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Minister’s (Associate Minister): Leader- Pastor Lafayette Simpson, CPE. Purpose: The purpose of the Associate Ministers of Bethlehem Baptist Church is to assist the Pastor / Chief Servant Leader in the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ through encouraging believers in their walk with Christ, participate in worship and provide an avenue through which individuals may share their gift and be an integral part of the worship and mission - vision of the church. The Associate Minister will receive ministerial assignment from Senior Pastor or Executive Minister to adhere to Ministry objectives and structure. The position of one who accepts his call into “the ministry” will be that of “Minister”. Upon Ordination, the position will become “Elder”.
Deacons: Leader- Deacon Otis Reed, - Chairman Purpose: Bethlehem has elected deacons to this honorable position of a deacon because your life has exhibited the characteristics of faithfulness and loyalty both to the Lord and His church. A deacon must remember, however, that Jesus said, “The greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11).
Three passages in the New Testament are commonly cited concerning the office of deacon: Acts 6:1-7, Philippians 1:1, and 1 Timothy 3:8-12. The word of deacon in the New Testament originally described a servant who “stirred up dust while waiting on tables.” As a deacon, your major attention will be given to serving God under the leadership of the Pastor and deacon officers in the practical ministry of the church.
“Deacons are servants of the church. Only within recent years has the body of deacons been referred to as the “board.” The objection to this designation is that it may somehow imply that deacons are managers rather than ministrants. Deacons are not to give orders to the church; they are to receive instructions from the church. Deacons are not to decide for the church, they are to carry out the decisions of the church ... They should never arrogate to themselves any authority for running the church. Their greatest service to the church will usually be found in their assistance to the pastor”
Administration: Leader- Rev. Benjamin Smith (Executive Minister) Purpose: Providing innovative and efficiently runs the day to day operations of the Church, as well as overseeing the financial structure of the Church. Providing quality in adherence to a spirit of excellence to our mission and vision. Quality managers to compliance of Church infrastructure. Personnel Support: Church Secretary Financial Secretary Announcing Clerk Greeting Clerk Trustees
Youth: Leader- Sis. Carolle Walker Purpose: Bethlehem cares about youth, who are an integral part of our community and our worship. To provide a foundation for children to live a Godly and Christ-centered life through the keys areas of Evangelism, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry and Worship. The youth ministry will have a structured with spiritual activities and excursions to enrich their current and future life.
Culinary: Leader: Sis. Sharon Hopkins Purpose: To provide a professional environment quality meals and or refreshments during church events (funerals, anniversaries, special functions, etc.). The Culinary Ministry is responsible for all food service at Bethlehem Baptist Church. This Ministry has the responsibility to oversee the operation, use, cleanliness, and maintenance and its equipment.
The general duties of the Culinary Ministry is as follows:
Consult with the pastor and other church leaders and church organizations to determine the food needs of the church.
Recommend to the pastor and church applicable services to be provided.
Plan meals in accordance with good dietary procedure. Order appropriate provisions, materials, and supplies for special fellowship meals, youth ministries and outreach ministries, various church-wide functions, potluck meals, funerals and social events as requested and required.
Maintain high standards of sanitation in cleanliness of cooking utensils, dishes, glasses, silverware, food handling, preparation, service, and storage in accordance with Health Department Regulations set forth by the State of Michigan Department of Health and Saginaw County food regulations.
Maintain an up-to-date inventory of all kitchen equipment, food supplies, and physical assets.
Develop and recommend to the Finance Committee a budget for the operation of the kitchen and for the acquisition of needed equipment and supplies.
In consultation with the pastor, recommend policies and procedures related to the church's food service ministry.
Work with the custodian, hospitality chairperson, and church and community organizations on table and room arrangements for pastor/church approved meals and social functions.
Inspect the facilities following events to ensure all policies and procedures have been followed and the kitchen and fellowship rooms have been left in satisfactory conditions.
Exemplify a gracious, cooperative spirit with the pastor, God's people, and the Culinary Ministry chairperson so that everyone participating in food service activities will be spiritually enriched and grow in Christian love and unity (see Ephesians 4:11-16).
Mission: Leader: Sis. Pearline McGee Purpose: Men and Women, Making disciples means that we must “Go” and evangelize those who do not yet know Christ. Making disciples means that we must “baptize” or connect people to the local church (Bethlehem) through identifying them with Jesus Christ. Making disciples means we must “teach” those who know Christ to follow and obey him. Thus, our mission ministry exists to make disciples of all nations (beginning locally and extending globally) by evangelizing, baptizing (connecting believers to a local church) and teaching them to follow Christ.
Bethlehem seeks to accomplish our disciple making mission through Education, Emphases, and Events.
Education: Focuses Bethlehem on how to fulfill God’s mission and opportunities for mission involvement (evangelism training, mission training, mission videos, mission communications in Christian Education, CARE and more.)
Emphasis: Focuses Bethlehem on meeting felt needs. These emphases build credibility in order to share God’s message of love and redemption (local food drives, school supply drives, and any other chosen project.)
