Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Are You Ready To Serve?

   Each one should be ready to use whatever gift he has received to serve others,1 faithfully2 administering God's grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:10 

Many years ago, my pastor had laid a stack of paperwork on the communion table one Sunday morning. He preached about “being ready to serve” when God calls. He told us that the stack of papers were forms to fill out for passports and if we did not have one, then we needed to come up during the invitation time, take it home and fill it out. His logic was this…if God calls you overseas for short or long term, how will you go if you are not ready? The bigger message for all of us was that we need to be equipped and be ready to serve when called.
 I would highly recommend that if you see trainings going on that have to with missions that you consider going to them and being “ready”. If you feel a drawing toward children, then if you see a tutoring or children’s ministry training coming up, go to it. If you like helping people recover after disasters, go to a DR training. If you are open to exploring areas of ministry that you don’t know about, call me and I will direct you to a training.  

One such training coming up the first part of August is a teacher training for English As A Second Language. It will be August 4-5thth at Montgomery  Baptist Association. The cost is $35 (book and materials). This training will prepare you to be a teacher of English to foreign born people AND help you be aware of culture differences/how to share your faith, etc. It is a comprehensive learning experience that will not disappoint you. 

You do not have to have been a teacher to serve in this type of ministry!
 What you do need are these 3 things:
 1. A relationship with Christ.
2.  A heart for internationals.
3.  A willingness to learn and are able to speak English.

What do you need to do right now?
1.       Pray about it. 

2.       Email  our events coordinator, Elizabeth Kirk for registration materials at lrose@mgmbaptists.org  Call if you need it sent through regular mail. 334-271-6227. 

3.       As soon as you get materials, send form back in with payment of $35. Checks need to be made out to Montgomery Baptist Association. 
               For: ESL training. 20 Interstate Park Drive, Montgomery, AL   36109
                         SEATS ARE LIMITED. Deadline to register is: July 20th .
4.       Pray and ask Christ to prepare your heart to learn and to find out where you can serve. 

If you would like more information, you can contact Lisa Rose, director of Compassion Ministries at the Montgomery Baptist Association for this and other similar trainings.

MBA Ministry Directors

Adoption and Foster Care Ministry

Lisa Rose



Conversational English School

Director, Susan West



Family Resource and Counseling Ministry

Director, Dr. Kline Johnson



Forest Park Ministry Center

Director, Donna McCollough




Montgomery Mixtec Ministry

Lisa Rose



Samaritan Inn Ministries

Director, Debbie Jones



Books MBA/CCM Recommends

Ten Ways You Can Serve Greater Montgomery

1. Connect with one of the 6 Cooperative Ministries listed on this blog.

2. Do a neighborhood survey and find out what your community wants and needs.

3. Tithe 1/10 of your garden and give to a family in need.

4. Read to a child at one of the public schools in your area. The administration would love to have you serve.

5. Start an Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at a local jr high or high school.

6. Take gift bags to new neighbors around your home or church with information about the church/community.

7. Adopt a school and be a prayer partner with them.

8. Call Alabama Post/Pre Adoption Connections(APAC-334-409-9477) in Montgomery and find out how you can support adoptive families.

9. Offer to host an ESL or Conversational English class in your church. Someone can come and train your church to teach ESL too.

10. Gather in good condition clothing and take to the centers. Ask Forest Park about their "Good Samaritan Clothing Ministry".