Barbican Baptist Church regards itself as “the friendly church”. The role of the Hospitality Ministry is to ensure that this mandate is executed. One of the most important calls that Christ gives His church is to be welcoming to people. We are His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20), so, Jesus uses us to be His welcoming arms to draw people from the outside into His presence! He is the Seeker; we are the ones He seeks, and sometimes we are the ones He uses to seek others. It is God's desire that all of His children will be saved, and, yet, few will accept His grace. It is the role of the Holy Spirit to save people, and we are the instruments through which He works. So, we must be a church who welcomes not only Believers, but also those who may never before in their lives have been inside of a church. This ministry of Hospitality has the role of being His ambassador.
Hospitality is a willingness to share, with discernment, what God has given us, including our family, home, finances, and food. It is an attitude of stewardship. We believe that, for someone to feel comfortable at this church, he needs to make a connection, build a relationship, and feel welcomed. People need to feel that this church is their church.
The auxiliaries under the auspices of the Hospitality Ministry include:
- Usher board
- Soup kitchen (cross reference with Local Outreach Ministry)
- Dedication of infants
- Record and communications with visitors
The Hospitality Ministry will help Barbican Baptist Church to be the friendliest Church in Jamaica.
Barbican Baptist Church to be the friendliest church in Jamaica.
The situational analysis of the Barbican Baptist Church in respect of the hospitality ministry is as follows:
- Very good cooks;
- Hospitality Team work well together
- Good rapport with visitors when follow up is made
- Finding Volunteers who are willing to serve
- Young people present but being underutilized within the Church
- Within an aging community with large components living below the poverty line.
- Provide and serve refreshments to visitors each week;
- Serve refreshments to Sunday school weekly;
- Continuous recruiting and training of Ushers
- Soup kitchen requires new tools
- Work together to achieve goals by showing hospitality to members and visitors in a kind and loving way.
- Pots and cooks required to cook and serve shut ins;
- Volunteers required to serve refreshments to Sunday School
- Plan social for members at Watch Night Service
The proposed budget for the Hospitality Ministry over the next 5 years is eight hundred thousand (J$800,000) Jamaican dollars.