The fellowship ministry provides service opportunities both within and outside the church. A few of the special services the ministry provides are:
- April – Firemen/Policemen/EMT’S Dinner to thank them for their services to the community.
- August – Jessieville Teachers Appreciation Luncheon in-service day.
- Fountain Lake Teachers Appreciation Luncheon in-service day.
- October – All Church Fellowship, Mission Month
If you would like to serve on this ministry contact: Bill Bigham,
To provide encouragement and opportunities of service to each member in the Village church and to involve them in the various ministries of the church. Ultimately, it is to create an atmosphere of loving service for Jesus Christ.
- Our Goals: To provide a synopsis of ministry opportunities for all members and prospective members in order to involve them according to their desire and abilities.
- To communicate to current and new members the opportunities and ministry changes in order to keep each one informed and involved.
- To ascertain the needs of the ministries and fill those needs with willing workers.
- To share members needs to the various ministry leaders in order for members to be served by the Village church more effectively.
- To provide accessible understanding of each ministry offered by the Village church through…Ministry Fairs, Ministry Tract Rack, etc.
- To keep an updated ministry profile to ensure and encourage greater member participation in one or more ministries.
- To visit with new members and provide a packet of current ministry opportunities to help them find a place to get involved.
- To regularly meet with various ministry deacons/leaders in order to integrate members that want to serve in a particular area.
The Village Church of Christ has participated in a wide variety of domestic mission efforts in past years. These efforts saw the Church starting a new congregation in , Lousiana. Most recently, the congregation was involved with the efforts to aid in the development of a congregation in Spearfish, South Dakota. The congregation has long been a supporter of the Truth for Today ministry for the development and distribution of Bible course materials throughout the U.S. and foreign countries. For the past several years, our congregation has also been a sponsoring congregation for the Truth for Today “Lights” program aimed at distributing Bibles throughout the U.S. and South America. Another domestic effort that has been a part of our domestic mission efforts is the Vocational Church Plant efforts operating under the direction of Marvin Crowson at Harding College. Several years ago, the Elders set as a goal for the Missions Ministry to establish a new Spanish Congregation in the U.S. The congregation determined that the State of Florida would be an excellent location for the Spanish church plant. In November of 2005, Carlos and Maribel Preciado arrived in Ft. Lauderdale to begin their mission efforts.
Carlos Preciado, Maribel, Giancarlo and Isabella
Carlos Preciado has been married to Maribel since November 1997. They have a son Giancarlo 15 and a daughter Isabella 14 whom they love. He has been a full time missionary since 2005 after graduating from the Atlantic Bible Institute in Miami Florida. Carlos worked with a group that was starting at the Griffin road Church for two years after which the Lord directed him to start a work in the area of Pompano Beach where he currently serves. Carlos loves one on one Bible studies, meeting new people and the privilege of sharing with them about Jesus. Carlos knows that his family is his team and like the body of Christ in a smaller scale works together alongside them to show Christ’s love to others.
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The Village Church of Christ has been active in foreign missions since its inception. We are presently involved in works in the following locations: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, Ghana West Africa, and Cambodia. Besides these efforts, we remain actively involved in our support for the Truth for Today ministry.
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz Mexico
Bruno and his family have been in Coatzacoalcos for two years. He began his work in this location in the downtown section of the city and has now expanded his work into the outskirts of the city. Presently, there are two congregations of the Church of Christ due to the efforts of Carlos andTeresa. Expanded evangelistic campaigns are planned for 2009 using all native preachers for the effort.
Ghana West Africa
The history of the Village Church’s involvement in Ghana begins with James Mabery, pictured in the middle. Jim began preaching in Ghana over 30 years ago. Since his passing, Don Collins, pictured on his left, has taken up the task of continuing with the efforts of the Church there.
Recently, the Village Church has expanded its focus to include educational, benevolent and training activities to enhance our evangelistic efforts.
Rural Church Development
The Village Church presently provides for either full or partial support for 16 native preachers from the Central, Western, Ashanti, and Upper East Regions of Ghana. Our primary efforts are designed to encourage the planting and development of new rural churches in the remote areas of Ghana. We also assist local preachers in providing training seminars for the village church leaders. During the 2009 year, we are presently supporting the development of two new congregations in small villages in the Central and Western Regions of Ghana.
Bongo Orphans Project
The project began in the summer of 2004 and is presently located on a two acre plot in the Bongo District of the Upper East region of Ghana. The home has 14 children living in a new house constructed in the summer of 2006. The project was facilitated by the efforts of Don Collins and he presently oversees the home. The home was originally started through the private donations of Village Church members and friends of this project. The Village Church has now taken up partial support of the project. The project has now completed the construction of a new church building on the site. Adams Akurumolga serves as the full-time director of the home and evangelist at the site. The church members have also assisted the home in several farming projects. The home farms five acres, raises chickens, and will begin a new goat project this year. The home is fully licensed by the Ghana Division of Social Development.
During the summer of 2010, the Village Church is providing the funds to establish a second house at the site. With this new house, the boys and girls will be able to have their separate facilities. Anybody wanting to assist with the orphanage should contact Don Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Consortium Project
This program is sponsored by members of the Village Church of Christ and members of congregations in Missouri, Illinois, and Texas. Since poverty in the rural villages is a way of life, rural village children are provided academic scholarships to attend high schools if they qualify for admission. Presently, the program has 29 children on full scholarships. The project also provides for two students at the university level, one in Kumasi and one in Cape Coast. We also accept applications from students who wish to attend Vocational Training Schools. We are presently sponsoring two students at this level. The project provides grants to four church sponsored schools in the Ashanti and Central Regions of Ghana for the purpose of providing additional books and educational supplies to the students.
Lastly, we provide two grants to Ghana Bible School students each year to assist in their tuition and support while attending school.