The strength of the church of Jesus Christ lies in the ministry of its members. BBC has long held to the tenet that every member of our local church should be a minister. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). We have all—every believer in Jesus Christ—partaken of God’s saving grace and should all therefore be involved in the ministry of working out this grace towards other believers and towards the lost world. That is the definition of ministry: “the outworking of the grace of God in salvation through Jesus Christ unto good works.”
Ministers are not only those who labour “fulltime” in service for Christ; we all are to labour “fulltime” for Him. They are not only those who receive remuneration for their ministry since our work of ministry is to be as service to Christ. We are all participants in the salvific grace of Christ and also recipients of daily grace through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Romans 12 tells us that our “reasonable service” (v. 1) is to “serve the Lord” (v. 11) with all our ability.
BBC has many able ministers who carrying on the work of the ministry. A lot of ministry takes place each week at BBC. We are extremely grateful to our Lord for how He has enabled each member to serve.
But one thing we do not encourage is a simple “volunteer” mentality. There are many service organisations in South Africa today which are run on a volunteer basis. The church of Jesus Christ is more than that. We do not simply serve our fellow man; ministry is not a humanistic endeavour. We serve Christ (Ephesians 6:7), willingly, obediently and fastidiously. We serve Him with conviction and duty, with a sense that we can never do enough, that we owe Him everything and that to serve Him is both a privilege and a solemn duty. We can never repay what He has given us. We are bound to Him, we will and must serve until we die (Philippians 2:17).
By following the links to our ministry pages, you will learn more about the ministries of the church. Of course, there are always “silent” ministries—kitchen workers, offering ushers and counters, lockup and security teams, audiovisual technicians, etc.—that are not specifically mentioned in these pages, but we trust that the information on our ministry pages will help you to understand something more of the “public” ministries of the church.