Opportunities for Growth
A weekly worship service can provide the beginnings of a spiritual journey with Christ. We also believe the key to open ourselves up for growth is by serving. God has given each of us time, gifts, talents and resources to be used to expand His kingdom. Look at the ministry opportunities below to serve within our church community that will take us beyond these walls.
In addition to attending a worship service, life group and serving, we believe each of us is responsible for cultivating and growing our relationship with Christ. Bible Study, Baptist Training Union, Sunday School and Children’s Church are just some of our resources to help us in that journey.
Abiding Faith Evangelistic Action Team
Christian Challengers' Ministry
Expression of our Love Ministry
Share Group Ministry
Sick & Shut-In Ministry
Ushers & Greeter's Ministry
Women of Faith Ministry
Young at Heart Ministry
Ministry Sign-Up Form
Care Partners Committee
Food Service Committee
Pastoral Care Committee
Red Carpet Committee
Sunday School Curriculum Committee
God's Precious Gems
Mimes of the Messiah
Puppets for Christ
Young Men for Christ
Youth Bible Study
Youth Ushers and Greeters
Joyful Voices of Praise
AFEAT Outreach Ministry
The Abiding Faith Evangelistic Team (AFEAT) is an outreach and evangelistic ministry which goes out into the community to reach and minister to lost souls sharing “The Gospel Message of Love,” for Christ. The ministries included for Kingdom building purposes are: The Elderly, The Homeless, Community Service, The Christian Challengers, Door to Door Survey Team, assisting the Women of Faith Ministry with Angel Tree (Christmas Project), The Transportation Ministry, and the Sick-and-Shut-In Ministry. For additional information please contact: AFEAT@Abidingfaithbc.org
The Audio/Visual Ministry presents to the Church body a state-of-the-art communication technology to enhance the worship experience in magnifying the Lord. It is designed to record and make available for purchase, CDs and DVDs of all Sunday services, annual days and various other Church functions.
The Brotherhood Ministry unites all brothers in serving God. We are servants of God and the Church that pray and help one another through bearing each other’s burdens in love. Our mission is to help build the body of Christ in the unity of Spirit, and truth in the Lord. We invite and ask your help in serving our community. We meet every third Saturday of the month –10:00 a.m. in the MPB. Unofficial members are welcome to attend Brotherhood meetings and activities. For additional information please contact: Brotherhood@Abidingfaithbc.org.
Christian Challengers' Ministry
Mentally challenged adults in a church ministry present unique and blessed opportunities. Christians have a responsibility to reach this group of God’s special people. With a very special love, compassion and care, special teachers at Abiding Faith minister to adult members who have a variety of special needs. The Christian Challenger’s Sunday School class provides learning experiences through small group learning activities that teach the simple truths of the gospel message.
As servant- leaders, Deacons assist in carrying out the five (5) purposes of the Church and the vision of the Pastor. To this end, Deacons assist the Pastor and the congregation in promoting the Great Commission and providing an atmosphere of unity and love. This group, through assigned Share Groups, provide support, resources, and fellowship to the members of our Church family. Families are encouraged in times of joy and sorrow as they seek God's healing power and grace through prayer, presence, counsel and tangible acts of service. They are commissioned to study God's Word, to spend time with God in prayer daily. This equips them to serve and to participate in Church outreach. As servant- leaders, they serve with the attitude of Christ – for the glory of God.
The Deaconess Ministry seeks by the strength of the Holy Spirit to assist the Pastor and Deacons in meeting the needs of the Abiding Faith family of God. The Deaconess Ministry prays for the sick, shut-in, and those in need. In partnership with the Pastor and Deacons, they provide assistance to the congregation as needed. They also assist with the baptismal process and oversee the preparation of Holy Communion. The Deaconesses, likewise, participate in the Church’s outreach and evangelistic programs.
The Drama Ministry broadcasts the Word of God through theatrical performances to declare, illustrate and clarify biblical experiences. Through dramatic presentations, they plant seeds to help build disciples, to inspire, to encourage and transform the lives of God’s people.
Expression of our Love Ministry
The Expression of our Love Ministry ministers to those who are emotionally and/or physically suffering. This group prays for and contacts our bereaved and ill members through calls, cards, and visits. The Sick-and-Shut-in are also given support by receiving communion and communication through calls and cards. Our members also minister to the needs of our community by visiting the elderly.
