(Reprinted from Church Leader Magazine)
FREE CHILDCARE (VALENTINES) DATE NIGHT
Offer free childcare for the community on the evening of February 14th (Valentine’s Day). Publicize to your community that your church is offering free childcare on February 14th. You will be surprised by the number of people who might take you up on your offer.
- Decide the ages and number of children you can handle
- Require reservations
- Make sure the children have a great time
- Use your best children’s workers
- Thank the families for trusting you with their children
- Invite the families to your church services
- Publicize the event throughout the community and not only to your church family
Our Ladies Ministry is working to bless families during our upcoming BurkeChangers event this summer by collecting items to be included in a hygiene ministry bag. These bags will be distributed to families in Burke County at the 4 Block Parties conducted by our students. We need your help. Consider collecting the below items over the next few months and bring them to our CRBA office so they can be distributed to Burke County families. Items to be collected include:
- Bars of Soap
- Combs or Brushes
- Shampoo and Conditioner (travel size)
- Hand Sanitizer or Wet Wipes (travel size)
- Toothpaste (travel size)
- Dental Floss
This is a great “Easy Button” mission project for any size church. Please let us know if you will be helping us with this ministry or if you have any questions.
EQUIP 2022/Spring Meeting is going to be a great event/conference where you can choose to be equipped for ministry. Please put March 15th, 2022, on your calendar and make plans to be there.
Some of the classes we will be offering in the evening include (but are not limited to):
- Helping Churches with Technology
- Starting (and Re-starting) Small Groups
- Nuts and Bolts of Deacon Ministry
- Youth Ministry 101
- The Worship Leading Choir
- Better Together (Mergers and Church Fostering)
- Help, I’m the Church Treasurer
- Developing Disciple Making Disciples
- Missions Ministry in Cincinnati
- Prayer on Purpose
- Fostering Opportunities in Burke County
Six Reasons Your Church Welcome Ministry Is More Important Than Ever
“We are the friendliest church in town.”
That sentence or something very similar is the most common statement we’ve heard in interviews we conducted with church members during consultations. Most people active in a church really do think their church is friendly. These members have relationships and interactions that give them that perceived reality.
But when we interview guests of the same churches, we hear a different story. These guests often think the members are “unfriendly” or “cliquish.” They don’t have the established relationships members have. They are not familiar with the church facilities. They don’t know what to expect.
The church welcome ministry (or whatever your church calls it) has always been important. But the ministry is more important today than it’s ever been. Look at six reasons this level of importance has risen.
1. Church members are returning to church after a long absence. The pandemic kept them away. Many have returned, but not all have. Some are easing back into church cautiously and slowly. It is critical for the welcome ministry to encourage these returning members to get back into a rhythm and habit of gathering regularly.
2. More new guests are arriving. During the quarantine, a number of new residents moved into your community. They have not had an opportunity to visit a church, but they are ready now. For some unchurched people, the angst of the COVID era has them asking questions about God, church, and faith. Some will show up at your church.
3. Context has changed. Yes, the world has changed. The local church is a microcosm of some of the contextual changes of our society. Specifically, the ways we greet people in many contexts have changed. Hugs are mostly out. Handshakes are in some places and out in others. The availability of visible sanitizers is necessary in most churches. Those who participate in the welcome ministry are aware of the best ways to greet guests.
4. First impressions are more important than ever. Because some of the guests have not been in a church for months, perhaps even a few years, the first few moments they arrive on the church property are critical. They could return repeatedly, or they could decide it’s not worth the risk and effort.
5. Few church members are naturally welcoming to guests. They naturally gravitate to people they know. They may be uncertain if a person is a guest or a member they don’t know. Leaders can exhort church members to be friendly, but the challenge for it to happen will always be there. The welcome ministry fills this void, and the void has been exacerbated during the pandemic.
6. It is biblical. While we don’t see a formal welcome ministry per se in the Bible, the importance of hospitality is clear and powerful. For example, “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13). Additionally, Paul’s qualifications for church leaders include hospitality (see 1 Timothy 3:2-3).
Your church’s welcome ministry has always been important. But it is likely it is more important than ever.
Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor.
Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
Icard’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
Mull’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Music Minister. Please send resumes and questions to email@example.com.
Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.
Southside is seeking a Church Secretary. All questions and resumes should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilkies Grove is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor. Please send resumes and questions to:
Mr. Chris Bortnick
(WGBC Pastor Church Committee, Chair)
5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd.
Hickory, NC 28602
Eddy Bunton is on the lookout for the “Experiencing God” adult student workbooks. If you have any extra, please contact him at email@example.com or call (828) 443-1047.
Blue Ridge Christian News is seeking someone to distribute their monthly paper throughout Burke County. If interested in the position, please contact Brian Barrier at 828-413-0506.
Stantonsburg FBC is seeking a pastor and is located 50 miles east of Raleigh. If interested, please send resumes to:
SFBC Pastor Search Team
PO Box 356
Stantonsburg, NC 27883
FBC Hildebrand is seeking a Pianist, Organist & Part-time Music Director for our church. This is a paid position. This will require you to be here for Sunday & Wednesday services and any special services; revival, cantata, dramas, etc. Please submit your resume to the church office by mail at PO Box 220, Hildebran NC 28637 or you can email your resume to Kendra Arrowood firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Baptist Hildebran is also prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor. First Baptist Hildebran is in the Foothills of North Carolina in the town of Hildebran. Our church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catawba Valley Baptist Association. We are seeking a Pastor that adheres to the Baptist faith and has a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent) or in pursuit of a degree with a conservative evangelical faith. To learn more about our church and see a full list of qualifications, please visit our website www.fbchildebran.com.
Resumes may be sent to:
First Baptist Hildebran
Senior Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 220
Hildebran, NC 28637 or
Glenwood Baptist Church is seeking a man of God to be our full-time pastor. If interested, please submit your resume to:
Glenwood Baptist Church
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 218
Glenwood, NC 28737
or online at email@example.com.