Foundation of truth assembly Surulere
40/42 Imam Dauda Street off Eric Moore, Surulere, Lagos
5 REASONS TO BE INVOLVED IN OUR LOCAL CHURCH SERVICE
Glorifying God by serving in my local church ministry is the purpose of my salvation (Ephesians 2:10).
Ministry service will demonstrate the reality of my faith
The laborers are few(Matthew 9:37).
Ministry involvement enhances biblical understanding
There’s great reward for service
Involvement in ministry is a life of service for Jesus, like Jesus, and with Jesus. In fact, it’s all about Jesus. The foremost characteristic of the life of Jesus Christ was and is service. We are most like Him when we serve as He served. By serving, I behave like Jesus and glorify Him.
We’ve been called to a Life of to service!
God calls us to serve just as Jesus did. He saved us so we could serve Him and others. When we do this, we honor Him with our lives. The most important thing you can do outside of accepting Christ as your Savior is to give your life to Him and allow Him to use you each day.Serving God is mandatory for all who have been saved! You don’t volunteer for Jesus’army; you’ve been drafted!(I Pet. 4:10.11).
DIRECTORY OF DEPARTMENTS &UNITS
This is the department responsible for following up our visitors and members through regular visitation program coupled with strong telephone ministry.
The workers in this departments are trained to make calls, send mails and ensure we get in touch with those who have visited the church as first timers.
The thrust of the department is towards our visitors primarily and members secondarily. The Visitation team is very active most weekend and they do roster people or workers around areas of their dwelling communities, the follow up materials of the church include discipleship materials to aid young believers grow in the Lord.
Love Angels Unit is a very special one to the senior pastor because they are responsible for creating a ‘loving’ atmosphere in church after services, the workers in the unit are called ‘FOTA Angels’ and they are responsible for meeting new members weekly as well as ensuring workers are called on their birthdays regularly as a Manifestation of God’s love. We believe that ‘by this shall all men know that you are my disciples…’ (John 13 v 35). The Love angels send birthday numbers of hundreds of workers to others on a weekly basis, create warmth in church after services by greeting people, and also encourage members to send cards to one another.
The Welfare department is responsible for taking good care of our members who need some care and love, this is what you might want to call ‘love’ unit of the church even though all units should show love to their workers. The Welfare thrust of the church is clearly geared to meet 4 categories of needs in our midst, namely, Education (we pay school fees for those who can’t afford to pay); Health (we also run an intervention fund towards paying health bills of our members in good standing); Transportation (we help members who come to church and need transportation fares to go back home) and finally Food Bank ( we provide food to homes on a regular basis, we believe that no member of the church should ever go hungry without food or no home should lack food ). The Welfare policy is designed towards accommodating members in good standing, these ones are defined in the following ways, must be born again, should have attended our POTS academy, should be known in the Community through community church and should be working in a department.
Transportation department is responsible for meeting the transportation needs of the church during our special programs by providing busses in addition to the church buses. The department is staffed with workers that range from drivers to auto engineers, they also ensure buses pick people up from different destinations on Sundays and Wednesdays for services.
This department is also be responsible for maintenance of our buses and buying new ones for the church. We transport students from campuses and also ensure we provide the same for the aged amongst us.
The Lord spoke very clearly about this department in Matt 25 v 36 ‘…I was sick and you did not visit me’, which
is why we set up the hospital department. The department is responsible for planning and executing hospital visits to nearby hospitals, both private and public hospitals to pray for the sick, the role of the workers in
the department is to show Christian love to those on their sick bed, we go there with a FOTA hospital ministry pack, which contains a ‘get well soon’ card, healing and prayer scriptures, some groceries, and healing tape from
the senior pastor.
POTS is the acronym for Perfecting Of The Saints, culled from Eph. 4 v 12 ‘for the Perfecting Of The Saints…’ It is the Workers Training Department of the church, where all workers and prospective workers are trained in the
scriptures primarily about what we stand for in FOTA: our creedal statements, our culture and way of life.
It is not a Discipleship program but simply a workers training program for the church. People that work in FOTA go
through POTS and eventually become workers and members of FOTA. The classes run for about a quarter during the year and we ensure there are only 3 sessions during the entire year.
Workers Academy is the ‘Discipleship’ program of the church for her workers and those considered members.
They are broken into classes every Sunday throughout the year along ministry and departmental lines.
