THE AUDIO/VIDEO MINISTRY:
“But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” (Matthew 13:16, KJV)
The audio/video (A/V) ministry of Co-op City Baptist Church exists to mainly keep our members and all interested folk aware of the preached Word of God delivered by the clergy. Recordings will be heard/shown on our web site, and will be also available to individuals who are unable to attend worship services for any reason. The A/V ministry greatly aids in the church’s carrying out our stated vision: “To preach, teach, and disciple into Christ’s likeness.”
THE BUILDING FUND MINISTRY:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1a, NASB)
The Co-op City Baptist Church is growing in size as well as spirit. In that process a ministry to fund the building of a new home has been established. Given its charge by the congregation, the Building Fund Ministry has the task of seeking out, carrying out, and devising appropriate ways for the church to achieve its goal for building. The ministry is a spirited one and is supported by the entire congregation in its efforts toward enabling us to have a larger home to serve God’s plan for our church.
THE CARE AND SUPPORT MINISTRY
“Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23)
The goal of the Care and Support Ministry of The Co-op City Baptist Church is to provide encouragement, assistance, and spiritual support to our bereaved church families during their time of mourning the loss of a loved one. The ministry’s work focuses on prayer, companionship, information resources, transportation, and child care, making needed contacts, daily personal communications, and food preparation. Through this environment of comfort and support we strive to maintain the bereaved member’s connection and sense of belonging to a larger Christian family.
THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRY:
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11, NIV)
The Christian Education Ministry is an important and integral part of the life of the Christian Church. It is a most powerful force for Christian living in modern society. The ministry leads children, young and older adults, and its own staff in study of the Bible. Together, we seek to understand its meaning, significance, and application to our lives. The Christian Education Ministry of The Co-op City Baptist Church aims to:
- Initiate or increase the student’s knowledge and enjoyment of the Bible, leading to an understanding of its meaning and true knowledge of its facts.
- Lead the unsaved student to Christ and the Salvation He offers every man, while helping the believer understand what that Salvation means in terms of both Christ’s and the student’s life.
- Teach application of Biblical principles to the student’s everyday life, inspiring him to be an open witness for Christ.
The C.E. Ministry staff members are available to the entire Church, not only to its enrolled students. We are available to anyone seeking a greater knowledge of God and His Word. Staff members are selected from students of our classes, who are F.A.T.: Faithful, Available, and Teachable. Classes are held on:
- Sunday Mornings @ 9:15 a.m. for all ages, including a New Members Class.
- Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for all ages.
- Alternate Wednesdays @ 5:00 p.m.
THE FIRST LADY’S MINISTRY:
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30, NASB)
Being the wife of a pastor, the First Lady of a church is a special and stressful position. Just as the Pastor’s aides assist him, the members of the First Lady’s ministry are dedicated to helping our first lady with her needs as well. Special projects, ministries, and charities that are concerns of the First Lady are the areas this ministry functions in.
THE FRESH FLOWER MINISTRY:
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed himself like one of these.” (Luke 12:27, NASB)
The function of the Fresh Flower Ministry is to provide fresh flowers in the sanctuary for worship service, on a weekly basis and seasonal plants during Easter and Christmas. Fresh flowers remind us that God is nature’s creator and all of creation owes Him worship. The basket usually located atop the piano is for donations to this ministry.
THE HOSPITALITY MINISTRY:
“Consider to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” (Romans 12:13, NASB)
The Hospitality Ministry’s goal is to provide a warm, friendly greeting to every visitor and returning member creating a lasting, positive impression demonstrating how much we value their presence in our church. The Ministry also provides a Welcome Packet to each visitor which includes a gift from the church. We then mail out follow-up letters from the pastor to all visitors extending an invitation to come back again to worship and fellowship with us.
THE JUST FOR MEN MINISTRY:
“Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:9, NASB)
This ministry calls not only to the men of the church, but also to the men of the entire community. Its purpose is to investigate, discuss and seek solutions for the personal, professional, social, and spiritual circumstances men find themselves in today. The group is led by the Rev. Dr. Williams, and includes male youths from the age of 13. The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
THE LAY SHEPHERDS/PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY
“We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy…” (from the Church Convent)
At least once a month we stand to recite the words above and sometimes God calls us out to perform just what we have purposed to do for our brothers and sisters. God puts it on the hearts of some to make themselves available to the community as good listeners, confidence keepers, and aides to right decision making, resource finders, and spiritual advocates. This ministry is about being invited and entering into the lives of others to aide and walk beside them in times of crisis or even joy. We function by the power of the Holy Spirit, prayer, and determination to help others. Lay Shepherds are trained and ready to be called upon.
THE MINISTRY PRESIDENTS:
“All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless you.”
(Psalm. 145:10, NASB)
The Ministry Presidents is made up of the presidents of all the ministries of The Co-op City Baptist Church. Its function is to sponsor those special events that are not the province of an individual ministry. One such event is the new members’ brunch. In its mission, the Ministry Presidents gathers the abilities of every group in the church to support and move forward whatever the Pastor deems necessary to the ministry of the church.
THE MISSIONARIES MINISTRY:
“In as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:40).
The Missionaries help the Church to carry out its own mission program by showing God’s love to man, through the inspiration of the Bible, which is God’s missionary message to all people. Missionaries are also needed in order to aide the Church in being obedient to the Great Commission of our Lord, found in Matthew 28:18. We have all received gifts that should be used in helping fulfill this commission. An effective missionary group studies, prays, shares, and serves. The Missionaries of The Co-op City Baptist Church are committed to hospital and home visits to the sick, to aide in whatever task is needed. Phone calls are made to assure the sick or bereaved that we are available to them if needed. Missionaries are also involved in community outreach programs, which include visits to nursing homes and shelters, food and clothing drives. We do these things mindful of Jesus’ instruction to His disciples in the verse cited above.
