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Shannon Baptist Church
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Shannon, Illinois 61078
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written by Pastor David Wood

Church Membership Studies

Lesson One: What we believe
Lesson Two: Who we are
Lesson Three: What is expected of the church member

Lesson One: What we believe
Shannon Baptist Church
Philosophy of Ministry

I. FOUNDATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
Foundational Philosophy Why do we do what we do?


A. GOD IS! THERE IS A GOD.
Everyone lives under one of two presuppositions. Either you believe that there is a God, or you operate with a philosophy that says there is not a God. The evidences that there is a God abound, yet God nowhere proves His existence. God leaves us with the responsibility to exercise faith.

To believe that there is not a God seems rather foolish. In order to prove that there is not a God one would have to be everywhere at all times with all knowledge of all events of all time. In other words, to prove that there is not a God, one would have to be God.

B. GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO MAN

Read Hebrews 1:1,2 and II Timothy 3:16. What do those two passages teach you about God?

In a recent U.S. News and World Report interview, Carl Sagan reveals his bias about the Bible. He says,
"If, as fundamentalists do, you take the Bible as the literal word of God . . . you run into deep trouble because the Bible is demonstrably wrong in areas of science."(1)

Sagan starts with a presupposition that there is no God and that the Bible is not the Word of God, then without any proof concludes that it is certainly "demonstrably wrong in areas of science. However, the Bible is NOT demonstrably wrong in areas of science. In fact, it repeatedly demonstrates its accuracy in scientific matters.(2)

The Bible is God's way of revealing Himself to us! Henry Blackaby, author of the Experiencing God Bible studies, states God's activity of revealing Himself to believers today:


The Bible describes God's complete revelation of Himself to humanity. It is a record of God's dealings with humanity and His words to them. God speaks to you through the Bible. Have you ever been reading the Bible when suddenly you are gripped by a fresh new understanding of the passage? That was God speaking! A person cannot understand spiritual truth unless the Spirit of God reveals it. In fact the Holy Spirit is The Spirit of truth (John 14:17). When you come to understand the spiritual meaning and application of a Scripture passage, God's Spirit has been at work. This does not lead you to an encounter with God. That is the encounter with God. When God speaks to you through the Bible, He is relating to you in a personal and real way. (3)

The Bible is God's Word to you. The Holy Spirit honors and uses God's Word in speaking to you. The Scriptures will be your source of authority for faith and practice. You cannot depend on human traditions, your experience, or the experience of others to be accurate authorities on God's will and ways. Experience and tradition must always be examined against the teaching of Scripture.(4)


When you see God as He really is . . . you'll see that
C. GOD DESERVES ALL GLORY

God's Glory----Light [doxa]
Holy Love


God's holiness matched with His love explain why Jesus came. The penalty His holiness demanded was paid and the pardon his love desired was purchased.

II. FUNCTIONAL PURPOSE--Glorify God! I Corinthians 10:31
The goal is that Christians in our church glorify God. Is what we do really
glorifying God?

What our world often sees are devoted, committed Christians serving God. But they are not seeing God. They comment, "Well, there's a wonderful, dedicated, committed group in terms of the activity of God. Why? Because, we are not attempting anything that only God can do. Let the world see God at work and He will attract people to Himself. Let Christ be lifted up--not in words, but in life. Let them see the difference [emphasis mine] that a living Christ makes in a life, a family, or a church; that will make a difference in how they respond. When the world sees things happening through God's people that cannot be explained except thof people serving God." They, however, do not see anything happening that can only be explainedat God Himself has done them, then the world will be drawn to the God they see.(5)

Read Matthew 5:16.

Foundational Philosophy | Why do we do what we do? | To Glorify God!
Functional Purpose | What are we trying to do? | To Glorify God!


God must be glorified in the PRODUCT of ministry.

Devoted Disciples | Disciplined Disciples | Discerning Disciples
The Product in Ministry That Glorifies God

God's New Testament way of ministry that glorifies God is in accomplishing discipleship! James Means admonishes pastors to emphasize discipleship:

Effective pastors orient their churches to penetrate their community and world with the gospel, but they obsessively concern themselves with discipling their members and equipping them for the work of the ministry!(6)

Too often the product and process of ministry become manipulations produced by man's devices. Question: Who then receives the credit? Who receives the glory?

