A Heart to Serve
New Light MBC Ministries
A Biblical background for the office of a deacon can be found in the Book of Acts, Chapter 6, in our Bibles.
Our deacons are appointed men who were willing to serve and minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the church. They also serve as counselors; assistants to the pastor in aiding the sick and needy; and maintaining spiritual order in the church. Deacons are chosen to be servants to God’s people. Responsibilities are assumed to be everything except the duties of the pastor. The qualifications for a deacons are outlined in the Scripture as follows: To be blameless, the husband of one wife, a good household manager, respectable, honest, not addicted to alcohol and not greedy (1 Timothy 3:8-12). According to the Word, the office of deacon is an honor and a blessing. “For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:13).
Deaconesses support the deacons in spreading the gospel, fostering peace, love, and Christian unity. The Deaconess Ministry consists of born again believers who are called to be servants of others. They care for and assist with the needs of the overall congregation. Those needs might include counseling, prayer requests, home and hospital visits to the sick and shut-in, and reporting needs to officers to assist in finding solutions. They are responsible for the preparation and setting up of the Holy Communion and the preparation of candidates for baptism, especially the care of the females in the church.
Deaconess should promote right teachings as declared in Titus Chapter 2, verses 3 – 8.
maintaining spiritual order in the church. Deacons are chosen to be servants to God’s people. Responsibilities are assumed to be everything except the duties of the pastor. The qualifications for a deacons are outlined in the Scripture as follows: To be blameless, the husband of one wife, a good household manager, respectable, honest, not addicted to alcohol and not greedy (1 Timothy 3:8-12). According to the Word, the office of deacon is an honor and a blessing. “For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:13).
The New Light Missionary Baptist Church Brotherhood is a group of Christian men linked together by one common interest--to assist the Pastor with the needs of the church.
The primary functions of the Brotherhood are to:
Help with repairs around the church and the Tower of Strength
Clean up around the church and Tower
Assist with youth trips
Assist the Elderly with their needs
Assist with the training and mentoring of the young men of the church
In the year of 1997 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ our late Pastor Dr. H. B. Williams and First Lady Emeritus Wilma A. Williams was very desirous of a Sisterhood for the ladies of our Church.
A Ministry of help for hurting sisters, a ministry to assist in the sisters coming together to mingle and co-mingle with suggestions, strategies, ideas for uplifting sisters. Upon our formal Pastor taken ill, Sister Sharon Metz Williams was asked to fill in as moderator for First Lady Emeritus Wilma Williams while she cared for our Pastor. On Friday, March 21, 2014 at a night of prayer and power with the sisters. Sister Sharon Metz Williams came to First Lady Jeannette C. Wright and asked her to take over the Sisterhood Ministry.
We are thankful to be standing on the shoulders of First Lady Emeritus Wilma Williams for she has truly set a path for us to follow. With the help of God First Lady Jeannette C. Wright and the Sisters will continue to keep their vision alive. First Lady Jeannette C. Wright is grateful for Pastor Gil H. Wright, First Lady Emeritus Wilma Williams and Sister Sharon Metz Williams for having faith that she will continue keeping the Sisterhood moving forward with the help of God and she also thanks God for all the ladies that take time out of their busy schedules to come to meetings and participate in helping one another.
Ushers and Greeters
Senior Ushers – The Ushers' Ministry ensures that the needs and comfort of all Gods people are met at the Church. Duties include the meeting, greeting and seating of the worshippers. Ushers must exhibit a great love for people. They serve as watchmen, servants, disciplinarians and hosts of the worshippers. They must have a love for their calling and an attitude as expressed in the Bible in Psalm 84:10, For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Junior Ushers – In training, provides a warm welcome, direct visitors and members to a seat and attend to person in need of service during worship
Greeters – A select group of volunteers who welcome members and visitors to the church during worship services
Hospitality and Artistic
Decorations Group-Beautifies the sanctuary and ensure decorations are appropriate for special worship experiences and repasts.
Hospitality – Provides services to aid in preparation, serving, etc. of food for repast, reception, or banquet
Dancing Angels (Liturgical) – Provide worship and praises to our Lord through song and dance.
Evangelistic Team – Associate ministers and other dedicated servants who minister in word and deeds in and outside of the church. Their ultimate goal is to bring people to practice their faith in Jesus Christ and to truly know God as their personal Savior.
Health– Provide resources for persons needing medical attention and health awareness.
Home Mission – A structured group of members who have pledged to live an upright Christian life and practice the teachings of the Bible on a continuous basis as we serve God's people. We provide services to others through group studies of the Word, engaging in periodic acts of kindness to encourage others, and continuous prayer for our Pastor, church family, community and God's universe.
Road to Recovery – Provides support and training for persons having problems with substance abuse
4K (Karing Kitchen & Klothing Kloset)
Sunday School – The mission of this Ministry is to provide Christian education to our members and visitors. We desire to make new disciples who are studying to show themselves approved unto God, and will obey the commands of our Lord, not being ashamed to rightly divide the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15)
Technology and Communications
Radio Broadcast– Audio broadcast of actual church services
Video Communication – Communicates public awareness of activities going on in the church, surrounding churches, in the communities, universities, schools, etc. on a display monitor
Computer Training – Educational classes taught to participants to promote computer literacy