The purpose of the Marketing Ministry is to formulate a marketing plan that will equip Abiding Faith to further advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory of God. To this end, the Team acts as a servicing tool for our Church and its ministries through the use of marketing/advertising techniques that connect Abiding Faith to the people God has called at Abiding Faith to reach for Jesus Christ—both the saved and the unsaved. Using literature, human resources, technology, Internet, Social Media, and other available resource that serve as an effective marketing and outreach tools, to spread the Word of God, and make Abiding Faith known, far beyond the walls, into the community, and all areas that God has ordained us to reach.
The mission of the Marriage Ministry is to provide resources that will enrich marriages. This ministry focuses on strengthening and reviving marriages through seminars, retreats, fellowship, and the study of God's Word. All activities are based upon the Word of God. The ministry encourages members to participate in the Church's outreach programs. Marriage@Abidingfaithbc.org
The Photography Ministry photographs and chronicles events that take place at Abiding Faith. The mission is to create a memorial that will enable others to experience the excitement and the presence and power of God through the art of photography.
The Photography Ministry is composed of members who share the passion of taking pictures. This ministry captures the life of the church in pictures so that we can “relive” them for many years to come.
The purposes of the Prayer Ministry are to pray for our church family; and to provide means for a powerful life that keeps our family focused on God, His grace and His sovereignty, and to maintain an intimate relationship with Him. Prayer@Abidingfaithbc.org
The Security Ministry of Abiding Faith provides protection for the church. Not only does the ministry ensure the safety of everyone and church properties for a safe worship experience, but also ensures the safety of the grounds and assists with the parking lot as needed.
The primary purpose of the Church Security Ministry is to maintain a peaceful, safe environment conducive to teaching, learning, working, and sharing in the Word of our Lord and Savior. Through its dedicated members, the ministry actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of the church family to decrease the opportunity for crime and to facilitate maximum crime prevention by following basic rules and guidelines.
Sick and Shut-In Ministry
The Sick and Shut-in Ministry ministers to those who are unable to attend Church services. This Ministry, not unlike the Expressions of Love Ministry, provides care and concern from the Church family through encouragement from the Word of God, songs, intercessory prayer, and Holy Communion, as appropriate. Visits are, as possible and feasible, made monthly to individuals’ homes, and nursing homes.
The AFBC Transportation Ministry, under the umbrella of the AFEAT Ministries, provides safe and reliable transportation service to members of the Church. AFEAT@Abidingfaithbc.org.
Ushers and Greeters Ministry
The Ushers and Greeters Ministry provides a warm atmosphere of friendliness and acceptance for all who enter our doors. This group communicates God’s love for all through a sincere, joyful spirit of welcome. They facilitate, in a Christ-like manner, the worship services, activities of the church, and help to fulfill requests of our Pastor. They support the church’s evangelistic goals by regularly participating in outreach and evangelistic efforts. Ushers@Abidingfaithbc.org
Web Team Ministry
The Web Team uses internet tools to enhance and expand our Church’s ministry. Our aim is for our website to be seeker-sensitive and one that will attract and create an interest that motivates seekers to visit our Church and become involved in the ministries at Abiding Faith Baptist Church.
Women of Faith Auxillary
The Women of Faith Auxiliary seeks to encourage, challenge, and equip women to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This mission is achieved through life transforming Bible studies, prayer partnerships, fellowships, workshops, seminars and conferences. The Auxiliary supports the Church's outreach by participating in evangelistic outings and ministering to the needs of the community. Women@abidingfaithbc.org
Young at Heart Ministry
The Young at Heart Ministry believes that spiritual renewal, well-being and activity are essential to the quality of life. Spiritual guidance, worship, Bible study, support and prayer are experienced by senior adults who desire to remain active, grow, and be productive through Bible study groups, field trips and outreach. Our ministry reaches out to the sick and shut-in members and the community. YAH@Abidingfaithbc.org
Care Partners are to aid new members through the completion of their orientation sessions, assisting them in any way necessary, keeping in touch and encouraging them to work in some area of the Church. This committee is also responsible for contacting members who have been absent from Church services for an extended period to determine if we may be of assistance.
The Church Council is comprised of leaders from each auxiliary, committee, department and ministry of the Church. The Council provides an administrative infrastructure through faith, love, and commitment. Empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit, they seek to lead God’s people in the accomplishment of goals that will honor and glorify the Father. This Council meets quarterly.
