Romans 12:6-8 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you the ability to lead, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
JOIN ONE OF OUR GIFTED MINISTRIES
If God has gifted you in one of these ministries and you feel Him leading you to serve, speak with one of the upper leadersabout opportunities to join a team. All interested helpers must not be a novice, must have a good reputation and complete the Process Class first.
The Administrative Assistant helps Upper Leadership with the operations of the church by scheduling and managing all counseling sessions and meetings, baptism and child dedications, preaching invitations and other events, testimonies, and wedding requests. They take minutes during leadership meetings, sends out church announcements via mass text, obtain information from those requesting a reference or notarized letter, manage the sales of ministry merchandise, and fulfill any other miscellaneous requests.
The Announcement Team shares preapproved key ministry updates to keep OBICIL disciples and visitors informed on what’s happening within the ministry. Updates include upcoming events, service times, corporate fasts, job listings, prayer requests from church members, instructions on how to get plugged into the ministry, an encouraging "Thought of the Day", etc.
Armor Bearers serve as an adjutant to their leader and follow through with the level of commitment required. Armor Bearers intercede before, during, and after services for their leadership. They stand with their leader during altar call , covering them in the Spirit as they pray for others and have the anointing oil readily accessible for when/if it is needed. The armor bearer must be sensitive to the flowing of the Holy Spirit during service, watch their leader and quickly make any necessary adjustments. Armor Bearers must be a warrior in the spirit (knowing how to engage in spiritual warfare without being taken out themselves and without drawing attention to themselves during service).
Armor Bearers double check to make sure the speaker has everything they need to bring forth the word, and usually places the speaker's Bible and notebook on the podium as they get ready to preach and takes it down after the sermon is over. Armor Bearers ensure that the speaker has a working microphone to preach (changing batteries when needed), serve water, distribute towel, handkerchief, etc.Armor Bearers accompany their leader when they are invited as a guest speaker at other church events and usually transports them (or any guest speaker) to and from the airport and/or ministry locations.
United Xpressions is OBICIL's liturgical dance ministry. Many praise dance performances are prearranged as choreographed pieces, while others are spontaneous. Some dances feature a select group of dancers, while others feature a soloist. Dancers incorporate music and joyful body movement (waving, clapping, spinning and swaying) to create an atmosphere of worship and to express the word and spirit of God. Dancers may often use colorful streamers, flags, banners, tambourines, and other props to enliven routines. Together with the Media Team and Praise Team, they make up the Atmosphere Setters.
The finance team counts and records all collected tithes and offering and distributes change to those who need it. The Chief Financial Officer records all finances in the church's accounting software, budgets, pays ministry bills, allocates funds to different ministry departments and gives to those who are in need as approved by Upper Leadership.
Our hospitality team makes sure Upper Leadership and all guest speakers have everything they need before service (water, rag, etc.). On behalf of the church, they make hospital or home visits to the sick and shut in, offer prayer, and help at funerals. They order flower and gift arrangements for all occasions (i.e. Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, etc.), set up for the Lord's Communion, wash sheets and rags, and serve in any other way needed.
The Maintenance Team is responsible for the upkeep of the ministry, plumbing, painting, restocking on toiletries, and other things as needed.
The media team ensures all equipment is ready for every service. They are in charge of set up and break down. They are in charge of recording video and audio sermons, uploading them online, and making sure the services are live-streamed. They also manage OBICIL's social media accounts, create flyers for church services and events, and keep the website updated. The Media Team works closely with the Atmosphere Setters (Praise & Worship Team and Dance Team) regarding praise and worship for each service.
The praise team prays and leads worship through song and prophetic utterances as the Spirit leads. They demonstrate, teach, and provoke the congregation to worship corporately. Together with the dance team and media team, they make up The Atmosphere Setters. Weekly and quarterly meetings/rehearsals are held.
The Lector, or Reader is responsible for assisting the preacher in delivering the Gospel message to the congregation by reading selected passages of Scripture during church service. The Reader must receive thelist of Scriptures from the preacher, double check with them to make sure the scripture references are correct, and make sure to communicate with the preacher on which version of the Bible to read from. The Reader must read with passion and a spirit of excellence; be diligent to stay in sync with the preacher by being sensitive as to when to read and when to pause; handle the word of God with reverence; and speak in a loud, clear and intelligible manner--enunciating properly so that all may both hear and comprehend the message.
Ushers A church usher serves a very important role in the church by creating a welcoming environment, setting the tone for Worship, and aid in helping prepare the people to hear and respond to the word of God. Ushers not only help to ensure a smooth-running church service, they also minister to the needs of the people in a variety of practical ways. Ushers help both long term disciples and first-time church visitors feel good about their presence in church and make their personal experience memorable. Ushers serve the church through hospitality, courtesy, and educating visitors. Ushers are responsible for greeting and seating guests and maintaining order. They keep individuals and items out of the aisles to allow easy traffic flow. They handle disturbances due to deliverance outbreaks, by providing tissues and sheets when needed. They also assist the Finance Team by collecting tithes at the appointed time during the service.
Parking Lot Attendants The Parking Lot Attendants work with the Ushers and help greet guests in the parking lot as they arrive. They manage the flow of traffic and direct disciples and visitors where to park.