We are excited to announce new areas of focus for two of our staff members!
Steve Durand will serve as our Pastor of Compassion Ministries, mobilizing our congregation to serve those in need both locally and globally. He won’t be far from Family Ministries, however, because one key objective of his new role will be to provide opportunities for families to serve together. Steve will continue to be a great resource for counseling and coaching families as they disciple their children to follow the Lord.
Alba Kellejian will serve as our Director of Family and Children’s Ministries, coordinating the efforts of nursery, preschool, elementary, and Student Ministries to guide parents as the primary spiritual influencers in their children’s lives. Alba has formed incredible bonds with both parents and children over the last five and a half years as she has nurtured our families to grow in their relationships with Christ and one another. We are thrilled to see Alba’s leadership continue in this expanded capacity.
Read more about these areas of focus below.
The goal of BCC’s Compassion Ministries is to motivate and mobilize the church to pursue missional living every day: to dedicate time, energy, service, and financial resources to those in need both locally and globally, and to follow Jesus’ example by tangibly expressing God’s love to the poor, the widowed, the orphaned, the vulnerable, and the marginalized.
The Pastor of Compassion Ministries will:
- – Raise awareness within the congregation of compassion-related needs and opportunities (local, national, global)
- – Develop and promote local compassion service opportunities for the church with an added emphasis of helping families serve together
- – Develop, coordinate, and lead short-term mission trips
- – Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, community organizations, and other ministry partners
- – Provide pastoral support and act as a liaison to BCC-supported missionaries and other global partners
- – Raise awareness within the congregation of the specific work and needs of BCC-supported missionaries and other global partners
- – Provide leadership oversight for the church’s Benevolence Ministry and funds
Scriptural Foundation: Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
“Family-as-Church” and “Church-as-Family”
“Family-as-Church” means helping parents recognize that they are ultimately responsible for the spiritual guidance of their children and the church’s role is to support them in that effort, helping to equip parents to disciple their children in the context of their daily lives together.
“Church-as-Family” means enabling God’s people to relate to one another more like a family. We are called to nurture one another within a rich matrix of intergenerational relationships. When this takes root in a church, children and teenagers find their lives intertwined with more mature believers who become spiritual parents and grandparents. Married couples mentor singles, and new parents learn child-rearing from empty nesters. The entire congregation works together to meet the needs of widows and orphans.
Family Ministries will support, equip, and inspire parents to spiritually lead their family and partner with them to create opportunities for the whole family to recognize God, His work, and experience His love, as well as give them opportunities to exercise their spiritual gifts to bring glory to God and edify the church.
Being under the umbrella of Family Ministries, Student Ministries continues to view the family as church and the church as family. However, Student Ministries understands that the middle school and high school years are a period when students transition from having their parents as primary nurturers of their faith to taking hold of their faith as their own and having God be the primary nurturer.
Help students and their families “Know God, Love God, and Live for God” in an environment where students feel valued, a sense of belonging, and a purpose for their lives.
To Know God
- – Know the Gospel of Jesus Christ
- – Know and experience the transformed life God offers us through His Son
- – Know what the Bible is all about (Meta narrative)
To Love God
- – Know what God has done for us through His Son
- – Develop an appropriate response to God
- – Worship of our Lord and Savior
To Live for God
- – The greatest commandment
- – The greatest career = ambassadors of Christ
- – The great commission = make disciples
- – The greatest connection = John 15