The teachers or ‘disciplers’ are trained to pastor the workers and develop their Christian life by dealing with topics that include doctrinal, moral and contemporary issues.
The Academy is a Discipleship Academy unlike POTS that is strictly a quarterly class for training prospective workers in the church and integrating them into departments.
The Neighborhood evangelism department is the arm of the church responsible for carrying out the Great Commission in our ‘Jerusalem’ through a well mapped out strategy of the our immediate community. The team designed a weekly program to evangelize the communities near our church environment with ministry materials.
They meet to go out during the weekends and the Home Invasion Ministry (H.I.M.) is a program directly under the supervision of the department. The department has all the streets in the neighborhood and attempts to comb them all annually.
The baptismal department is responsible for getting members, workers and worshippers baptized in water as regularly as possible.
Water baptism usually takes place monthly but can be more regularly if necessary. Members of the department take good care of the baptistery in the church and are also responsible for running the 4 to 6 weeks classes for those to be baptized before they are baptized.
Only matured believers are deployed to this department to work for the Lord, because it is a very sensitive department.
The church runs a school of ministry locally for those within and outside the church who are interested in ministry because they feel a burden of some sort and a calling into ministry. The school is NOT a Bible school but deals with some subjects taken in Bible schools, the training is for those who hunger for more and those who work in this
department are very much a select group of members in the church. The school runs 3 to 4 times in the year and the senior pastor takes the training seriously.
The children’s church is the department responsible for taking care of our children during services. The departmentruns the church like a school and ensure the children are treated as pupils. The teachers are well trained and versed in children education. The school, under the leadership of the head of ministry, runs several other programmes and seminars during the year for the children. The church also runs their version of parents/teachers meeting, a forum where the stakeholders (parents and teachers) rub minds together to discuss the issues that affect the welfare of their children. It is a well-run and equipped church that is driven by modern trends in children education but rooted in spiritual depth. The church runs a choir group for the children, dance group as well and ensure that children discover their talents early enough.
The Ushering department is a very important department in the church, solely responsible for ‘order’ during services, setting up before the services, cleaning up after the services as well, distribution of fliers and materials and are gate keepers during the church services. The department plays additional roles as security in the auditorium during services, protecting the altar with smart and security conscious believers, and many more like the above mentioned.
Ushers are the image makers of the church and give a positive impression to all worshippers about the values of our church. They also stand as human directional signs because they give direction to worshippers who need to know where some places are. The unit is the ‘helps’ unit basically according to the
scriptural expression in I Cor. 12 v 28.
The department known as pastoral care is responsible for taking care of our pastors after services, this is the
protocol unit of the church that is responsible for guests’ relations.Members ensure all special guests (pastors
and visiting ministers) of the church are well and adequately taken care of by providing transportation, airport services, hotel bookings, ticket purchases, refreshments, fruit baskets, gifts, etc.
The workers in this department are cautiously screened by the leadership of the church for obvious reasons, however those who have professional experiences in protocol services are encouraged to serve in this department.
The security unit is responsible for safety, security and protection of lives and property during services.
Members of this unit man the car park, ensure safety of vehicles, liaise with the police for additional protection during special programs, connect with the ‘good boys’ as wellI, maintain good relations with our neighbours, patrol the church premises during our services.
We encourage members or worshippers who have military or para military experiences to join this department and provide assistance where necessary.
The house of God must be protected by Angels and Security personnel always.
Church is a place and house of prayers, so the department of Prayer Retreat is different from the prayer band because they primarily plan departmental prayer retreats for the ministries in church. The workers serve as watchmen (Ezekiel 33) for the church and other departments.
It is important that we do not slumber in the spirit or sleep off while working, so they plan and execute retreats for all departments throughout the year.
The Prayer Champions are those who work in the Prayer department of the church by ensuring the church prays very well. This department prays every Thursday and members are free to join them, they also are responsible for leading prayers during services and always first to arrive on Sundays as well.
Members and workers there are in control of the Prayer room of the church, they enjoin others to attend prayer meetings regularly.
Someone once said, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ and I totally agree with the thought of a clean environment in the house of God, hence the Sanitation Squad of the church.
The department is responsible for cleaning the church auditorium, restrooms, compound, office complex, dominion hall, etc.
They also plan the monthly environmental sanitation day in the church, when we expect all members and workers
to come and clean the Father’s house, every third Saturday of the month. The department keeps their store and makes requests for cleaning materials for the church periodically.
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