The local church is at the centre of God’s will for sharing the gospel, caring for our community, and strengthening our fellow-believers. This means that there is no Christian with nothing to do.
Some will be elders, deacons; others – men and women – will work among the young or the old, or look after buildings and money; they will encourage others to use their skills and gifts in the most creative ways to support the gospel work in the local area and beyond.
The great thing is that some of these ministries are God’s way of encouraging others to be active in the Lord’s work so that every single local Christian is prized and useful. This is one of the foundational views that lies at the heart of the ETS Centre for Mission.
If you are involved in any of the ministries below, please apply to get some relevant training that will prepare for a life-time of Christian service in the local church and beyond.
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honour.
(1 Timothy 5:17)
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor 9:8).
Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13)
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. (1 Cor 16:19)