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 I

What is a retreat? Is it simply a time to get away, relax, and have fun? What happens after the retreat? The Merriam?Webster dictionary defines the word "retreat" as "a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director."  One of the events held by the men’s ministry is the men’s retreat. This retreat is designed to allow Christian men to pause, take time out from their everyday lives, listen, refresh, and fellowship. It gives them the opportunity to learn and understand that men are impactful, effective, necessary, and expected by God to maintain the upstanding characteristics of integrity, honor, dignity, foresight, discernment, and respect.

The purpose of the Men's Ministry is to encourage the spiritual growth and maturity of young men aged 25–45 through teaching, mentorship, modeling, and fellowship. One way the ministry achieves this goal is through a men’s retreat. During the 2018 retreat, 44 men from the FWCOC participated in sessions, dinner discussions, and fellowship. This was a memorable experience for the ministry leaders because it reinforced the commitment of the FWCOC to build better men.

A key aspect of the retreat involved attending sessions at the Brotherhood of Men Conference. The conference sessions were very informative and spiritually uplifting, and helped the men understand where they are and where they need to be. In one of the breakout sessions, the facilitators talked about making an inventory of our gifts. When we use these gifts professionally, we call them "talents," but when we use them for God, they are considered gifts. For example, if I am good at organizing things at my workplace or negotiating deals, then I am expected to use that gift for God. Sometimes other people can recognize our gifts more easily than we can. Our job is to think about how other people might recognize our gifts and be ready when they reveal them to us.

During the retreat, the men had the opportunity to understand the important role of Christian men and realize that we are impactful, effective, and necessary leaders. When we neglect our duties or ignore our responsibilities, the Church of Christ, as described in the Bible, will either cease to exist or change into something that is not of solid doctrine. If we want the Church to survive and be biblically correct, then we must become involved in the church. That could mean serving in worship services or capturing visual scenes (pictures and video) to document the church’s history; either way, you must make the best use of the gifts that God has given you. If you don’t, they might fade away. (Continued in Part II: Retreat - Teaching, Mentoring and Fellowship)

Genesis 1:26-27, "26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him." (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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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