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 II - Practical ways we can make use of the Church as a Wellness Center
The Church is designed to fulfill our needs and maintain our spiritual growth and development. The Word of God is the method you should use to "water," refresh, and sometimes restore your spirit. Spiritual food and checkups come in the form of services, sessions, and classes on a weekly basis as we take this journey. Think of the Church as a wellness center that you need to maintain your overall spiritual health. It’s not about being flawed or thinking that something is so wrong with you that you cannot be helped. It’s about understanding that everyone encounters issues or forks in the road, and the wellness center is here to help prevent, maintain, or treat these experiences so you can grow. By going to the wellness center, you can help to prevent these challenges from overwhelming your entire life's mission and interfering with God’s plan for your life.
Show up, Stay Connected and Serve. The main way to use the church as a wellness center is to show up with a focused mind, ready to connect in ways that will strengthen your spirit. Even for those who may be providentially hindered, there are ways for outreach as members communicate across the brotherhood and bring various spiritual connections to you, especially in this digital age. If you don’t show up or stay connected, how can you expect the wellness center to help you? You need it to help you maintain (and in some cases find) direction and recognize direct correlations to God’s Word. This is similar to working with an exercise trainer or a dietician, both of whom impact our physical wellness. If you don’t show up for training or follow-up on nutritional advice, then you have not done your part. The same is true when you allow God to order your steps and understand what it means to be faithful, responsive, and thankful. You should become involved by finding out how you can use your gifts and talents to support and expand the Church’s efforts. Becoming involved includes helping during services, sessions, and events, or in ways that make an impact—yet may not be totally visible to all—to help the Church grow and spread the Good News. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s something you want to do and that it fulfills your need to serve. This will provide another way to keep your spirit strong and help maintain your spiritual mindset.
Prayer, Praise and Fellowship. Prayers from the righteous allow you to stay connected and in "the zone" during both positive and negative experiences. You may feel that prayers or praising God are not important, but the prayers of the righteous prevail, and God continues to order our steps. Praising God, through spiritual songs and hymns, helps to strengthen our spirit in ways that keep the Devil, choice words, and/or actions "at bay." Being involved in service and praising God also allows you to learn (or review/practice) songs. You can then "have your own concerts" using spiritual songs that continue to uplift your spirit while praising God, whenever and wherever you can. After all, where two or more are gathered together in God’s name, His presence is in their midst.
In closing, let’s remember to show up, stay connected, use our God-given gifts, and always bring our "A game" of consciousness with us. This will help you to pray and understand ways to discern the foils and traps of the Devil, and it will provide guidance for staying on a path of righteousness. If your mindset continues to hear righteousness, you will develop inherent thinking skills that far exceed the norm, as you will understand what it means for God to be a part of your life. You will be surrounded by others who understand your struggles and challenges, and you will have opportunities to ask for prayer and help while on your Christian journey.
Matthew 18:20, 20 "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." (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 Resource 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: email@example.com