Church participation

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Are you a leader in your church? (don't get overly theological here!)

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  1. Deacon

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    Here are some questions about who attends the church you attend and where they serve.
     
  2. Gib

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    For the most part, the women out number the men 3-4 to 1.

    We don't have a youth ministry. All they do is have afterglows. That's the only night the kids come.

    On average, I have 2 men and 4 women in the choir.
     
  3. Servent

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    In most areas we have an equal number of men and women.
     
  4. Bro. James Reed

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    The only position currently held be a woman is Treasurer.

    The only positions available to ever be held by a woman are Treasurer and Clerk.

    We have:
    a Pastor

    an Elder(which is only a position because we have an ordained man in our congregation who is not our Pastor)

    2 Deacons

    a Moderator(who also is the Pastor...or the Head Deacon in his absense)

    a Treasurer (which is currently held by a woman)

    and a Clerk (which is held by me, though women have held the position before).

    Women are not eligible to be Pastor, Moderator, Elder, or Deacon.

    We do not have Sunday School, choir, or any other institutions within the church, so neither men nor women hold any other position.

    Our weekly attendance runs roughly 50/50 between the sexes, though women occasionally do outnumber the men slightly.

    I can remember the days when probably 80% of the congregation was female every week.

    The PB church in Corpus Christi went for several years with only one male in attendance, that being the Pastor, and he had to preach, pray, and lead all of the songs himself. Now, that is a lot of work every week.

    It seems to me that more and more men are becoming interested in church in recent years. They have lived lives outside in the world and realize that the women are the ones having all of the real fun (spiritual, that is) in the church.

    I could not imagine not going to church each week.

    I've been to Four 3-day meetings in the past 6 weeks and, it seems, the more I go to church, the more I want to go to church. It's like a drug! I'm ready to go to church NOW!!! I wish more people could have that feeling in their lives. It's wonderful, and I'm so thankful that men and women are able to go and serve in any capacity they are able.

    Bro. James
     
  5. TomVols

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    That's pretty common, regardless of geography or denomination.
     
  6. Marcia

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    I didn't get why "passivity" was included as a Christain trait in the first grouping of characteristics. That's why I didn't choose that one. I don't see anything biblical about being passive!
     
  7. Deacon

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    Passivity might be construed in the instructions to "turn the other cheek".
    It is often given as an admonition to little boys in Sunday School class after getting hit by the bully.

    Rob
     
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    We have about an equal number of men and women. We have many young married couples and teenagers. I would say we have as many boys as girls. Our young married couples take care of the nursery quite often. We have 24 Deacons and each Deacon serves approximately 10 families. We have a wonderful caring, giving church. We solve problems quickly and do not let them "fester". We have had a couple families leave recently to join with other churchs, but have added 32 people in the last 3 months, many of those receiving baptism.
    Our enrollment for VBS was 293 children from several different areas of the city and several races. Our goal is to reach everyone in the area with the "good news". We are a going and growing church where everyone is welcome, no matter who they are, what they wear or what their background. All are welcome in God's house.
    We strive to love everybody as Christ himself loves us and gave himself for us.
     
  9. dianetavegia

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    That was a little hard for me to answer since I am the head teacher of the 4 year olds and I give the answers because of that. [​IMG]
     
  10. Marcia

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    Passivity might be construed in the instructions to "turn the other cheek".
    It is often given as an admonition to little boys in Sunday School class after getting hit by the bully.

    Rob
    </font>[/QUOTE]I don't call that being passive. It's maybe active resistance to violence, or maybe pacifism.

    Passive means you don't take action and just let things happen. It's NOT a good thing.
     
  11. mioque

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    We have.

    2 pastors (male)

    a bunch of (well 5 of them) Elders (male)

    a choir director (male, considered a deacon)

    2 sundayschool teachers (husband&wife, he is considered a deacon)

    a charity official (male, considered a deacon)

    a verger (me)

    a large group of volunteers (both sexes)
     
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    Question 2 didn't have enough options ...

    We have discussion in SS, but I don't think the teacher makes sure his views prevail (i forget exact wording)

    We look up to our teacher with respect because he has much experience in the Lord and in life, and he is teaching the younger ... but he's always open to discussion and other ideas/opinions
     
  13. Bible Believing Bill

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    A couple of questions.

    When you say considered a Deacon, does that mean they have been voted in or appointed as a Deacon, or do these positions replace the position of Deacon?

    Also what is a verger?

    Bill
     
  14. mioque

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    A verger (or in Dutch, Koster) is the caretaker of the churchbuilding and the person who handles all the practical logistics surrounding churchservices and many other churchactivities.

    As for our 3 deacons. The title is handed out somewhat arbitrarely to important male officials of our church who aren't Elders/Pastors. It has little practical significance, except that after a function has been done by a (drumrolls) DEACON, it's out of bounds for women. We've had a female choirdirector in the past, but since our current choirdirector is perceived to be a deacon that's unlikely to happen again.
     

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