Unity without diversity would produce uniformity, and uniformity tends to produce death. Life is a balance between unity and diversity. As a human body weakens, its "systems" slow down and everything tends to become uniform. The ultimate, of course, is that the body itself turns to dust.
This helps to explain why some churches (and other Christian ministries) have weakened and died: there was not sufficient diversity to keep unity from becoming uniformity. Dr. Vance Havner has expressed it, "First there is a man, then a movement then a machine, and then a monument." Many ministries that began as a protest against "dead orthodoxy" became dead themselves; because in their desire to remain pure and doctrinal sound, they stiffed creativity and new ideas.
Each ministry is designed to edify the body of Christ.
A person’s life and character must pass certain criteria before qualifying one to serve. The Scriptures dictate the qualifications.
- The deacon must be chosen from “among you” (Acts 6:3), a lay member of the local congregation for at least 1 year.
- The deacon must be of good reputation, “of honest report” (Acts 6:3, KJV). The confidence and trust of the congregation and community are essential.
- The deacon is in a spiritual ministry, “full of the Spirit” (Acts 6:3), according to Acts 2:4, and continuing to be “filled” (Ephesians 5:18).
- The deacon is required to make decisions in practical and temporal matters as well as giving support to the pastor in spiritual matters, so sound direction and wise counsel need “wisdom” (Acts 6:3).
- The deacon must be willing to be involved in the work of God through the church; the deacon is to “serve” (Acts 6:2, KJV).
- The deacon is to be “sincere” (1 Timothy 3:8), i.e., steadfast and serious.
- The deacon is “not double-tongued” (1 Timothy 3:8, KJV), i.e., must be as good as one’s word, dependable.
- The deacon is “not indulging in much wine” (1 Timothy 3:8), but is temperate, not depending on physical stimulants.
- The deacon is “not pursuing dishonest gain” (1 Timothy 3:8), but faithful with the tithe, generous, and not motivated by money.
- The deacon is proper in doctrine, keeping “hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Timothy 3:9), fully subscribing to the tenets of faith of the Assemblies of God.
- The deacon is a mature believer, “and let these also first be proved” (1 Timothy 3:10, KJV).
- The deacon has not experienced matrimonial mix-ups, but is in a faithful, monogamous marriage (1 Timothy 3:12).
- Deacons lead their homes in Christ, “ruling their children and their own houses well” (1 Timothy 3:12).
- Spouses of deacons (or deaconesses) must be an example of the Christian life, “not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything” (1 Timothy 3:11).
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
The ushers' mission is to make every member and visitor feel welcome in the House of Prayer.
The Sanctuary Choir proclaims the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is designed to praise, glorify and magnify His Name through the ministry of singing. This ministry enriches the worship experience. It equips and educates ministry participants, for better and more effective service. It deepens the fellowship of those involved in the music ministry. The ministry witness musically through its faith in Jesus Christ as Lord before the believing and unbelieving communities. This ministry is an active, participatory, and integral part of the worship service. It is designed to assist the worshipers in centering their thoughts upon God, for those who have not surrendered themselves wholeheartedly unto the Lord; it prepares their hearts for the Holy Spirit through the Word of God to minister to them.
William Webb is the minister of music and Derrick Byrum is the percussionist.
The mission of the NJMBC Health Ministry is to glorify God and promote an improved quality of life by equipping the saints with vital, yet practical knowledge related to physical health. It is also to create an environment that provides encouragement to help each member individually meet their Christian responsibility and to honor this body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We endeavor to empower the whole-man … mind, body and spirit.
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Many homebound members have been lifelong members and served our Lord faithfully for years and they long to be with their church family. The Hospitality Ministry provides an opportunity to minister to them, love them, and give back to them as they have given to others throughout their lives.
This ministry is a blessing to the homebound members. God also continues to use them (the homebound people) to bless the volunteer caregivers. This ministry also provides an arm from the church to minister to the spiritual needs of our homebound members. It adds quality and meaning to the life of the homebound by giving love, and encouragement. It also ministers to the personal needs of the homebound members.