What is discipleship? How can we know if we are accomplishing discipleship? The answer to both of those questions comes in a study of the ministry of Jesus. Jesus produced a product in His 12 disciples; that product was incredible! Only God could do it! Those disciples were characterized by three qualities:

1. Devotion: John 13:35; Matt 22:37-39
Most of the early disciples were ordinary people who had uncommon devotion and commitment.

2. Discipline: John 14:21; Luke 14:27; I John 3:24

It is by willing, prayerful, and persistent obedience to the requirements of the Scriptures that godly patterns are developed and come to be a part of us.

3. Discernment: John 16:13
Christ taught in parables. He introduced a whole new way of thinking. Read I Corinthians 2:14. Discernment is learning to look at life's situations from God's perspective. His ways are far above our ways.

If the product of ministry needs to glorify God, then the means of accomplishing that product must also glorify God.

God must be glorified in the PROCESS of ministry.

Worship Witness Way of Living
The Process of Ministry That Glorifies God


In the Great Commission, three aspects of the process of ministry are revealed -- Worship, Witness, Way of Living
Worship

Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose – and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.(7)

Contrast Temple's viewpoint of worship compared to the modern day interpretation of worship– feelings of ecstasy. True worship occurs when the objective truth of Scripture directs the subjective heart.

Witness

It can be said that the average fundamental church . . .

Is packed with people who have been trained in a contorted manner. They have been taught how to study the Bible, how to pray, how to have good fellowship, but evangelism is left out. Those cases will result in people who in Bible study have become academic, their prayer life boring, their fellowship superficial – all because they neglected the catalyst for the first three, namely personal evangelism.(8)

Take up the challenge of attending the next Five Truths Seminar offered by
our church.

Way of Living


Way of Living
Scriptural | Servant | Separated


Our way of living must be Scriptural.

Constantly ask yourself, "What does the Bible say about this." There must be a Bible reason for every action or reaction. To answer your question of "What does the Bible say" demands that you study your Bible. The Bible does not specifically address every issue you will face. However, there are principles, or truths that apply, that fit every issue you may face.

The task of the authentic fundamentalist is to take the eternal principles of Scripture and apply them to the real-life situations of his culture and times, allowing these
principles to dictate the forms and structures . . . rules and guidelines by which he lives out his life.(9)

Our way of living must be service-oriented.
Learn to serve. Jesus said in Matthew 23:11, "He that is greatest among you shall be your servant." Repeatedly in Christ's ministry He tried to change the focus in his disciples from success to service.

List several ways you can serve your church family?


Our way of living will be separated.

Separation from worldliness, both personal and ecclesiastical, is a Biblical doctrine. The proper analysis and principled application of Scripture will result in a separated (i.e., different) lifestyle.

The idea of separation is central throughout Scripture. God chose the children of Israel to be a nation "set apart" from the surrounding paganism. When Israelites assimilated into the pagan culture instead of separating themselves, they were judged by God for their spiritual adultery. A good God gives principles of separation so that His people can maneuver through this fallen world . . . (10)

The church at Corinth was called to be "set apart." Yet, they as a church regularly conformed to the society in which they lived. Their problems as a church developed in the areas where they refused to be separated. They were not separated from the world in lifestyles, from false teachers, nor from disobedient brethren.

Biblical separation in the believer and in a ministry has its basis in love for the Lord and in a respect for His holiness. When one practices separation from sin and has as his motive love for a Holy God, that separation from sin cannot be defined as legalism. It must also be said that if a man or ministry pridefully exalts his separated position, that approach to separation may very well become legalistic.(11)

Study Questions from Lesson One

1. Since there is a God, and that God has revealed Himself to us through His Word, what does He deserve?

2. What does Glory mean?

3. What are two manifestations of God's glory?


4. In what two ways must God be glorified in our ministry?

5. The product glorifies God in those that have what three qualities?

6. What three elements of ministry are important to glorify God?

Lesson #2 Who we are
Church History Summary
Shannon Baptist Church

On January 9, 1962 five families met to consider the possibility of establishing a new church.