Events: Focuses Bethlehem on opportunities to get involved personally in missions (local ministry and mission projects, disaster relief projects, blood drives, church planting, and any events the ministry deem available to support in the opportunity of providing service and or partnership.)
Laymen: Leader: Deacon Taylor Webb Purpose: The purpose of the Laymen Ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church is to "equip every man and boy to become a participant in the Church as a life-style missionary." Leaders work to inform, motivate and to involve men and boys in praying, studying, enlisting, giving, ministering and witnessing in our community and our world.
1. Engage in mission activities. These activities include mission action, personal evangelism, mass evangelism, and special mission projects.
2. Teach missions. We want to first involve men in mission and then having activated their interest, move them into study.
3. Pray for and give to missions. Bethlehem Laymen must have a heart for mission and with the heart for missions that leads us to pray continually for missions.
4. Develop personal ministry. This means "to discover and implement a service to others which a person is uniquely and spiritually gifted to perform
5. Interpret and undergird the work of the church. Accomplishing this task strengthens not only the Laymen ministry, but also our Church and the various other ministries of the Church.
Safety: Leader: TBA Purpose: To provide a safe and orderly response actions to the Church property, congregation, guests. Provide annual inspections of building to make sure building is up to code in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines. Also provide a line of site to give a safe atmosphere for everyone that visit our worship facilities.
Personnel Support: Security- Serving as monitors during all scheduled services and activities ensuring all congregational members and guest have a pleasant and safe worship experience.
Media: Leader: Rev. Benjamin Smith Purpose: The purpose of the Media Ministry here at Bethlehem Baptist Church is to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our visually-driven, ever-changing world through the use of technology and media, and to equip other ministries of the church to use digital and electronic media as a worship and outreach tool. This ministry not only provides the technical support required for our worship services, but also records various events, teachings and sermons, which are made available on DVD, CD, YouTube, Periscope, Facebook and Church Website.
Mother’s: Leader: TBD Purpose: The Mother’s Ministry is an important and valuable ministry of the church that should be occupied only by mature women of God. The maturity of members of the Mother’s Ministry is demonstrated by one essential quality – love. There is no room for women to occupy membership in this ministry without maturity in love. As the name of this ministry suggests the aim of members who occupy the position of spiritual mothers seek to carry out the objectives, which are to nurture, comfort, encourage and uplift the membership of our Christian family. You must keep in mind that you do not occupy this position to be admired or respected. You occupy this position to serve. And if you serve well, you will be admired and respected.
First, a mother should be a mature Christian. Maturity has nothing to do with longevity of membership, but with character of spirit, that has been developed through one’s obedience to God’s Word. Since this position offers spiritual guidance to the congregation, only a mature woman is qualified to occupy this important position. The qualities of discipline, wisdom and an openness to all members are qualities that reveal a mature Christian.
Titus 2:3 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;.
This scripture illustrates the qualities needed in women who serve as members of the Mother’s Ministry.
· Reverent – sacred actions · Not Malicious – this is the same word used for the devil who is a false accuser of the saints of God. · Not Enslaved – held in bondage · A Teacher – instructor
Hospitality: Leader: TBD Purpose: Strives to create a warm / friendly environment throughout the Church so that every guest feels welcomed, important and informed. Providing 100% hospitality. Greeters will be vital to this ministry as they give each guest a personal welcome package for all first time visitors, and have each guest complete a guest informational form. The Hospitality ministry will also serve as the point of contact for congregational care during the time of bereavement in the event of death (Parents, Grand Parents, Children, and Siblings) providing support in bereavement card, food, etc. to the immediate family. This ministry is in support with our member services.
Maintenance: Leader: Bro. Johnnie Boggs Purpose: The Facilities Maintenance Ministry exists to glorify God and to keep our church clean and orderly at all times. To fix and maintain lights, carpets, restrooms, landscaping, etc.. To make sure we have all supplies on hand to accomplish the mission. Taking Care of God's House In our Church vision of being a Beautiful Church, We are called to be a habitation of God through His Spirit; a building or dwelling place to reveal God's glory and power [Ephesians 2:21-22]. The facilities maintenance ministry is here to keep God's house in order, operating in a clean, professional manner that glorifies Him.
Ushers: Leader: Bro. Johnnie Boogs Purpose: Effectively assist both people and ministerial personnel in worship and to better serve the congregational members and guest. The team is designed to meet, greet with an enthusiastic spirit and seat those who attend services as they enter the sanctuary.
The usher ministry is an extension of God's hand to the people as they serve as watchmen, servants, and disciplinarians of the church. The team distributes bulletins, tithe and offering envelopes and other supplies as needed.
The usher ministry also facilitates and assists in the collection of tithes and offerings during the ministry of giving.
Transportation: Leader: Rev. James Jackson Purpose: As a component to evangelism and providing congregational support to both members and potential guest. The transportation ministry is a vital source to the retention plan of membership of Bethlehem, providing dependable and safe transportation to all scheduled church services and activities.
If you have any questions or concerns about ministries and or serving opportunities at Bethlehem Baptist Church please feel free to call 989.482.7632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We Would Love to Have You Worship With Us Soon!
Pastor Lafayette Simpson, CPE.
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