THE MUSIC MINISTRY:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16, NIV)
The first instance of singing in Scripture is Exodus 15, as the people of Israel sing of victory and praise after God led them out of Egypt. References to songs of praise, contrition, supplication, and thanksgiving are made throughout both the Old and New Testaments. We are made to know that the praise of God in song is an eternal activity of those who love Him. So, the choirs of The Co-op City Baptist Church are committed to meet the need for sacred music during our services. Music helps to set the spiritual mood for worship, for the Preacher’s sermon, for giving our tithes and offerings, for benediction, even for going home services. Choirs serve at all services, and attends the pastor as he goes out to preach, as well. Each member, of each choir has committed to be prepared by faithfully attending, on time, his/her assigned date for rehearsal, studying the songs of Zion, and practicing under the leadership of The Minister of Music. The choral ministry of The Co-op City Baptist Church is made up of:
- The Mass Choir (1st Sunday)
- The Inspirational Choir (2nd & 3rd Sunday)
- The Youth/Young Adult Choir (4th Sunday)
- The Senior Choir (5th Sunday)
- The Men’s Chorus (5th Sunday)
- The Sunrise Choir (each Sunday @ 8:00 a.m.)
THE NEWSLETTER MINISTRY
“For even as the body is one, and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.” (I Corinthians 12:12, NASB)
The Newsletter Ministry allows the members an avenue to express their views and display some of their writing talents. The Ministry also assists in keeping the Church and community informed of scheduled events.
THE NURSES MINISTRY:
“ . . . I was sick, and you assisted Me.” (Matthew 25:36b, NASB)
The purpose of the Nurses’ Ministry is to assist the physical needs of the congregation, wherever necessary, and to bring consolation when needed as well. They will care for anyone attending service that may become ill, call the next of kin or an ambulance. One of the nurses will accompany that person to the hospital, as well. All members of the ministry are trained in CPR and first aide. The ministry is present during each Sunday service, as well as traveling with the Pastor when he is called to preach at another church.
THE PASTOR’S AIDE MINISTRY:
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you, in the Lord, and admonish you. And to esteem them highly, in love, for their works sake and be at peace among yourselves,” (I Thessalonians 5:12-13)
We are admonished to esteem our pastors, let them know how much we appreciate their leadership and teaching; thanking them for their devotion to the ministry, as found in Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica. The Pastor’s Aide Ministry of The Co-op City Baptist Church has taken on that task. Their mission is to aid the Pastor of this church spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially.
THE PRAISE AND WORSHIP MINISTRY:
“I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1 (KJV)
The Praise and Worship Ministry presides over the devotional service, which is held prior to the 11 a.m. service and afternoon service. The purpose of this Ministry is to get the worshippers spiritually involved in singing and giving praise to God, for He is worthy to be praised. When we praise God not only are we telling God that we love Him, we are telling Him why we love Him.
THE PRAISE DANCE MINISTRY:
“Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp” (Psalm 149:3 KJV)
The Praise Dance Ministry is a different way to praise God. Led by a director/choreographer and they perform monthly on the fourth Sunday. They dance to praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and hopefully bring more believers to the kingdom. Even though majority of our members are kids, we welcome all ages to give it a try! We make sure we are all on the same page; working together to allow every member to learn the moves to the best of his/her ability. Praise Dance is expressed through facial expression, body movement, and more. The first mention of dance in the Bible can be found in Exodus 15:20 when Miriam the prophetess, Moses; and Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing after the Hebrew nation had crossed the Red Sea on dry ground! Dancing is seen in the New Testament too, with the return of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). Finally, praise dance always tells a story, whether of an historical even in our history, or simply to relate our testimony, and our emotional relationship to God.
THE PRISON MINISTRY:
“ . . . I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:36c, NASB)
On the second Sunday of each month the members of the prison ministry visit the women’s facility at Riker’s Island. They bring to the inmates a Gospel message, complete with hymns and prayer. The congregation sends religious literature, magazines, as well as supplying personal items for inmates each Christmas. Anyone wishing to take part in this ministry will need to register prior to prison visits.
THE SCHOLARSHIP MINISTRY:
“Blessed is the man who gains understanding, for he is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” (Proverbs 3:13, NIV)
The Scholarship Ministry was established in The Co-op City Baptist Church in 1985. Its mission is to assist the youth of our congregation in furthering their education by earning a degree at an accredited college or university of their choice, as a matriculating student. The ministry grants a scholarship, to qualifying students, payable over a period of no more than four years. While there are specific requirements each student must meet, the monies may be applied as the student wishes. Also students, who are members of the church, may be given a gift by the ministry at any level of scholastic achievement. Funds are raised by special events planned specifically for this purpose.
THE USHER MINISTRY:
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere: I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” (Psalm. 84:10, NIV)
The Usher Ministry of The Co-op City Baptist Church is the initial greeter of all who enter the sanctuary for worship. Ushers welcome those who come to our doors, and guide the attendees to their seats. Their involvement does not stop there. The Ushers are active during the entire worship service, ministering to the Pastor, clergy and congregation as needed. The Ushers serve, at almost every type of service held, as hosts and hostesses of the church. They also have an extensive fellowship with sister churches, serving as duty ushers when the Pastor goes out to preach, and assisting at the usher anniversary services of other churches. You don’t have to be an adult to serve as an usher for God uses faithful followers of all ages. The Usher Ministry of The Co-op City Baptist Church includes three age groups; junior (pre-teen), young adults, and senior (adult) usher ministry.