Ministries of Discipleship and Teaching

Go and make disciples…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19,20)

  • Becoming a Christian involves much more than confessing Christ and being baptized, it involves accepting Christ's lordship in our life and embracing a lifestyle that affects everything we do. Just as Jesus worked daily with his disciples, teaching them how to live, we too are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) and changed into the likeness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). We look forward to that glorious day when he shall return and we shall be like him (John 3:3-4). The ministries of discipleship and teaching are all designed to assist in that transformation process.

    Many of these ministries are targeted for peer groups in our congregations (i.e. youth groups, parents, newlyweds, singles and senior citizens). There are times when people who have common needs and common situations can find help best from their peers. Many times however, the help and advice we need is not available from our peers. We need to listen and learn from those who have already been where we are. The scriptures instruct our older brothers and sisters to teach the younger. To help implement that principle at Quaker Avenue, we have mentoring programs in which our older members are available to the younger ones for spiritual fellowship and counsel.

    All of these programs are designed to assist us in becoming more like Christ. Making us like him is one of the most important tasks Christ accomplishes through his spirit. He is our example, our model. Whether the ministry is a Bible study or a sports activity, the goal is to make us all more Christ-like. Perhaps one of these ministries is where you will fit in best at Quaker Avenue.
    All Ages
    Life Institute
    Each Tuesday is offered Bible study for the congregation and for all in the community who might desire it. Opportunities exist to assist in preparation of materials as well as recruiting students from the community.
    Life Group
    Members are encouraged to become involved in our small group ministry called "Life Groups." These groups provide opportunity for building spiritual relationships through praying for one another, studying together and sharing fellowship in the Lord. Opportunities exist to host and lead these groups.
    Young Children
    Quaker Kids
    This is a ministry to our elementary children on Wednesday evenings. The children learn and develop relationships through a wide variety of programs as well as significant involvement from older students and adults.
    His Kids
    Each Sunday at the end of the service our pre-school and elementary children are dismissed to the Youth room for a story time. Though these devotionals are short and simple, the children enthusiastically look forward to them each week. Various members conduct the story time.
    Youth and College
    Jr/Sr High Students
    On Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings our junior and senior high students meet for devotionals and fellowship. Several members provide support for these ministry times.
    Summer Excitement
    Each summer in June the congregation hosts between 100-200 young people for a week long leadership school on the campus of Lubbock Christian University. The week requires scores of volunteers for multiple tasks (preparing meals, manning concession stands, transport and set up of equipment, registration of students, planning party events and general clean up, just to name a few tasks).
    College Students
    Each Sunday night our college students meet in the home of one of our members for Bible study, fellowship and food. Various activities are planned throughout the year as well.
    Ladies Study
    On several Wednesday evenings throughout the year our ladies are encouraged to attend Bible studies especially designed for women's spiritual growth. Periodically they also provide programs that give opportunity for older women to spiritually mentor our younger women.
    Ladies Retreat
    Every year the ladies plan special gatherings for spiritual teaching and encouragement. Sometimes these gatherings focus on the ladies at Quaker Avenue but every other year they sponsor a regional retreat, bringing in outstanding speakers and providing rich fellowship.
    Family Matters
    From time to time several workshops and seminars are offered to address various marriage and family issues, ranging from programs like preparation for marriage, marriage enrichment, parenting and family discipleship, step-parenting and divorce care.
    Carillon Service
    Each week our members provide teaching and worship leading for the elderly community at the Carrillon Senior Center just two blocks from our building.