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.
Qualifications and Responsibilities:
- 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).
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5
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.
Sunday School is extremely vital in the overall growth of the church. Some people question the importance of Sunday School, but without Sunday School, you eliminate the useful teachings of the WORD of GOD, consequently destroying the life-line of growing the church and ministries. Resource “All Star Sunday School Training”.
Education in Christian doctrine is important and vital to the church. This ministry helps with finding sound teaching materials to aid this ministry from Sunday School, to VBS and other teaching materials for the spiritual growth of every believer.
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 Binder is the percussionist.
The three C's are important in this ministry: commit, connect and change. This ministry exists to reach youth by showing GOD’s unconditional love revealed through Jesus Christ. Therefore, we challenge our youth to commit to the cause, connect to God and change their community. Youth JAM is an awesome thing they do on Monday nights. JAM (Jesus And Me). Join them!!!
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.