Ministry of Discipleship
The Ministry of Discipleship exists to provide opportunities for SLBC disciples and others to deepen their faith and develop the lifestyle of a Christian
disciple through learning and applying God’s Word to their lives. It is our goal to equip persons to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith, and become actively involved in the ministry of our local church. We want those who share in the learning process not merely to learn Bible stories or the contents of the Bible, but to understand the truths held in the Bible, and to find application of such for their daily living.
The Ministry of Christian Education and Discipleship and its component areas provide a key opportunity to edify and evangelize. It is for this reason that all who serve on our Christian Education staff become as well versed as possible in God’s Word; that we might take advantage of this opportunity and seize the moment to instill in all of our students a desire to live for God and to become active in discipling the world in which we live.
The component areas in this ministry are:
- Sunday Morning Bible Study (for all ages) – Sunday 9:45am
~ This Sunday Morning learning opportunity exists to provide Christian instruction for the entire SLBC family. Classes exist for toddlers through senior adults. A
standard curriculum as well as “specialty classes” are provided throughout the normal calendar year.
Beginners - Instructors: Deacon Vivian Clayton and Kendalyn Sumter
Primary (ages 6-8) - Instructor: Pamela Jones
Junior (ages 9-11) - Instructor: Tiesha Williams
Youth Male (ages 12-14) - Instructor Robert Whitehead
Youth Female (ages 12-14)
Youth (ages 15-18) - Instructor: Rev. Aisha Taylor
Young Adult Women (ages 19-35): Tiffany Smith
Women - Instructor: Min. Sonya McMillan
New Discipleship Class - Instructors: Deacons Cleophus Pelt, Gregory Anderson, Linton Gaines and Vivian Gaines
Children's New Discipleship Class - Instructors: Deacon Stacy Arrick, Sr. and Susan Corbin
Men's Bible Study Class - Instructors: Pastor Clayton and John Harris
- Wednesday Bible Study (12:00 Noon and 7:30pm)
~ Are you free at 12:-00 Noon on Wednesdays? If so, join us for this Bible Study hour as we journey through the Bible and find life applicable lessons at
lunchtime. Our evening Bible Study offers class for adults. Lessons are presented in a clear applicable manner to challenge students to understand and live
according to God’s Word.
- Young Adult Bible Study (Wednesday 7:30pm)
- Christian Education Institutes (Spring and Fall)
~ A variety of classes offered for a week in the spring and fall to provide special learning and instruction in different areas and subjects beyond those being
studied in other classes.
- New Discipleship Class
~ The first class that ALL persons who join MUST attend. These classes provide essential foundations about the church and our basic Christian beliefs.
- Marriage Enrichment Ministry
- Women’s Ministry
~ This ministry allows the women of the congregation to fellowship and grow together as they confront specific issues that relate to women from a biblical
perspective. This ministry hosts Women Only Worship (WOW) Services, Retreats/Conferences, monthly Women’s Bible Study, and other events aimed at
helping sisters grow through Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Outreach, and Service.
- Men’s Ministry
~ This ministry allows the men of our congregation to fellowship and grow together as they confront specific issues that relate to men from a biblical perspective.
This ministry provides a Men’s Bible Study, All Male Worship Services, Retreats, Workshops, and other events aimed at helping men grow through Worship,
Discipleship, Fellowship, Outreach, and Service.
- Sisters Helping Each Other - "S.H.E." (Single Mothers Ministry)
~ This ministry is designed to provide spiritual and emotional support for single mothers in our congregation. The ministry meets twice per month and the
ministry meetings are posted in the church bulletin.
- Children’s Ministry – "J.A.M. City"
~ The children of our congregation are important and special. Every Friday night (September-June) children ages 5-12 meet for fun, fellowship and faith building.
Opportunities exist for them to learn about Christ, the Church and the Word in an age appropriate manner.
- Youth Ministry – "F.R.E.E. Fridays"
~ The SLBC Youth Ministry is an exciting component of our congregation. Youth ages 13-18 meet every Friday night for a challenging time of discussion, study,
and fellowship. The youth ministry hosts outreach events, a retreat, and participates in local, regional, and national youth gatherings.
- Young Adult Ministry
~ The Young Adult Ministry is geared toward the population of SLBC age 19-35. This ministry hosts a weekly Bible Study and other fellowship opportunities for
those in this age group.
Min. Sonya McMillan,
Associate Minister for Discipleship