The ministries at The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church are in existence in response to the mandate given by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:13 which states “Ye are the salt of the earth…” Salt has a number of positive properties. It heals, preserves, disinfects, and makes unsavory things tasteful. Each one of our ministries is designed to accomplish these four things in the Spirit. The duty of the Church is to be a source of ministry, help and hope for the surrounding neighborhood, greater community, the city, state and nation. All of our auxiliaries, groups and departments are designed to strengthen and equip the believer and to win the unsaved to Jesus Christ.
A.P. Hines Memorial Library
The church library is named the A.P. Hines Memorial Library and Media Center in honor of the late Pastor, Rev. A.P. Hines. Pastor Hines served for many years along with his wife Mother Clara Hines, as the spiritual leader of The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church until his illness rendered him unable to server as pastor. The church congregation has the opportunity to advance and grow spiritually through reading in the study of God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the use of audio/visuals. The library lends books and other important materials to serve the needs of the congregation. We invite and welcome your participation with gifts or memorials to the library. We are very thankful to God for this wonderful tool in advancing the ministry of our Church.
Children’s Church is a special worship time for children. It takes place concurrently with the 11:00 service. Children’s Church is located in the Mitchell Auditorium. It is divided into segments devoted to the children and their needs as follows: Devotion time, Activity time, Missionary time, Class Time, and Snack time. The objective of The Children’s Church is to teach children about Jesus Christ, so that each child will accept Jesus as his/her personal Savior and Lord.
“Train up a child in the way that he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6.
Serving infants and toddlers from birth, until 4 years of age.
Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF)
The Christian Women’s Fellowship promotes the development of a closer relationship with Christ through the study of God’s Word, worship, prayer and fellowship with other Christian women. CWF is designed to teach women practical and spiritual balance. They seek to impart the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other women who may have no knowledge of Him.
Christian Counseling Ministry
Although our Christian counselors often use skills from the field of secular psychology and counseling, they recognize that the Bible, not psychology, is the final authority. Therefore, our counselors seek Biblical responses to day-to-day issues in order to carefully discover those areas in which a Christian may be disobedient to the principles and commands of Scripture and to help him learn how to lovingly submit to God’s will.
Evangelism Team (E-Team)
The Evangelism (“E”) Team is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the Kingdom of God and the spread of the Gospel wherever it can. The E-Team utilizes testimonies, witnessing and prayer tracks to spread the Word of Jesus Christ while they are canvassing the local community. Their goal is to promote spiritual guidance and growth in Christ. The E-Team also ministers to individuals in correctional facilities. They share the message, that there is a better way of life through Jesus Christ.
The Goldenites promote fellowship and Bible study for senior adults at The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church. The group engages in various activities, i.e., once a month shopping expedition, health care programs, and much more. The Goldenites Group is open to any member of Open Door who is over the age of 50 or others who would like to participate in the activities.
Health and Community Services Ministry
We are “IN” the world, although not “OF” the world; and we need information that will help improve the quality of our lives as Christians. The Health and Community Services Ministry brings useful spiritual and secular knowledge together for the growth and edification of the church body. The Health and Community Services Ministry sponsors events such as the Annual Health Fair, college and career fairs, as well as various plays.
Hope for Hurting Hearts Ministry
After the death of someone you love you don’t have to go through the pain alone. The goals of Hope for Hurting Hearts Ministry are:
- To provide insight and assistance to persons who have personally experienced the death of a loved one or who are dealing with a impending death of a loved one.
- To train and equip persons with knowledge, insight and skills who want to be able to effectively minister to someone who has experienced the death of a significant person in their live.
Horace Rickerson Scholarship Committee
The Horace Rickerson Scholarship Committee was established in 1982 in memory of the late Rev. Horace Rickerson. The purpose of the committee is to provide scholarships to members of Open Door who are in good standing and wish to attend college or further their education. The Horace Rickerson Scholarship Committee annually hosts a scholarship banquet, sponsors shopping excursions, musicals and also produces the church calendar which includes member birthdays and various anniversary dates. Since its inception, the scholarship committee has awarded over 173 scholarships with the maximum amount awarded to a recipient of $1,000.00 and the minimum amount of $500.00. July is the official month for the Horace Rickerson Scholarship Fund. All members are encouraged to contribute to the fund.
The Hospitality Ministry provides the initial greeting to all parishioners that enter the doors of Open Door. They also provide the our personalized welcome to our visitors via the Welcome Address.
The Hunger Center distributes food for the church members and families who have specific needs and who are residing within the surrounding community. Additionally, the Hunger Center has developed a collaborative effort with the Missionary Society whereby clothing is also distributed at the same time families receive food. The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church funds the Hunger Center. The Hunger Center distributes food on the Friday after the third Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
The Media Ministry of The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church records all Sunday morning worship services and various special services such as Revivals, concerts and annual days. The CD’s, and DVD’s are available for a nominal donation.
The Missionary Society is an “umbrella” organization whereby all missionary ministries of Open Door are a part. The purpose of The Missionary Society is to promote Christian missions through programs of mission study, prayer, community missions and stewardship. The Missionary Society conducts regular visits to area nursing homes to provide devotional services, reading to patients, basic grooming and talking/walking with patients. The Missionary Society is involved in a collaborative effort with the Hunger Center, whereby food and clothes are distributed on the Fridays after the 3rd Sunday of each month. The Missionary Society, along with the E-Team, conducts routine visits to the Justice Center and/or shelters in order to minister to the male and female populations.
The Music Ministry is responsible for the delivery of “The Word” in song. I includes the Children’s Choir, Appointed to Praise (A2P), the Male Chorus, and Voices of Open Door
Praise Dance Ministry
Our mission is to minister to the masses and demonstrate the Power of Jesus Christ in the form of dance and music. Whereas some may respond to other forms of ministry, this ministry may reach some by articulating God’s goodness, love and mercy through worship in spirit and truth through the art of dance.
Youth Ministry & Youth Church
The Youth Ministry (grades 7th – 12th) helps the teen deal with the many challenges, temptations, and peer pressures that are peculiar to this stage of their life. The Word of God is made relevant and applicable to their daily lives.
*** Please consult our weekly bulletin of meetings dates and times.