The Decoration Committee beautifies the Church environment for Sunday and special services and/or events to complement the worship service, and provide an atmosphere that enhances a spiritual experience. The Committee also assists ministries with decoration ideas for their events. This Committee leads and makes decisions regarding the interior décor of the Church Sanctuary and building.
The Finance Committee is comprised of the Chair, Church Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and two (2) members appointed by the Pastor. This Committee approves the purchase of all supplies, all bills for payment and assists the Treasurer in all matters of finance. The Finance Committee monitors purchases to assure that a budget has been established for such and approved by the Elders. It guides and assists the Church in undertaking all its financial concerns so that the church body may be a good steward ofGod’s possessions.
The purpose of the Church Finance Committee is to assume responsibility in conjunction with the Pastor/Elders, for the finances of the congregation. This includes developing and monitoring a church budget, financial recording and reporting, disbursement, and auditing of records
The responsibility of the Finance Committee is to oversee the financial well-being of the congregation and to make recommendations to the Pastor on all financial matters as deemed appropriate by the Committee or requested by leaders. The Committee will review and advise the Pastor regarding the activities Committee, as appropriate.Treasurer@abidingfaithbc.org
Food Service Committee
The Food Service is a service ministry geared to the nurturing of body and soul through the preparation and serving of food and the Word of God. We are driven by our purpose to love and serve others.
This Committee of one maintains a chronology of records and is responsible for the recording, preservation and display of records of historical value to the Church. It is held accountable to keep an updated record of our Church history that we have a reference point to see how God continually blesses the church.
The Abounding Word Newsletter is a medium used to communicate, in an attractive manner, information among members. Its purpose is to present our church as a lively, God-focused, invigorating and positive community of believers, in hopes that it will encourage more of our members’ use of their gifts/talents in church activities and the overall ministry of Abiding Faith.
Pastoral Care Committee
The Pastoral Care Committee lovingly serves our Pastor and first family through prayers, financial support and encouraging words and deeds. The Committee aids and assists the Pastor as needs are defined. It teaches the biblical principles of loving and caring for the Pastor as God has instructed His Church to do.
Red Carpet Committee
The Red Carpet Committee, under the umbrella of the Marketing Team, ministers to our first time guests by extending exceptional hospitality in a genuine and unrehearsed expression of: “Thank you for being here. We sincerely appreciate your sharing with us today!” The Committee is comprised of ANY members of the family who has an earnest desire to make our guests feel welcome.
Sunday School Curriculum Committee
Determining what curriculum to use is an important decision for any church. This committee determines if lessons have a purpose or general goal; is it consistent with our faith community here at Abiding Faith; does it have Jesus, the Church and Christian life as its central focus This committee then assumes the responsibility of making curriculum choices or recommendations to our Pastor who will give the ultimate approval for lessons. With our in-house Bible Curriculum, kids experience the same powerful connections between Scripture and everyday life as adults, by engaging all five of their senses. The Bible comes alive
As we aspire to sing praises to God, the mission of the Abiding Faith Baptist Church Music Ministry is to enthusiastically proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song through enhancing praise and exaltation of Him. Also, in focusing on the five (5) Purposes of our Church (Worship, Reach, Teach, Grow, and Serve), our primary goal is to promote the Kingdom Building process by being actively involved in the teaching and evangelistic ministries of the Church. Music@Abidingfaithbc.org
The purpose of the Abiding Faith Sunday School department is: To promote spiritual growth for the saved and to reach the lost by teaching sound biblical principles that enhances knowledge, understanding of the Scriptures, and application of God’s Word, that will equip God’s people to reach out into the community—to both the saved and the unsaved.
In partnership with the families of our youth, the Abiding Faith Youth Ministry exists to train our youth to live a God-driven and purposeful life through worship and education. Connecting with one another through fellowship, the ministry seeks to build Christian leaders to have a Godly impact on our community. We train our youth to go out into the communities through evangelistic outings to share God’s message of love. The following ministries are included:
The Basketball Ministry shares the Gospel through organized and competitive sports. Training our youth; age 9-18, on sportsmanship and God-honoring conduct is one of our goals. We make every effort to ensure that we represent Christ in a professional, organized, fun and safe environment for physical play and fellowship.
