Ministry at Salem Evangelical Church is all about:
LIFTING PEOPLE UP (Encouragement)
Our people need inspiration. We need to see people as God sees them. Booker T. Washington said, “You cannot hold a man down without staying down with him.” We don’t want to hold people down. We want to see them prepared and released for ministry. God has given every Christian at least one spiritual gift (Ephesians 4:11). Our ultimate purpose is to glorify and exalt Christ and to lift up his people (Ephesians 4:12-13).
LOOKING PEOPLE OVER (Enlistment)
This is about recruiting. Identify people’s gifts and abilities. We’re not just looking to fill slots. People need three things to be recruited: 1. A challenge (New Testament concept of servanthood); 2. A change within (surrendering your rights); 3. A choice (God’s will as your will). We need to seek to enlist people scripturally (Ephesians 4:4).
LETTING PEOPLE IN (Enrollment)
This is about commitment. Commitment is not an automatic process. You must show it to others and seek it in others. A good motto is: “Give up your rights; pick up your ministry.” Two of our most precious commodities are time and talent. Those who are being enlisted need to know three things: 1. Philosophy (what they are); 2. Purpose (where they are going); 3. Process (how they will get there).
LINING PEOPLE UP (Equipping)
This is about training. Provide people practical opportunities for training. Give them accountability. Preparing “God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:12), is not about just assigning warm bodies to fill vacant positions. It’s about enabling people to grow in their spiritual gifts and to become more effective servants of Jesus. Equipping is not to be done haphazardly. It is to be done through a process. The process for equipping is: 1. I do it (modeling); 2. I do it and you’re with me (mentoring); 3. You do it and I am with you (monitoring); 4. You do it (multiplying).
LETTING PEOPLE OUT (Implementation)
This is about real ministry. The greatness of a church is not measured in how many come into the church but in how many go out in ministry. The church gathers; then the church scatters. The church must go outside its walls to reach people who need the Lord. The effectiveness of our church depends on the number of people who are involved in meaningful ministry.
The following is a list of ministries at Salem Evangelical Church
THE ABRAHAM MINISTRY OF PRAYER
THE TIMOTHY MINISTRY OF DISCIPLESHIP
THE ANDREW MINISTRY OF EVANGELISM
ROCK SOLID YOUTH MINISTRY
NURSERY CHILD CARE
SMALL GROUP FELLOWSHIP/BIBLE STUDY
SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL
GOD’S COACHING TIPS (RADIO MINISTRY – THE RIVER 99.3 FM, 104.9 FM, & NEW VISION 90.1 FM)
TIME-OUT SPORTS MINISTRIES
RIVER VALLEY FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES