphere for ministry.
Ministry: Communion, Family Ministry
Servant Leader: Deacon Edison Kelly
Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion,* help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. –Philippians 4:3
1I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon* of the church at Cenchreae, 2so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well. – Romans 16:1-2
Mission: The Deaconess Ministry is to meet the needs of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of its Pastor and the Deacons by promoting the spiritual growth in the church. The Deaconess Ministry with the great expectation will help to awaken in the minds and spirits of dedicated women the desire to serve God and their church in the high calling of the deaconess. Many concepts and methods are offered within the By-Laws of the Deaconess to help develop self-discipline, self-improvement and high standards of service.
Ministry: Preparing candidates for baptism and orientation, visiting members, mentoring the American Baptist Girls, preparing the communion table and pulpit, aiding Family Ministry
Servant Leader: Deaconess Lisa Kelly
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind* in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,* and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ – Genesis 1: 26
Mission: Members of the Trustee Ministry are charged with acting as stewards for the church. At FMBC, Trustees must complete tasks such as reporting the financial state of the church to the congregation, maintaining and overseeing the upkeep and renovation of the church building, and handling other church operations.
Servant Leader: Brother Skip Cole
22 Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. 23 In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as well as the firstlings of your herd and flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. – Deuteronomy 14: 22-23
6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that* we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. – 1 Timothy 6:6-10
18And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, 19but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. 20And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ – Mark 4:18-20
Mission: At FMBC, the Finance Ministry is given the important task of teaching the congregation about the theological principles of finance. When established, these principles direct the paths of each individual and the congregation. The principles are: We are first and foremost a tithing community; We worship a living Lord who denies value and ethics, not money; We do not operate like a business, but as the counter-cultural community of Christ.
Servant Leader: Brother Joe Knighten
3Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behaviour, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, 4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited. 6Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, 8and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us. – Titus 2:3-8
Mission: The Mothers Ministry is charged with providing wisdom, comfort and encouragement for the spiritual and physical needs of the women in the body of Christ.
Ministry: Youth Mentorship
Activities & Events: Weekly Prayer Meeting, Family Ministry and Annual Mother’s Tea
Servant Leader: Mother Harriet Lewis
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