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: Men’s Ministry: Retreat - Teaching, Mentoring and Fellowship, Part II
What makes a better man for the cause of Christ? Is it avoiding crises, challenges or disappointments? Trying to be good stewards and being held accountable? Meeting together in groups to discuss matters that are not commonly talked about? These are great points, and they were essential during discussions at the men’s retreat. Leaders of the Men’s Ministry are grateful that the men at FWCOC were committed to attending conference meetings and sessions.
Allowing men to experience empowering meetings and sessions provides a way to share opinions across the brotherhood. Brothers share what has occurred in their lives to show that no one is immune to the problems, experiences, traps and pitfalls devised by the Devil. We all live in society and have things going on, but it’s all about how we we handle things. Just because someone appears all prepped and groomed doesn’t mean that this person has no issues to deal with. We all have pluses and minuses in our lives, and the Devil is constantly trying to chase and bait us. Brotherhood meetings and sessions provide ways for brothers to come together and learn to be better men and leaders so the church can continue to grow.
Typical questions to stimulate discussions and challenge each other include the following: "Where are you in your life right now?" "Where do you want to go?" "Where are you supposed to be?" Addressing these driving questions provides opportunities for men to experience rich discussions from varying perspectives. By asking such questions, we avoid being tricked by the whirls of the Devil. We become open-minded, hearing and understanding what others have to say. All men are exposed to similar kinds of problems, disappointments or abuses at some point in their lives. Sharing information in a positive environment can help others prepare and circumvent such events. During small group discussions, men receive reinforcement and guidance to help prevent: the negative influence of other people; "tapes that play in the mind" from past experiences; and the Devil from negatively impacting their lives.
Ultimately, how we handle experiences and situations is directly connected to our stewardship of everything that God owns. Good stewardship creates a pathway to the understanding that we will be held accountable for what we have been given access to. If we hold the mindset that everything belongs to God and we need to take care of it, our approach to both possessions and relationships will flow toward God. Even as we carry this mindset and try to be good stewards, problems will arise; oftentimes we will be faced with decisions that lead to varying paths. We must always remember to go through an experience without "owning" any misguided events or setbacks from the Devil.
Matthew 5:14-16, "14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Men's Ministry. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Herman Brown, William Hamilton. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.
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Resource Center Highlights
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: firstname.lastname@example.org