God asks the church to be a community of people sharing a common purpose and fellowship, continually growing in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. Paul describes the church as “his body, the fullness of him who filleth everything in every way” (Eph. 1:22).
The Personal Ministry Department’s primary focus is evangelism. Its goal is to help prepare men and women for the kingdom of glory. The Personal Ministries Department works closely with other church departments to assist in their evangelistic efforts.
At the local church Personal Ministry is the umbrella where all ministries collaboratively support the discipleship of every member as we prepare people for the second coming of Christ.
A. Personal Evangelism Preparation (PEP) Training: PEP focuses on four main areas of ministry: (1) Personal Bible Study Ministry, (2) Small Group Ministry, (3) Health Outreach Ministry, and (4) Lay Evangelist Ministry. It provides the curriculum and materials for each of these areas so that a pastor or personal ministries leader in the local church can organize and provide training opportunities in the church. PEP is an integral part of Lake Region’s plan to empower every church to be a training center for Christian workers.
B. Festival of Faith: It is a mini-evangelistic decision-making weekend that builds on the truths that nonmembers have been studying. Many decisions for baptism are made during this retreat.
C. Festival of Discipleship: The Festival of Discipleship encourages this development in new members. Through small groups and actual out-in-the-real-world opportunities, those who attend are introduced to Christian discipleship.
The Sabbath School Department provides support and training for each Lake Region Conference local church Sabbath School Leaders. The fundamental goal of Sabbath School is to disciple members through Bible Study, fellowship, community outreach, and world mission.
Prayer Ministries is to spiritually strengthen and support every ministry, pastor, and administrator at every level of the church by fusing the three fundamental elements of mission—prayer, Bible study, and ministry.