Archive for November, 2009

Pathfinders

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
Ministry Description
Pathfinders are a worldwide organization of young people sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, though young people of any religious persuasion, or none at all, are welcome and encouraged to join the organization.

Pathfinders provides opportunities for adult staff to mentor and discipline young people in the Christian faith.

Pathfinders offer a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Camping & camping/survival skills
  • Grade appropriate leadership training
  • Activities promoting community pride & involvement through outreach activities such as helping in downtown soup kitchens, collecting food for the disadvantaged, cleaning & maintaining city and county parks, visiting and encouraging the elderly, and MANY more
  • Interactive training in a variety of recreational, artistic, nature, conservation, vocational, and outreach areas, with awards (honors) given for successful completion of the interactive training modules
  • Personal care and encouragement by a caring staff member! While many school classrooms have 10-30 students per teacher, Pathfinders offers AT LEAST a 1 staff member to every 5 Pathfinder ratio!

Treasurer

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
The history of church treasurers goes back at least to 457 B.C. when Ezra appointed guardians for the funds given for the work in Jerusalem. To those given the care of the Lord’s goods Ezra commanded, “Ye are holy unto the Lord; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the Lord God of your fathers” Ezra 8:28.
Jesus and His traveling band of disciples also had one designated to take charge of their funds. Jesus taught the importance of the proper management and integrity in the handling of monies.

If it was important in the days of Ezra and of Christ to have someone to take care of church funds, it is essential today.

The work of the church treasurer is sometimes not recognized as a ministry because it is done behind the scenes. Nevertheless, it is a specialized, vital ministry in which the treasurer exercises his or her spiritual gifts. The whole congregation benefits indirectly from the work of the treasurer.

Church Clerk Ministry

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
Introduction
The clerk, like every other church officer, is a ministering servant of God. Every Christian believer is called to ministry, gifted by the Holy Spirit, and in baptism ordained for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Duties of the Church Clerk
The church clerk serves as the secretary to the church board and business meetings; maintains an updated list of church membership; maintains all church records and lists of all committees and chairpersons, and regular updates of the church directory.

Please contact the church clerk for all membership inquiries

Men’s Ministry

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

A ministry to and for men, provides opportunities to address issues and needs that are uniquely male. Through planned events (seminars, weekend retreats, sports, study groups, prayer breakfasts, and more) timely topics can be explored and aired.

Some areas of interest to men include:
1. Health and fitness
2. Bible study
3. How to save time
4. Understanding your spouse
5. Financial planning
6. Finding life’s balance
7. Achieving success
8. Keeping romance alive
9. Dating and sexual purity

Deaconesses

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
The Role of a Deaconess
Deaconesses were included in the official staff of the early Christian churches. When writing to the Romans, Paul referred to one godly woman in this way. “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church… I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.” —Romans 6:1,2. * Here the word “servant” is also rendered “deaconess.”

The role of the deaconess can be described as follows:

1. Help with the poor
2. Be positive role models (in attitude in lifestyle)
3. Provide hospitality
4. Lend emotional support
5. Counsel teenagers (issues such as teen pregnancy)
6. Build relationships with new members
7. Assist with baptism of female candidates
8. Call shut-ins and sick members
9. Assist with Communion preparation
10. Visit with, and prepare food for bereaved families

Deacons

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The Role of a Deacon:

The office of deacon is described in the New Testament (1 Tim 3:8-13).  The call of the office of deacon includes more than caring for the business of the church.  Deacons are engaged in an important part of the Lord’s work.  Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and Phillip, afterward called “the evangelist” were among the first seven deacons chosen in the Christian church (Act 6:5, 6; 8:5-26; 21:8).  The appointment of the seven to take the oversight of special lines of work, proved a great blessing to the church.
Description: Deacons are the backbone of the church’s physical and emotional support. the deacon’s responsibilities are:

1. Minor repairs to the church facility
2. Coordination of all maintenance and cleaning duties
3. Assist with transportation needs
4. Assist with the collection of offerings
5. Serve on the church board (as designated)
6. Visitation of shut-in
7. Assist with Communion Service and Ordinance of Humility
8. Assist with special meals for the bereaved
9. Assist with request from the poor and homeless
10. Prepare the baptismal pool for baptism

Music Ministry

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Music Ministry Department seeks too

1. Coordinating special music for the Sabbath worship services.

2. Planning special musical events around the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter).

3. Working with the local church school to schedule children’s choirs and other musical presentations.

4. lead a inspiring praise and worship experience each sabbath.

5. Work closely with the pastoral staff to schedule music that complements sermon topics.

Women’s Ministry

Friday, November 13th, 2009

The Womens Ministry Department assists the church in meeting the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual needs of women in their various stages of life and cultural background. We seek to provide a spiritual climate for growth, encourages productivity and rewards efforts and initiatives.

Women are an influential force in the church. They cradle the future and shape the present with their attitudes and actions toward themselves, family, friends, fellow church members and neighbors. When women are ministered to, the church, their family, and the community are ministered to as well.

Women’s needs and concerns include (but are not limited to) women living balanced lifestyles, considering responsibilities within the multiple roles of home, work, husband’s work, children, church, and society; women and finances; women and self-esteem; women and decision-making; conflict resolution, and time-management.

For more information contact us at women@palaceofpeace.org

October 31st

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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