It is our goal and purpose to have a church established according to God's will where believers and nonbelieiver can come unashamedly and without fear of man's criticisms and animosities to hear and learn of God's Word and to be led to the throne of Grace. We pray that God will bless our efforts and may we be wholly in His will.

February 25, 1962 – First baptisms: Walt and Fran Ditsworth.

After meeting for several months in preparation, the founding members met on May 3, 1962 for the purpose of making official the organization of Berean Baptist Chapel.

Charter Members: Walt and Fran Ditsworth, Rev. Lyndon and Nancy Hebner, Sam and Mabel Korf, Ed and Ione Ostergard, Bill and Jan Stees

After meeting in the Sam Korf home for nine months we were finally led by the Lord to a place of our own. That place was the vacant apartment above the Post Office in Shannon. Several of the members spent many nights working long hours to redecorate the building . . .

August 6, 1964 – "Walt Ditsworth stated that he was bothered by our not using the church money to further the gospel. A discussion period followed. Bill Stees moved that we set 10 percent of the offerings aside for a mission fund. Ione Ostergard seconded the motion and it was accepted by the church." The missions ministry since then has grown consistently to an annual budget more than $25,000.

In December 1965 Pastor Melvin Seger came on faith as full time pastor. Because of the growth during those years, the basement of the Post Office was also used for some time. In May 1966 the church purchased the present church property for $2700. On Resurrection Sunday, 1968 the building at the corner of Badger and Broad streets was begun. The church family worked hard in the following years to develop the church facility.

On March 19, 1970 the church called Tom Bratton as pastor. He served until 1972. Steve Lewis came as pastor in April 1972. Steve Lewis lovingly drew the church together during his two-year pastorate.

In April,1974 Pastor David Stertzbach came. God used his ministry in a great way. In September 1977 the church stepped out into an aggressive $200,000 building project which included much needed Sunday School classrooms, offices, bathrooms, and air conditioning.

In August 1982 the name of the church was changed to Shannon Baptist Church.

Pastor Stertzbach served as pastor for 14 years with strong leadership, an effective youth ministry, a unique V.B.S. outreach, and an aggressive bus ministry. The church grew consistently to a Sunday morning attendance averaging 170 to 180.

In 1988 Pastor Jim Welch came as pastor for 18 months. He did a great job, really warming to the entire community; yet, he felt called to take another pastorate in New Mexico of a church that earnestly desired him to come.

In 1990 the church called Pastor David Wood. Pastor Wood married a young lady who had grown up in the church, Lori Stees. The Lord has blessed abundantly. In the 1990's the church continued to grow, many facility improvements were made, and new ministries established. During that time the Lord called one of the young men in the church to preach, Kregg Farmer. Kregg served as a part-time youth pastor for a number of years. In 1996 the church called Pastor Kregg as full-time youth pastor. In November of 1996 the Lord moved in an unusual way to encourage another Baptist church in the area and to reestablish a fundamental work in Milledgeville, Illinois. After much soul searching and seeking of the Lord's will, both Pastor Wood and Pastor Farmer felt that God was calling Pastor Farmer to pastor at Community Baptist Church in Milledgeville. Several families from Shannon Baptist joined him in that work, and the church there is now thriving. To God be the glory.

Pastor Tim Lehman came to Shannon in May 1997 to serve as the full time assistant pastor concentrating in youth ministries. Also, in September of 1997 the Lord led the leadership of the church to establish an AWANA ministry for children. Both the youth ministry and the AWANA ministries continue to be used of God in a great way.

Acts 4:31
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Acts 4:33
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Church Constitution and Policies:
A copy of the Church Constitution is available in the church lobby. Please study the constitution carefully. Study the doctrinal positions as well as the church polity. You will want to read the policies established on various issues such as weddings, music in the church, missionaries supported, infectious disease prevention, and abuse prevention.

Read the church covenant Article II. What strikes you as being particularly important in that covenant?

Our church polity is patterned after a congregational mode of polity.
Congregational polity does not mean:
–every man may have his say
–every person's view is equally valid
–the majority rules.