- Children’s Church
The Children’s Church is designed to teach our children to glorify God by providing church educational resources that are true to God’s Word and encourage maturity in Christ. We use this teaching opportunity to impact the children in church and help them develop into strong spiritual leaders of the future. This ministry includes all children in Pre-K through 9th grade.
This Cotillion Ministry provides a developmental life preparatory program that leads our high school junior and senior youth, to discover God’s truth concerning His will for their lives through spiritual growth, community service and enhanced social skills. We encourage high self-esteem, foster positive attitudes and teach them how to set goals and achieve them through a committed prayer life.
- Drill Teams
The Drill Teams, junior drill team, ages 6-12 and senior drill team, ages 13-17, promote an understanding of scripture; build and foster self- esteem, discipline, and team effort while giving God the highest praise and worship by communicating Christian messages through drill team performances.
- God’s Precious Gems (GP G)
This is a youth auxiliary for girls, ages 4-17 where young ladies are trained and guided in the areas of discipleship for Christ, community service, and social and cultural development as they advance through the various stages of life that they will be able to have a positive Christian impact on society. GPG@abidingfaithbc.org
- Mimes of the Messiah
The Mimes of Messiah ministers the message of God through dance praise and worship. There is two groups of Mimes; junior mimes, ages 6-11 and senior mimes, ages 12-17.
- Praise Dancers
There are two groups of praise dancers; junior praise dancers, ages 6-11 and senior praise dancers ages 12-17. Angels of Praise seek to minister the Word and Spirit of God by using the body as a deep form of worshipping God.
- Puppets for Christ
Puppets for Christ use creativity to joyfully express God’s Word through the art of puppetry. Within this ministry the principles of God’s Word are taught through the portraying of Bible characters, stories, and the miracles that Jesus performed. This puppetry ministry is for children and youth; ages 9-17.
- Sunshine Choir
The Sunshine Choir is for children, ages 5-11 years of age. This ministry provides the opportunity to train the children to use their voices to praise God in song and assist them in understanding that they can also experience worship and praise of God, at their age group.
- YEAH Church (Youth Excited About Him)
Youth Excited About Him (YEAH) Church is a collaborative effort between the Youth Department and the Young Adult Ministry designed to encourage the development of corporate and individual worship among the youth of the church. Yeah church convenes at the beginning of the church service each 4th and 5th Sunday. The youth are encouraged and guided through church service by the Young Adults and a Young Adult designee delivers an age appropriate message.
- Young Men for Christ
This ministry provides Christian coaching to encourage and empower young Christian men, ages 13-19, in areas of self-discipline, self-assurance, leadership and most of all, love for God. The goal of Young Men for Christ is to ensure that each young man will have the tools to act responsibly in his family, church, schools and community. It provides a forum that will enhance their self-esteem and establish a support system through open communication, knowledge, and brotherhood to enrich their personal well-being; enable them to understand the meaning of a true relationship with God and discovering his purpose for their lives; equip young men with a biblical foundation and practical methods of dealing with peer and family pressures; and plant seeds that will develop their leadership abilities that they will be able to have a positive Christian impact on society.
The Youth Choir is comprised of both male and female youth, ages 12-17. The primary objective is to train the youth to use their voices to praise God in song and lead the church in worship through music.
Youth Summer Bible Study
Youth Summer Bible Study is for youth and children, ages 5-17. This Bible Study equips our youth applications through skill building activities to empower and enrich their lives.
- Youth Ushers and Greeters
The Youth Ushers and Greeters Ministry, as part of the Ushers/Greeters, assists in providing a warm atmosphere of friendliness and acceptance for all who enter the doors of Abiding Faith. We communicate God’s love for all through a sincere, and a joyful spirit.
Young Adult Department
Within the Young Adult Department, we work to cultivate the personal and communal growth and education of young adults toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, one another and the wider community which leads to Christian maturity. We do this through teaching, worship, evangelism and a community of support.
Joyful Voices of Praise
The Joyful Voices of Praise Young Adult Choir provides the spiritual enrichment and growth of each choir member and focuses on the principles of witnessing and ministering to those who are lost. We believe it is important that each member understands “why they sing”—to worship and praise God! Any young adult who wishes to participate is welcome to sing for God’s glory as part of the Joyful Voices of Praise! Youngadult@Abidingfaithbc.org