The Ministries of GBC - Who's who and what do they do?
GBC’s vision is to be “A disciple-making church that transforms lives with the gospel and love of Jesus Christ”. The focus for 2016 is on deepening community. Quoting Pastor Oliver, “Disciple-making occurs in the context of biblical community and fellowship.” We can deepen community and fellowship by serving one another with our gifts and talents through the various ministries established in GBC. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) says that we “should use whatever gifts we have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace”.
When we serve, it opens up a whole new perspective of the multitude of needs in GBC. It is a first key step towards deepening community spirit where we can support and strengthen one another by meeting one another's needs. Being involved with a ministry is not about joining a club or society to feel we belong but rather, it is about serving people – God’s people – who are all part of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27).
What are the various ministries in GBC? Well, you can find them on the church webpage where an overview of the various ministries and how you can be involved is provided. Essentially, the various ministries revolve around the central theme of exalting God through our attitudes and actions. First, by developing a heart of love and obedience to the Lord and secondly, by cultivating a heart of thanksgiving and praise amongst her people (Psa. 86:9). Each ministry undertakes a key role in either reaching out to the lost (Evangelising – Matt. 28:19-20), deepening faith (Edifying – Col. 1:28), identifying and sharpening gifts (Equipping – Eph. 4:11-12), mobilising people for God’s work (Engaging – Rom. 12:4-8) or simply caring and encouraging one another in our walk in Him (Encouraging – Heb. 10:24-25). This is illustrated by the diagram below:
These ministries are akin to the essential services of a building. They connect people and give life to the community. Your involvement is therefore important towards the aim of deepening community bonding within GBC.
So, will you take the first step in giving of your time and talents by being involved in these ministries? You can connect yourself by getting in touch with the people listed in the chart below:
Written by Chan Kim Hoong
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