Congregational polity does mean:
–a group of people seeking spiritual unanimity by determining the mind of the Spirit.

The Spirit of God:
–will speak with one voice to all who are willing to hear.
–will reveal His mind though the Scripture and Godly leadership.

A business meeting, then, is not:
–a debate
–a place for attempting to direct the people in opposition to either the Scripture or the leadership.
–a place where it is necessary to always state personal viewpoints.

A business meeting is:
–the opportunity for the leadership to present their sense of God's direction.
–the opportunity for people to 1) request information 2) make sure Scripture is not violated 3) make sure all facts have been considered and 4) unite in the Lord behind the leadership.(12)


Church Position
Shannon Baptist Church is an independent fundamental Baptist church. To understand the positions this church takes, several key terms need to be defined.

Church:
A church is not a building, nor is it an organization. A church is a living group of people working together to fulfill a common purpose– the glory of God.

Baptist:
As a church designated "Baptist", we do not claim to have a corner on the market of God's will or God's blessing. Rather, the distinction as a "Baptist" identifies us with certain truths.

As Baptists we hold to:
–We hold to the Authority of the Bible, our sole rule for faith and practice.

– Church Members should already be saved and baptized.

– Believers should be baptized by immersion to be identified with Christ.

– We hold to two ordinances. 1) Baptism by immersion in water which is done in obedience to Christ's command. It identifies the believer as one of Christ's committed ones! 2) Communion, the Lord's Supper is done in remembrance of Christ's death.

– We believe in the persevering of the saints. God keeps those who are truly His.

– We believe in the Priesthood of the believer. The believer has direct access to God in prayer and has a great responsibility to represent his Lord well.

– We believe in the Separation of Church and State. The church must answer directly to God as its ultimate authority.

– We believe in the principle of sole liberty. Each believer is individually responsible to God.

– We understand that the local church is self governing. Each local church must seek the will of God under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.


Independent:
As we have noted, one of the distinguishing marks of a Baptist Church is local church autonomy. As an independent Baptist church we do not have a denominational hierarchy directing the ministry. The church has a responsibility to answer directly to God.
Many Baptist groups function much as a denomination, i.e., conventions such as the Southern Baptist. Others have associations that are quite tightly knit such as the Conservative Baptist Association.

By saying we are independent we do not mean to imply that we do not have fellowship with other churches. Other churches with sound doctrine and similar practice do unite together for fellowship. Two such fellowships are the Victory Association and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship.


Study Questions for Lesson Two
1. How old is Shannon Baptist Church?


2. What are several distinguishing marks of a Baptist?

 

3. What does Congregational Polity emphasize?

Lesson Three

What is expected of you?
You, as a church member at Shannon Baptist, are part of a church family. As a family member, there are certain expectations of you:

Expectation Number One
Prayer

"The family that prayer together stays together."

"Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians." Charles H. Spurgeon

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication . . . (Acts 1:14 ).

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).

Your pastor needs your prayers:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:18,19).


Your missionaries need your prayers:
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak (Colossians 4:3,4).

Your church family needs your prayers:
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching
anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:19,20).

The obvious context of Matthew 18:19 and 20 is that of praying for a church family member who has gone astray. However, the context broadens with the words anything to include everything. The key element for power in prayer in our church is that we agree.

List several things that often get in the way of believers being able to agree in prayer:

1.

2.

3.

What does praying in "His name" mean? (John 14:13)

Look up the following verses and write out the prayer promise God gives you concerning prayer.

John 14:13,14

Mark 11:24


John 15:7


Jeremiah 33:3


I John 5:14,15


What will hinder your prayers?

Psalm 66:18


Mark 11:25,26


I Peter 3:7


Proverbs 28:9


James 4:3

Expectation Number Two

Faithful Participation

Faithful participation in ministry means you make a commitment to faithfully attend!

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
(Hebrews 10:25).

Faithful participation means that you participate in ministry.
If you are a Christian, God has a plan to use you in one of two ways in ministry.

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 4:10,11).

1. Gifts of speaking

2. Gifts of serving

The main point of this verse is that you serve one another . . . so that God may be glorified.

