Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center                                    

The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).

The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.

The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief. Education Ministry: Bible Classes - Just Classes or Personal Growth and Professional Development Sessions?

What is a Bible Class? How can it benefit Christians, regardless of the amount of time they have been in the church? How are Bible Classes, as experiences, linked to personal growth and professional development sessions? If you think about a Bible Class as a series of connected session experiences, then it becomes part of your ongoing personal growth and professional development for performing your work as a Christian.

The Education Ministry is for all ages and encompasses teaching and mentoring classes. Attendance will strengthen your approach to life’s journey and aid your overall outreach efforts.  The Education Ministry’s mission and overview for Bible Classes is: "To prepare our students, from the scriptures, to become faithful, functioning members of the body of Christ." We want to give them the tools to make correct life choices based on the Bible. We cannot give them all the answers, but we can teach them how to find those answers for themselves.

Main Questions to Demystify the Education Ministry

(A) What do members need to know about the Education Ministry? The main point is: a lot of great Bible teaching is going on, facilitated in classes by members who are passionate about their roles. The Ministry encourages learners of all ages to attend Bible Classes. The Ministry also encompasses college-age learners to help them be aware of options for continued growth in God's word.

(B) If I have been a church member for 5, 10, 30, or 40+ years, why should I attend Bible Class? Christians who are experienced in this walk can share those experiences and their walks with God to enlighten others. If you have been in the church that long, you will have great experiences to share to make sessions real and relevant.

Attending Bible Class provides a structured way to study God's Word. A life without the filling presence of God’s Word inside you can be likened to a steel can being left in a closed room while external forces suck all the air out of the room, creating a vacuum. Similarly, as external forces apply pressure and hit your inner psyche, you become just like the can—bent, reshaped and, in some cases, morphed into something different.  If you don’t have anything in you, the pressures from outside can bend and warp your internal well-being and lead you further from God. Bible Class allows you to gain knowledge, hear experiences, and learn additional ways to combat the forces of evil.

2 Timothy 2:15 "15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (Source: Bible – New International Version (NIV))

Ministry: Education. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Ed Redeaux, Shirlette Milton. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.

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The Goals and Vision of the center are to:

(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;

(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;

(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and

(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.

Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited.  Call or email us for additional information.  Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: bulletin@fwcoc.org