Serve ~ Worship ~ Grow ~ Give
As we look at our lives and find the many areas we feel we can improve on, nourish with, praise with and provide with, we see that there are so many things we could do to help ourselves and our communities develop into the type of people God has wished for us to become. FPC Bay Minette is a place where all can fullfill their needs to help others, help themselves and lead more fullfilling lives.
Who are the ministers?
We often think of ministers as the paid professionals, a small group of experts who run the church. God has a different idea. The dream from the beginning was that we would all be “priests” (Exodus 19: 6), that we would all be (as the Hebrew word means) servants or ministers. That’s where some great theologians came up with the idea of “the priesthood of all believers,” which simply means every member is a minister. We highly value every member using his or her gifts and talents in some kind of ministry. It may happen in the church, in the surrounding community or around the world. The gifts God gives and the way we use them to serve are unique to each one of us. The blessing comes when we actually unwrap those gifts and use them to be a blessing to the world.
Fellowship Team: To develop, organize and execute ways to foster attitudes of intentional fellowship/hospitality. To plan and promote events that promote biblical fellowship, bring unity and incorporate others into our Bay Minette community.
Worship Team: To assist and help others to become worshippers in Spirit and in Truth. This team's desire is to cultivate a passion for God's passion for worship - according to His Word - and to help others cultivate the same.
Christian Education Team: To develop, organize and implement small groups, Bible studies and Sunday School curriculum. This team's desire is also to organize and implement training for God's people to be teachers to one another.
Missions Team: This team's goal is to help encourage missionary zeal and a "wartime mentality" among the congregation that members and friends might be more mindful in praying for, communicating with, and financially supporting missionaries.
How do we serve?
There are as many ways to serve as there are people, and an endless array of gifts God gives for service. One way to discover your spiritual gifts for ministry is to take an “inventory” of them, as our leaders and new members often do. Another way is to just dive in: Ask yourself, what is one talent God has given me that could build up this community of faith? It could be anything: From greeting people on Sunday morning to caring for the church grounds, to going on a mission trip to Africa. What is your passion? What are your gifts and talents? Your pastors and staff would love to speak with you about the many opportunities to serve, and the ways in which God would like to do something new through you.
How can I participate?
The following is a list of ways to serve and to get involved. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it does offer some ways to serve that meet real needs in our community of faith. As you begin to use your gifts in ministry, we may be soon be adding your ministry to the list!
What is Worship?
Worship is declaring the “worthship” of God. It is declaring that God is worthy to be praised. Worship is something we do not just on Sunday morning, but every day of the week, in all we say and do. Sunday morning is the conclusion of a week of worship, when we gather as a community to celebrate the amazing grace of God in Christ. The author of revelation paints a beautiful picture of worship, where every creature in heaven and earth sings in full voice, “Worthy is the lamb that was slain, to receive blessing, honor, glory and might! And everyone said, ‘Amen!” (Revelation 5: 11-14) Our weekly Sunday worship service is not about us, but about God, and serving up an offering of praise and thanksgiving to the one who is worthy.
How do we worship?
Every church family has its worship style, as do we. Sunday morning service begins at 11 a.m., and we encourage participants to arrive early for a few moments of preparation. God is the audience and we are the choir, led by an ensemble of musicians and other worship leaders who help us to praise God through singing, praying, hearing and responding to God’s word. We value the leadership of the Spirit, the participation of people, and a variety of forms, including music, media, drama, dance, and the many other gifts and talents we have to bring. As an urban community we value an eclectic style of worship that offers an increasingly multi-cultural offering of praise. Our worshipping community includes people of different ages, ethnicities and economies. What unites us is Christ. So come as you are, but don’t expect to stay that way. Authentic worship of the living God has a way changing things – including us!
How can I participate?
Just show up! Sunday morning service begins at 11 a.m. and concludes by 12pm. We invite you to arrive early for a few moments of prayer and preparation.
What is discipleship?
A disciple is a follower, learner or apprentice, or someone who actually puts into practice what he or she has learned. There is a difference between believing and following. Jesus said to people who believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31). A disciple of Jesus is someone who learns and practices his words, and who actually becomes Christ-like. The reward is growth, or spiritual transformation: “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). Following the words of Jesus is walking the talk. You might even call it dancing. A word often used to describe God is the Greek perichoresis, which means to dance around – Father, Son and Holy Spirit moving, giving, receiving in a dynamic dance of love. Discipleship is joining the dance.
How do we grow?
One of the most common reasons we fail to keep news resolutions is this: We try to do it alone. When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, they followed together. From a Biblical point of view, discipleship is never a individual thing. The context in which we keep the covenant is community. It’s usually a smaller community, where we can actively know, love, encourage, support, challenge and hold one another accountable to God’s word. It’s where real life change happens, where we keep the covenant. So, we invite you to join a small discipleship group, or to create a new one, where you consistently learn scripture together with some other disciples, and watch God give the growth.
What is the tithe?
The tithe represents ten percent of our gross financial income. Why do we invest it in the ministry of the church? The tithe is based on a deep and profound Biblical truth: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). Everything belongs to our creator: Our families, our homes, our jobs, our financial resources. The amazing thing is just how much God gives to us, including the skills and talents to earn an income. And that we are only asked to invest 10% of those resources directly into God’s favorite ministry, which is the church. The tithe belongs to God (Leviticus 27:30). Tithing is simply honoring the owner – not because the owner needs our money. God wants our hearts. As Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also” (Matthew 6:21). Tithing isn’t so much a matter of money as a matter of the heart. It’s about a heart full of thanks, a joyful response to the amazing grace of God poured out on us in Christ. What God really loves is a cheerful giver! (2 Corinthians 9:7)
How do we make our tithes and offerings?
We say “tithes and offerings” because, from a Biblical point of view, the tithe is just the beginning of a life of generosity. We return the tithe to God through investing in the ministry of the church, and make offerings as well to ministries that have a place in our heart both inside and outside the church. So, every Sunday we invite one another to invest “God’s tithe and our offerings” into the ministry of the church. Most people invest either weekly or monthly. We also encourage the making of a financial pledge for the calendar year, which encourages faithful giving and helps church leaders build a realistic budget. You can find a pledge card in the Chapel or the church office. If you have any questions about tithing, pledging, or the church budget and the ministries it supports, please contact us and we'll answer any questions you may have.
You can donate online by using the QR code in the right column near the top of the website or you can use the Give Now button below the QR code. Both methods will take you to the form to fill out for various ways to give donations, tithes and even regularly scheduled donations. FPC Bay Minette thanks you for your generosity.