If you are a church member at Shannon Baptist Church, in order for you to glorify God, there needs to be a means of ministry either in speaking or serving. Please examine the "Ministry Assessment Survey" provided at the end of this lesson. Prayerfully consider what areas God has given you abilities in and what areas you are excited to serve in. Please return that list with your responses in the church offering plate on Sunday morning.

Faithful participation means that you participate in witness.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples
(John 15:8).

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

List several ways you can participate in witness:

1.

2.

3.


Expectation Number Three
Stewardship
Every Christian must be a steward of his life (Romans 12:3-8), his talents (Matthew 25:14-30, his time (Ephesians 5:16) and of his possessions (Proverbs 3:9). Frequently, the hardest area for a believer to commit to the Lord is that of his possessions. When a Christian commits to the Lord to give, the stewardship of his life, talent, and his time is natural. You will find a great blessing and a great measure of spiritual growth when you decide to tithe and give.

The pastoral staff at Shannon Baptist has no idea who gives funds or what amounts are given. However, many have testified that when they did begin to tithe and give, their view of the church changed. They moved from being a "renter" at church to being a participative "owner." Someone has said, "You only get from a church what you put into your church." David understood that principle as well.
Psalm 50:14,15 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Briefly state what you learn from each of the following verses:

Leviticus 27:30

Malachi 3:8,10

I Corinthians 9:13,14

II Corinthians 9:7

Consider the following statement from Dr. Ed Nelson, long time pastor and evangelist, regarding the starting point each believer ought to have regarding giving:

The tithe is the first 10 percent of one's income. It is not just 10 percent–but rather the first 10 percent (Proverbs 3:9). One who pays all bills and then presents to the Lord the 10 percent that is left over would not actually be tithing. To tithe is to recognize that the first 10 percent is God's and present that to Him. To tithe, therefore, is to present to God His 10 percent before we use any of our income . What is the practical application of this truth? For the working individual who draws a salary check, to tithe would be to present to the Lord 10 percent of his gross income. Suppose a man makes $300 per week, gross income. And he has $230 a week "take home pay." His tithe should be figured on his gross income before his withholding tax, credit union payment, etc. are deducted. Therefore, his tithe would be $30 instead of $23. For the person engaged in business, he would be required to tithe only the profit from the business. He would not need to figure 10 percent of the gross income in order to be tithing.

Often people say they just cannot afford to tithe or give beyond the tithe. Giving is a matter of faith and obedience to God. You cannot afford not to obey God's truth and prompting! Let us challenge you to search the scriptures, learn to budget, and watch what obedience to God can do!

Consider these testimonies of church members regarding financial stewardship:

From a founding member, in our church for more than 35 years:

We have observed over the years that every time we felt moved of God to give, God always supplied. We just needed to step out by faith and obey God. Repeatedly, throughout our church history, we came to points in the ministry that we felt God would have us expand an area of the work. That vision always costs money. The money was never there ahead of time. However, each time and every time we stepped out by faith in faithful stewardship God always supplied. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think!

From a man who was saved as a result of his children coming on the church bus:

When our kids went to a Christian college we had no way of paying the school bills, yet God miraculously supplied. God has provided very well and has been ever since we made the decision to obey Him. Ten years ago my wife and I made the decision to tithe. That year my business did $250,000 worth of business. This year the business did ten times as much business -- $2,500,000. Psalm 50:14,15 says, Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

A young husband and father said this:

One Sunday my wife and I both felt impressed of the Lord that we should begin to obey God about tithing. After work the next day I sat down with our financial materials to figure out a way to do it. The money just was not there. We had accumulated debt on our credit card that had to be paid. We were anticipating several other expenses. Yet, my wife and I both felt that we needed to trust God and obey and at least give 10 percent.
I went to work the next day. My bosses informed me that they had evaluated the pay scales of all the employees compared to what other companies paid. They found that my position was under paid. Guess what? They gave me a ten percent raise.

Expectation Number Four
A Good Testimony
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1).
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters (1 Peter 4:14,15).
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20).
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

What spiritual truths can you glean from all of these verses?

What people think about you is what they will think about your church. Ultimately, your church reputation reflects upon God's reputation. As the adage goes, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link," so it can be said, "A church's reputation is only as strong as the worst reputation of an individual in that church."

