Church ministry represents an important part of Christian life. The mission and vision of our church as it grows is to worship with families in the Johnson City community and other nearby cities in an environment where we can all grow closer to God.
Our church vision is to be able to support one another through Christian values and educational programs for all families, ages, and backgrounds.
We attempt to break down lessons by age group and gender to teach material that is age-appropriate and gender-relevant. During family worship, we gather as a large group to first pray and thank God for bringing us together. We also worship with music and singing and make church announcements and introductions. Then, we have our sermon.
Family Ministry — How the Church Grows at Faith Miracle Sanctuary Christian Worship Center
Our families do church together in order for them to grow with the church family. Our vision is to have small group meetings in homes throughout the community in order to have a more intimate place to meet new people in neighborhoods and reach them for Christ. Some people will not enter into a church building based on their upbringing but will come to someone’s home as it can be a less threatening environment.
This model is based on Acts 2:46-47, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
In the hostile environment that we live in today, people need a refuge, a place of safety, sometimes it begins in the home of a nearby neighbor, making new friends, and forming a bond. Eventually, that bond builds an eternal relationship with God, their new friends, and soon the church family.
Children’s Church — We Believe Children are an Important Part of the Church
Our church upholds the model of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The children are taught a lesson from the Bible on Sunday morning during the time of the Adult Worship Service. They participate in an open discussion about the topic and at the end of class are quizzed in order to check their learning. They also memorize Bible verses. Following class, when weather permits or inside the building, the children play games. This is an opportunity to build relationships. Prior to joining the adults, they are given light refreshments.
Children also are on an awards system during and outside of class. When they have achieved a certain number of stars, they are able to pick out a toy prize from an on-hand assortment. The parents are involved in sharing good behavior or bad behavior with the teacher in order for the child to see that their parents and the teacher are working together. This practice provides them with proper nurturing to develop natural and spiritual maturity.
Youth Ministry — Helping Young Adults Mature
The youth are on the verge of achieving their own identity, therefore we feel that the Foundation/Membership class is a step in the right direction for preparing them to become an adult.
The Foundation/Membership class takes a person from an understanding of the Bible being the infallible Word of God: what sin is, the fact that Jesus came to pay the price for sin, to becoming a born-again Christian, and how to live a life for Jesus Christ. The youth are taught classes on a level designed to assist them in their Christian walk and to help them answer questions from peers. These questions could either cause them to doubt the doctrine that they live by or become curious about a life in Christ.
Men’s Ministry — Inspiring Men to Lead in the Way of the Lord
The men are taught about being a leader from the beginning through monthly meetings. They are engaged with the Foundation/Membership classes in order to get a foundation or as a refresher course. Some of the other topics covered are the Godhead, the fruit of and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the devil and other demons. In the monthly Men’s Meetings, men are engaged in different topics. The most recent topic is “The Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes (1995). Men become engaged in learning the disciplines of being a Godly man, leader, father, friend, as well as the discipline of giving back to God, just to name a few. At our meetings, men are encouraged to help prepare and participate in a fellowship breakfast prior to the study.
Men are also encouraged to participate in Men’s Conferences, where we plan a trip together, spend travel time bonding, and getting to know one another on a spiritual level, while embarking on a learning journey. The goal is to become men of integrity.
Women’s Ministry — Encouraging Godly Wives, Mothers, Leaders, and Friends
Women are encouraged to get involved in the Foundation/Membership classes. The course is designed to take a person from an understanding of the Bible to be the infallible Word of God. We learn how to define sin and the fact that Jesus paid the price for sin. The class also focuses on the life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Presently, we do not have a women-only focused ministry, but it is part of our future vision. Women need to be encouraged to be Godly wives, mothers, and leaders. We also want to inspire women to be committed, supportive, evangelistic, and humble servants of the Lord in local ministry, to the community, and abroad.
Giving Back to Our Beloved Neighborhoods Through Community Involvement
Our church is involved in the community in many different facets. We are a part of the Church Mobilization Network, where the motto is “Connecting Churches, Meeting Needs, and Impacting Lives.” The network discovers needs within the community and the member churches are notified of the respective need. Those who have an interest in the need will notify the network director in order to establish a connection, then see that that the need is met, and watch people’s lives be impacted.
Pastors Alan and Doll Evans were involved in the last 18 months with regional leaders along with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as part of the Counseling and Follow-up Leadership Team in preparation for the Tri-Cities Regional Will Graham Celebration, which was held in April of 2018. The entire church was involved in the preparation, praying, sharing the message of hope, Jesus Christ, and by inviting people in the area by going door-to-door with flyers.
Moreover, the church has been working with a group of young adults called “Adoration Life” that was given the vision of bringing together representatives from 1,000 churches for Praise and Worship and to bring an awareness to the Appalachia opioid problem. Pastors Alan and Doll Evans were recently invited to be a part of the Prayer Advisory Team for Adoration Life. This is in preparation for their October 2018 Worship Celebration, which will be the second Adoration worship meeting following the 2017 Adoration Worship Celebration, which brought 261 churches together in the local university mini-dome.
Volunteering is How the Church Gives Thanks
Our church volunteers at a local nursing home on Tuesdays and the second Sunday of each month. We have volunteers who attend the Tuesday morning church service to play the piano, sing, love, and interact with the residents. The second Sunday of the month, the church family takes the Sunday service to the nursing home and enjoy family time with the residents. We also give financial support to local ministries that feed, clothe, and shelter the homeless. Together, we gather and redistribute food for those in need of items to supplement their monthly food requirements. We also provide financial support for the returning of the Jews, God’s chosen people, to their homeland.
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For other ministry announcements, please visit our Facebook page where we will be posting upcoming events. Our church is located at 906 Grover St, Johnson City, Tennessee. We look forward to meeting you!