When I first came to Athens in October of 2008, the church here had 43 ministries. Today, we have 38. Some ministries were no longer viable and some new ministries were started. Below are some of our ministries. Most of these are traditional and some are not. I will also list their mission or purpose.
Financial Peace University
We are blessed to have a young man who is a CPA and he leads this 9 week class. This is a much needed class for church members and folks in the community, and it is well attended. Many folks are in financial crisis. However, taking this class pays for itself (more than you’d pay) and it prevents financial disaster while preventing marital issues related to money and it helps folks plan for retirement. Members and non-members attend and this class can be a vehicle in getting non-members to start attending your church services. Go to www.daveramsey.com for more information.
Mission statement: to assist families and individuals in becoming better stewards of God’s blessings. FPU provides the needed curriculum materials, the group dynamic and the learning atmosphere to assist in this process.
You may have to charge full price for the materials or the church may have to pay part of the price and/or provide scholarships to the class. It is well worth any expenses.
A large number of your church members and people in your community will be touched by loss issues this year. This ministry is designed for these folks.
Mission statement: to provide a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one.
We are blessed to have a mature Christian woman who has lost loved ones and has been instrumental in helping dozens of folks who have experienced loss. The church provides the videos and materials for the class. For more information about Grief Share, you can go to www.griefshare.org
Hearing Impaired Ministry (Deaf Ministry)
The volunteers in this ministry ‘sign’ for those who are hearing impaired in our worship services and some even teach American Sign Language (ASL) to others so they can communicate with those in and out of worship services who are hearing impaired.
Mission statement: to extend the borders of God’s kingdom to include deaf people in Athens and surrounding cities, towns and communities.
We are blessed to have two members who are deaf; one of them is a lady who helps those of us who are ‘hearing’ (who are able to hear) to understand her culture and she also helps teach ASL.
Most of our families are on a group email list and we send them emails about sicknesses, surgeries, hospitalizations, deaths, bad weather, church events, cancellation of church services, special prayer requests, and other church-related matters. This is the mission of this ministry. Many of our ministries use this group email to inform members of their events and to seek volunteers.
Time Travelers (formerly Senior Saints)
The mission or purpose of this ministry is to provide retirees with social activities, service projects and soul-winning opportunities. Our retirees are very active and they really enjoy being together. They ‘are’ the Bear Ministry (which provides small cloth bears for children for the local ER, children’s doctors and EMS). Many of our retired ladies are heavily involved in ladies’ ministries and in providing and serving food.
Our Congregational Mission Statement
Our congregational mission statement is taken from Matthew 22:37-40: “Love God & Love Man.” Our ministries exist to fulfill both loving God and loving man. For a full list of our ministries, please go the church website at www.athenschurchofchrist.org
Please write me and let me know about some of your ministries and what you would like to accomplish through them. Trav email@example.com