Give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully (1 Tim 5:14).

List several areas in which you believe a good reputation is necessary:

1.

2.

3.

4. Ministry Assessment Survey

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ." I Peter 4:10,11

"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal . . .
"But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will." I Corinthians 12:7,11

Nothing in life is as great as to be used of God! The greatest pleasure a believer can find comes when he is doing the will of God! The challenge then is in finding out how God wants to use you.

We at Shannon Baptist Church believe that every member of the body of Christ in this local church has a job to do. Each one should be in the will of God empowered by the Holy Spirit to edify the church.

How to learn of your spiritual gift:

1. Be genuinely born again (John 3:3).

2. Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit filled living comes to the believer when he continuously daily places himself under the control of the Holy Spirit. You can make several practical applications on a daily basis to insure that you are under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Regular Bible reading
Quickly confess sin
Memorize Scripture
Attend church regularly
Pray without ceasing
Fellowship with the saints
Be willing to adjust to God's leading

3. Ask God to show you what He wants to do through you in your local church assembly. Begin looking for opportunities to serve Him. Step out by faith to obey God in that area of service.

4. Prayerfully fill out the material in this survey. Circle the areas of ministry God lays upon your heart. Please return the completed survey to the church office.

Name:
Phone Number:
Date:

Please check the areas in which you sense God may want to use you:

Speaking Ministries Serving Ministries
Adult class teacher
Children's class teacher
Bible study leader
V.B.S. teacher
V.B.S. helper
Children's home Bible club leader
Youth teacher
Youth leader
Awana leader
Awana helper
Preaching when pastor is gone
Drama/Acting/Skits
Visitation teams
Evangelism teams
Greeter
Choir
Special music
Ladies ensemble
Men's ensemble
Youth ensemble
Youth ensemble leader
Nursing Home service
Musician
Speaker
Helper
Bus captain
Other
Prayer warrior
Bus driver
V.B.S. bus driver
Mechanic
Computer technician
Bookkeeping/Accounting
Custodial helps
Sound system technician
Librarian
Building maintenance
Usher
Grounds
Mowing
Snow removal
Shoveling
Landscaping
Office Help
Receptionist
Computer–data base
Newsletter
Reader
Filer
Visiting shut-ins
Transport handicapped
Sign display changer Hospitality
Visitors desserts
Meals for the sick
Meals for the grieving
Fellowship coordinator
Banquet coordinator
Sunday School class care giver
Sunday School hospitality
Flowers
For church services
For grieving (ordering)
Bus cookies
Coordinator
Supplier (once a year)
Nursery
Coordinator
Helper
Sunday School class secretary
Missions
Closet supply
Correspondence
Music
Accompanist
Special music scheduler
Sacred Music/C.D. promoter

Other

Please complete this form and return it to the church office.

(1) Stephen Budiansky, "Keeper of the Flame," U.S. News and World Report 120 No. 11 (18 March 1996): 78.
(2) For further discussion see materials produced by the Creation Research Institute and/or Answers in Genesis.
(3) Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, Experiencing God, (Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1994), 103.
(4) Ibid, 4.
(5) Blackaby, 140.
(6) James E. Means, Effective Pastors for a New Century, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993), 15.
(7) William Temple, Readings in Saint John's Gospel (London: Macmillan, 1939), 68.
(8) Bill Hull, The Disciplemaking Pastor (Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell, 1988), 70.
(9) Douglas R. McLachlan, Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism (Independence, MS: American Association of Christian Schools, 1993.) 11.
(10) Douglas R. Groothuis, Confronting the New Age (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1988) 49.
(11) Refer to Pastor Wood's pamphlet series, "What the Bible Says About Separation."
(12) Material adapted from Dr. Mark Minnick, Pastor at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville, SC.
(13) John F. MacArthur, Jr. Ashamed of the Gospel, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1993), 105.
(14) Ed Nelson, Growing In Grace (Denver, CO: The Mile-Hi Evangelist Press, 1986), 49.
(15) Several good financial planning materials are available from the church library. The church also conducts financial planning seminars from time to time.


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