El-Shaddai are required to possess evidence of genuine experiences in regeneration (the new birth) (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; I Peter 1:18-25), evidence of a consistent Christian life (Rom. 6:4; 8:1-4; 13:13-14; Eph. 4:17-32; 5:1-2, 15; I John 1:6-7), and fully subscribe to the tenets of faith. They must also demonstrate a willingness to contribute regularly to the support to the Church through tithes and offerings according to his or her ability.
Board of Deacons
The uniqueness about being a member of the Board of Deacons is in the standard that is kept. Being a deacon requires the highest standard according to I Timothy 3. Each deacon must conduct their lifestyles in a manner of holiness and must be in a supportive role of the church at all times.
The deacon is described as “the pastor’s ear, mouth, heart and soul.” The deacon is at the disposal of the pastor in order that he may serve the whole people of God and take care of the sick and the poor; he is correctly and rightly called “one who shows love for orphans, for the devout and for the widowed, one who is fervent in spirit, one who shows love for what is good.” Furthermore, he is entrusted with the mission of taking the holy Eucharist to the sick confined to their homes, of conferring baptism, and or attending to preaching the Word of God in accordance with the express will of the pastor.
While the members that are on the Board of Deacons are normally appointed, there are certain characteristics that all deacons should have as outlined in I Timothy 3. Deacons must remember that they are working for the Lord and must do what is outlined in I Corinthians 10:31; ‘Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.’
Additionally, this department is also responsible for maintaining and caring for the sacred vessels, altar coverings, and other sacramental linens as well as noting and celebrating the Church seasons with their identifying colors and symbols.
With foresight and vision, the Visionary of this Church has purposed to unite all of the Sacraments under one department. The Blessed Sacraments of the Church are most essential and foundational to the total Church ministry. It is the Deaconess Board that makes sure every detail for these Sacraments are attended to and that the order of service, designed by the pastor, is orchestrated in “decency and order”.
Anyone who wants to serve as a Deaconess must possess a servant’s heart, and must be willing to serve with dedication.
Doorkeepers aide the vision of the leader by being prayerful and being in their assigned positions for service. Additionally, because Doorkeepers are responsible for maintaining order each service, distractions are reduced so the people of God can be in an atmosphere that allows them to be able to pay full attention to the Word, and so that the Word of God can be delivered with ease. The book of Psalms declares, “I would rather be a Doorkeeper in the House of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalm 84:10). The spiritual authority ascribed to the Doorkeeper allows them to reduce distractions and fully support the minister as they bring forth the Word.
Doorkeepers are the first contact that some people have with the church, therefore it is important for volunteers that work in this department possess a “welcoming” disposition, a warm and friendly smile, a loving and servant’s heart, a spirit of excellence and good people skills. Because they are sometimes the first contact people may have with the church it is important that they mirror the “spirit of the leader” and what the church stands for.
Leadership & Development
The question has been asked, ‘Are leaders born or made?’. Well, the answer is both. A leader must be born in order to be made. Each first Saturday the Leadership Development class meets to develop the leaders of the church. Time is spent in study and application of those truths of the Bible and other secondary books to enhance each leader individually and there by enhancing the ministry they serve.
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (Proverbs 1:8, 9)
Seeing the need for men and boys in the congregation to spend time in fellowship with each other and the need for more positive adult male role models and mentors, the pastor developed his vision of Manchild Ministries. The name depicts the participants (men and boys). Every male member of the church is automatically a part of this ministry.
Realizing the absence of “the man” in the lives of many young boys, this ministry seeks to bridge the gap and thereby reduce the number of young boys growing up without a positive male role model being instrumental in the shaping and development of their lives. Realizing that “The glory of the children is their father” (Proverbs 17:6) it also positions the adult male in his rightful place as protector, provider, leader and mentor in the life of young boys and in the community.
The goal is to develop relational and leadership skills for adult males in the nurturing of the young males while providing grooming and development through various methods of training for young males to become responsible, productive and loving adult males.
M & M Ministries
This ministry is designed to minister to the physical needs and welfare of those in the community through the raising of funds to support various agencies throughout the city such as the Memphis Union Mission and the Memphis Food Bank. Through their efforts countless individuals have received food, clothing and shelter.
The second Sunday of each month has been designated as M & M Ministries Sunday to give the congregation an opportunity to assist in supporting their efforts. As a token of appreciation, ministry leaders can be seen throughout the church distributing M & M candies to the congregants after morning worship.
School of Wisdom
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. (II Timothy 2:15)
The School of Wisdom is conducted as a vital branch of the ministries of the Church where the Superintendent is appointed annually by the Pastor. The Pastor and the Superintendent is responsible for the appointment all teachers and workers of the School of Wisdom. The Superintendent coordinates all the efforts of the School so that they harmonize with and become a part of the other Church activities.
The School of Wisdom meets weekly on Sundays at 8:00 AM. Members are able to gain a better understanding of the bible and daily application through study and teaching tailored to specific needs.
This department is responsible for paving the way for the Word (the finale of the service) to come forth by ministering to the hearts of the people, through the Spirit of God in song.
“The gift of language combined with song was given to us so that we should proclaim the Word of God through music!” -Martin Luther
Music is a powerful way to communicate the joy, hope, and comfort there is in Christ. Music has always been an important part of the worship celebration in preparing the hearts of the people to receive the Word of God through ushering the saints into His Presence.
As Psalm 100:2 admonishes that we should “Come before His presence with singing…” The Music Ministry brings this command to pass by pointing people in the direction of the flow and move of God during worship, and by encouraging the congregation to be submitted and obedient to the leading of the Lord thereby causing them to be on one accord in the Spirit. The Music Ministry is more than just singing. It is truly ministering and serving God and the leaders.
Individuals that are interested this department must possess a love for God, the people of God and be willing to serve whenever they are called upon. Those desiring to become a part of the Music Ministry should be able to hold a tune, but most importantly should be saved, filled with the Spirit of God, willing to submit to leadership and be a member of El-Shaddai.
Tuesday Prayer and Deliverance Service
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18, 19) Succinctly put, the purpose of this ministry is “to preach deliverance to the captives”. While we realize that once a person has acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives, the work of salvation is complete; however, we also recognize that saints must go through the process of sanctification or “deliverance” from other damning habits that would prevent their further growth in the risen Lord Jesus Christ. “Sanctify yourself and be ye holy” Leviticus 11:44.
This service is designed to minister to the individual needs of the saints through praying and the preaching of the Word of God (Word of deliverance). Weekly many saints attend during their lunch breaks and depart empowered, enlightened and encouraged in the things of El-Shaddai (Almighty God).
Young Women United in Christ (YWUC)
Young Women United in Christ is a ministry designed to address the transitional needs of young adolescent girls ages 12-20. Through training and development we prepare young girls to enter into adulthood. Various courses of instruction include: college preparation, job readiness, sewing, goal setting, cooking, budgeting, grooming and self esteem.
By establishing the proper foundation our goal is to equip young girls to become successful adults thereby intervening and preventing teenage pregnancy, gang involvement, pre-marital sex, smoking, violence, drugs and feelings of low self-esteem and self worth.
“Success is a journey – not a destination, always strive to do better than you did yesterday.”
“To equip young women with the knowledge necessary to be successful in tomorrow’s world and to become a positive impact to themselves, their families and the community while resurrecting the Godly ‘lady’ within.”