Our three areas of ministry we feel called to focus on as a congregation…
Hands on Ministry – As followers of Christ it is our task to be the
hands and feet of Christ in the world. One challenge that many churches
face is that so much of their “ministry” is done inside the church
walls. In order to be the Church we must go to the people – to build new
relationships; to minister to whom God is calling us and in the way God
is calling us to serve.
2) Intergenerational Ministry – One thing
that makes Mechanicsville Baptist Church unique is that it is reaching
the youth of Mechanicsville in a way that very few churches are. The
challenge that the youth leadership is striving to overcome is that the
youth group is in the process of becoming its own separate church; while
it is growing, it is also growing apart from the larger body that is
Mechanicsville Baptist. Our youth council is working very diligently to
come up with creative ways to reverse this dynamic and ensure that we
are an intergenerational body of Christ.
3) Family Ministry –
Dale Tadlock, the Coordinator of Passport Media with Passport Inc.,
mentioned in an article that he wrote entitled “Why Aren’t We Telling
Them?” that the number one most influential source for long-term faith
is parents – not the church, not the pastor/youth pastor, not social
media, not school, and not peers. His remedy was for us as ministers to
learn to “be content playing third string.” The role of the third
string quarterback is to be the best resource off of the playing field
as possible – even playing the role of cheerleader if necessary. Dale’s
reminder is consistent with my calling as a follower of Christ. Our
calling as ministers of the Gospel of Christ is to equip and empower
parents to help their youth grow in their journey with Christ. If our
church provides families the support they need to be stronger family
units, then we are promoting a stable environment for discipleship to
at home and at church.
Every step we take is a step of faith. Let us faith together.
"God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them." -1 John 4:16