VI. PROGRAM MINISTRIES - POLICIES & PROCEDURES
All program ministries of the church are grouped into Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Worship Ministry, Missions Ministry, and Building and Grounds Ministry Teams, and other approved ministry teams and shall be under church control through the Senior Ministry and Deacon Ministry Team. All officers and team members shall be enlisted by the Staff Ministers and leaders and approved by the Deacon Ministry Team, and each ministry shall make progress reports to the church and to the Deacon Ministry Team. Program Ministries may be added, deleted, or modified by the Deacon Ministry Team in keeping with the Purposes and mission of First Baptist Church.
A. SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Sunday School, grouped into units for all ages, shall teach the biblical revelation, reach persons for Christ and church membership, minister to Sunday School members and non-members, and undergird the programs of First Baptist Church. Adult, Youth, and Children's Ministry Staff are responsible for annually enlisting all Sunday School personnel.
B. ADULT MINISTRY
In addition to Sunday School, Adult Ministry includes such teams as the Caring Team, Food Service, Greeters, Hospitality, Library, Prayer Ministry, Senior Adults, small groups, Special Events, Weddings, Wednesday night ministry, and Women's Ministry, as approved by the Deacon Ministry Team. Women on Mission support the church's ministry for mission education, mission action, and mission support for women, girls, and preschool children. Women on Mission, with the approval of the Deacon Ministry Team, enlists its own officers and the leaders of the organizations it sponsors. Guidelines for Adult Ministry Teams can be found in the Ministry Teams Policy Manual.
C. STUDENT MINISTRY
In addition to Sunday School, Youth Ministry under the direction of the Minister of Students, includes Sunday and Wednesday activities, mission events and projects, retreats, youth training, and ministry to student families of students in grades 6 through college, as approved by the Deacon Ministry Team.
D. CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
In addition to Sunday School, Children's Ministry, under the direction of the Minister of Children, includes Sunday and Wednesday activities, Vacation Bible School, and other special events, ministry to families of children in nursery through grade 5, and a weekly preschool ministry, as approved by the Deacon Ministry Team.
E. WORSHIP MINISTRY
The Worship Ministry, under the direction of the Minister of Music and with such leaders and units as needed, shall lead in worship; train persons to lead, sing and perform music; provide music in the church and community; function as a medium of Christian education to glorify God and magnify the message of salvation; and interpret and undergird the ministries of First Baptist Church. Worship Ministry includes teams such as the Adult Choir Praise Team, Baptismal, Decorating, Flowers, Lord's Supper, and Technology teams and Ushers, as approved by the Deacon Ministry Team.
F. MISSIONS MINISTRY
Missions Ministry is local, denomination, national, and world missions, and includes such groups as Baptist Men, and the Clothes Closet, Homebound, Medical Equipment, and Prision Ministry teams, as approved by the Deacon Ministry Team. Operation Inasmuch is a service of Baptist Men, whose President with others as needed are enlisted by the Deacon Minisry Team.
G. BUILDING AND GROUNDS MINISTRY
The Building and Grounds Ministry, under the direction of a Staff Facilitator, supports the Purposes and mission of First Baptist Church, especially, as carried out by all the other Ministry Teams. Under the direction and approval of the Deacon Ministry Team, it oversees facility use as described in the Facility Use Policy Manual, develops and monitors preventive maintenance programs, and ensures building appearance and structural integrity. Jointly with the staff and congregation, it evaluates equipment needs and purchases, and reviews current standing or renewal of service contracts while working within the budget guidelines approved by the congregation.
H. OTHER MINISTRY GROUPS
Other programs ministries may be constituted from time to time.
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