Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Â
Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.
What is the Community Classes Ministry?
The purpose of this ministry is to equip the members of our community with practical skills and tools that will help to sustain them through economically hard times. We accomplish this by sharing our knowledge and love and planting seeds of spiritual truth along the way.
In our local community, we see many around us stuck in cycles of poverty, digging themselves in deeper and deeper in todayâ€™s culture of debt and convenience. We see this evidenced in all the fast food and title loan establishments we pass on the way to our building. Even within our own congregation, we see many families struggling to make ends meet, taking on the chains of bondage through debt and living outside of their means. The community classes seek to help empower people to free themselves of these destructive cycles by teaching them useful life skills and the frugality to move forward.
â€śEach one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Godâ€™s grace in its various forms.â€ť 1 Peter 4:10
About the Classes
Each class we offer will be free and meet four times in the course of a month on Wednesday nights to learn a skill taught by a member of our congregation. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a small gift that will enable them to use the acquired skill at home.
We will start each class by sharing why we want to love and serve our community and even send home a flyer with an encouraging verse, information about some of our other ministries, and an invitation to join in our church services.
We will keep the class selections evolving based on the needs and participation of our community in order to be the most beneficial resource we can. With that in mind, the content of the classes we offer will depend on the skills of the people we have that are willing to teach. The revolving door concept of these classes should help to keep us both relevant to our community and limit the time commitment for our volunteers.
Aside from being involved as a teacher or assistant in these classes, it is important that the members of our congregation take the opportunity to learn some of these skills alongside the members of our local community. We will be able to love and serve our community better if we seize the chance to get to know them and share our lives with them.
How can I help?
- Teach or assist a class
- Help promote this new ministry at upcoming events
- Take a class
- Recruit teachers and students
- Contribute resources, tools, or monetary donations
- Offer encouraging verses we can hand out to the students
- Help with childcare by volunteering in our Wednesday night Bible school classes
- Spread the word!