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The Living Church Auxiliary Groups function in a subsidiary capacity. As leaders, we work diligently with each auxiliary to support members in the body of Christ and the community at large.
Upon completing the New Comers' class, new members are encourage to become a part of an auxiliary that brings understanding about The Living Church Ministries and assists with Spiritual growth.
The Living Church Ministries Auxiliaries:
Armor Bearers Young Peoples’ Union
At the Living Church Ministries, our goal is to promote the spiritual growth and heighten devotion of children, youth, and young adults between the ages of 5-35.
The purpose of the brotherhood is to establish and maintain a Christian fellowship of men. Our brotherhood consists of men who take responsibility to hold each other accountable spiritually and emotionally for leadership and service to their family, relationships, church and community. Our brotherhood enjoy each other’s company and work together to achieve common goals. It is comprised of fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and friends from all walks of life who bring an incredible wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise to achieve amazing things for Greater Refuge Church and the community.
The deacons of The Living Church Ministries operate in the spirit of excellence to help one another see how God is at work in our lives so that we can worship him in Spirit and in truth. We can then help to care for our members with sympathy, witness and service.
Deacons are to sustain a family environment through communication, guidance, support, and care. Our goal is to provide an active channel of communication that addresses the needs and concerns at all levels as appropriate.
Elders and Ministers:
According to the New Testament, elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church. The function and role of an elder is well summarized by Alexander Strauch in his book Biblical Eldership: “Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church.
At the Living, our nurses are called to serve others within the church. The role of nursing within the church is found to be unique. Not limited to serving the Pastor and members, but includes providing comfort and support during times of bereavement, facilitate the implementation of health promotion and health education programs that address needs within the African American church and community.
At the Living Church Ministries, we focus on three areas, Assisting the first family, Fulfilling needs, and Care. This is a commitment that isn’t to be taken lightly. The entire congregation are members of the Pastor’s Aid Committee.
Assist First Family:
The pastor's aide committee assists the pastor and his family with other various needs, in a moral, spiritual, and financial sense. They keep track of the pastor's birthday, and his family's birthdays and other special anniversaries, and may plan activities or parties for these events. They put together special activities for holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Pastor's Appreciation Day, and assist the pastor in whatever he may need to best meet his goals for serving the church.
The Living Church’s pastor's aide committee provide any supplies or other items the pastor may need for his office or pulpit, such as preparing his robe for Sunday service. They also take charge of planning arrangements for guest preachers that may visit the church and the community, and encourage participation of all members of the church in ministry work or helping in further aid to the pastor.
Another duty of pastor's aide committees may be to show care for members of the church, as well as the pastoral family. They may contact members of the church who miss a couple of weeks of Sunday service, provide any needs for the elderly members of the church, and they visit members of the church who are sick in hospitals, nursing homes, or their own homes. they also greet visitors to the church. They may respond to bereavements within the church and express their sympathy in the form of cards of flowers.
Rapidly excelling, The Living Church Sunday school Department is a Christian educational institution. We cater to “planting the mustard seed” that assists with how God who might water and how He will germinate. Active participants learn God’s word and are equipped to evangelize to the world without being compromised!
Ps. 84:10 - “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
The Living Church ushers provide an invaluable service to our church body. We understand that ushers are the “face” of the church, the first ones that people see when they arrive and the last ones they see as they leave. At the Living, you’ll find that our ushers are friendly, honest, and willing to serve. This honorable position in the church, requires integrity, cordiality, and wisdom. The heart of an usher is the heart of a servant, and he does his work for his Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:24). Our ushers have a true love for the people of the church and a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship.
At the Living Church Ministries, the Women are committed to the purposes of God. We inspire women to live a wholesome and Christ-centered life. We equip women to grow deeper in their love of God while sharing their faith and gifts with other women. This auxiliary is designed to teach women to remain encouraged, respect and support one another. If there is ever a need, the women’s auxiliary is dependable and extends a plethora of support to the ministry.