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: Frequently Asked Questions to a Christian Ministry - The Church as a Wellness Center, Part I - Who is the Church for?
Why do you go to church? Do we take the church for granted as we get into a routine and attend services? If our weekly services and classes become routine, some may begin to attend as "just another weekly event." To avoid this, let’s consider the benefits of church including “Who is the Church for?” First and foremost, God wants everyone to be saved, so the church is for everyone. Some believe the church should provide tangible benefits they can see or touch; otherwise, they think they don’t need the church because they’re already in control of their lives. Christians understand that God is in control and recognize how sin impacts the world. God has created a plan for us and knows what is best for us. Still, some try to do it on their own, because they don’t understand what the church is all about.
God designed the church to be a family of individuals working on their personal salvation to get back to Him. All families have varying levels of dysfunction, and, yes, there’s also dysfunction in the church. That’s because members are human and "grow" through experiences in their quest to please God and maintain their overall wellness. If we see the church as a wellness center, we can think of needing spiritual "checkups" to keep and maintain our spiritual wellness. The church helps strengthen us through the spiritual lessons and guidance it provides. For example, "be well" is a simple blessing we often say to others, but what does it mean?
As Christians, "be well" applies to more than our physical health, it also has a direct connection to our spiritual well-being. Even if you get to the point where you think you have it together, you must maintain your spirit. This is similar to our need for food, water and oxygen. We can go without food and water for a few days, but our body's systems will slowly start to fail without oxygen. So, think of the church as the wellness center that provides food and water for the spirit and of the Word of God as the "consistent" oxygen source we need to maintain our spiritual wellness.
After all, Christians are the light of the world. If non-believers don’t notice this light shining within us, they won’t see the benefits of attending church services (and related classes/sessions and events.) (Stay tuned for The Church as a Wellness Center, Part II - Practical ways we can make use of the church as a wellness center)
Acts 9:31, 31 “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Frequently asked questions to a Christian. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Gary Smith, Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.
Ministry In-Brief Archive:
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