Bible Fellowship Church is a small church aspiring to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
For our church to be effective in achieving our mission as expressed in Colossians 1:28 we need each of these key ministry areas to operate at their best!
Introducing the nine ministry areas of BFC and the Elder that oversees it:
BFC Ministry Areas
The Word (Pastor Don Trest)
This is the Sunday morning preaching/teaching ministry. Primarily performed by the Pastor, the ministry also includes the development of other men into this role.
Music (Associate Pastor Bob Wren)
Primarily the Sunday morning music service but also includes other times where music would be appropriate. This ministry’s primary function is the preparation of people’s minds and hearts with the help of the Spirit to hear the Word taught and preached. Music is also used to bring a sense of togetherness in worship.
Fellowship (Associate Pastor Bob Wren)
Its primary goal is the fellowship of families around a meal and the voluntary cooperation of the body in the setup, cooking, and clean up afterward where relationships can be deepened through laboring together. This is primarily the Sunday morning breakfast ministry but involves anything that might include the use of the kitchen. Additional activities might include semi-regular events at the church like after church meals, ice cream socials, picnics on the grounds, bonfires, kids’ days, and such to foster deeper friendships.
Giving and Stewardship (Elder Jacob Davis)
The giving ministry of the church arranged around the weekly offering for the support of the church ministries to the body and the unchurched. Helping people understand their role as stewards of the things God has blessed them with and how to best use those resources in their lives and the lives of others. This role includes the promotion of giving as a demonstration of obedience to Christ as well as a means of being part of something bigger than an individual can achieve alone.
Care (Elder Jacob Davis)
The Care Ministry is an ongoing effort to meet the needs of our visitors and our members. We are all broken and we recognize the restorative impact of the love of Jesus through prayer, empathy, a friendly greeting, or a kind word from one person to another. This ministry will seek to build and maintain the ties between individuals and families as well as minister effectively in times of crisis or need for both church members and our community.
Missionary Support (Elder James Mahler)
Support of missionaries is an important part of BFC and as such, it is imperative that the congregation know our missionaries and feel a part of their mission work through giving and correspondence. A mission-focused church will promote the concept of missionary service both foreign and local.
Missions Service (Elder James Mahler)
All Christians are called to serve and look for opportunities to be of service to others. We are fortunate that there are many good ministries located along the MS Gulf Coast and BFC members are encouraged to give their time in service to these organizations. It is a great way to expand the love and influence of our church to our community. This team would identify and build relationships with area ministries and organize opportunities for BFC church members to volunteer time to these ministries. Possibilities might include the gospel mission, food pantries, nursing/retirement homes, women’s resource center, and the like.
Life Apps: small group applications for loving one another (Associate Pastor Scott Kimball)
Regular meetings of various smaller portions of the church possibly arranged around common interests, ages, stages in life, whole families, or geographic location. This is an opportunity to see God work in every area of our lives. Groups would be primarily formed for Bible study on Sunday morning but groups may form at other times of the week for various other projects as needs or God-given desires arise (examples might include short-term mission groups, prayer groups, witnessing groups, hobbies, money management, relationship help or other interests).
Multimedia & Online Presence (Associate Pastor Scott Kimball)
BFC’s presence online through the church website, social media, and podcasting expands the influence of BFC out from our local community to a global audience. As other internet-based opportunities arise they will be assessed for effectiveness in spreading the mission of BFC. The recording of the service and other sound booth activities are part of this ministry.