When many people think of the ministry of a church, they think of the work done by those who hold the title of "minister." This usually means the paid ministerial staff of a church. The ministry, however, is much broader than the work of one individual, or a few individuals, within a congregation. We value the work of our professional ministers very highly, but we accept that their work is only a part of the total ministry of the church. As 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) points out, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." All Christians are priests of God, and called upon to "declare the praises" of our Father. We do this through ministering to our fellow Christians and to those who have not yet established a personal relationship with Christ.
The Free Dictionary defines ministry in part as "The act of serving; ministration," or "one that serves as a means; an instrumentality." That is the goal of Christian ministry - to serve God and humanity by acting as a means or instrumentality for God, to carry out His work and His will. It is the goal of Big Hill Christian Church to promote Christian ministry in all its forms, and to involve every member of our church in a ministry that fits their talents, interests and personality. Each of us is different, and is endowed with different talents by our Lord. (Ephesians 4:11-12) Fortunately, it is possible to serve God and His people in many ways. (Romans 12:4-8) To fulfill our duties as priests and servants of God, and to take advantage of the unique talents and interests of each Christian, our church recognizes a variety of ministries. In addition to the traditional ministry of preaching and conducting worship services, we offer opportunities for service in numerous areas.
As you can see from the list of ministries at left, there are many opportunities for involvement within Big Hill Christian Church. We invite and encourage each member to become actively involved in one or more of our ministries. If you are interested in a particular ministry, or have an idea for a ministry project, please contact the director of the appropriate ministry. If you aren't sure who the ministry director is, please ask any elder, deacon, or member of the church staff. These individuals can put you in touch with the director of the ministry you are interested in.
When you read the descriptions of our various ministries, you will probably notice that the boundaries of various ministries sometimes overlap. For example, establishing and supporting a youth athletic team involves both our Fellowship and Athletics Ministry and our Youth Ministry, while identifying and correcting a safety hazard on our property would likely involve both our Public Safety Ministry and our Facilities Maintenance Ministry. In cases where a particular project or activity falls within the bounds of two or more ministries, the ministries will work together. In most cases one of the ministries will take the lead role for the project or activity, with the support of the other related ministries, but in some cases all of the ministries will contribute equally and make decisions by consensus. If you're not sure which ministry has responsibility for a particular project or activity, just ask. Any of our ministry directors or church leaders will be happy to point you in the right direction.