I’d like to tell you about an exciting
trip to scenic ports of call,
so let’s cruise!
A successful cruise requires several components: a vessel (usually
a ship), points of interest, and passengers. The Book of Exodus
records the first “transoceanic” crossing (the Red Sea), which
involved a multitude of people, but no ship. The Bible makes
several references to another “transoceanic” crossing (the Jordan
River); but, again, the people who made
the trip didn’t do so in a luxury liner. In
Mark 4, Jesus and the disciples needed
to “cross over to the other side.” In this
account, they used a couple of ships, but
then a storm interrupted their crossing.
The cruise that I am proposing is unique.
You can board at any time, the cruise
won’t cost you anything, and the ship
only makes two stops; but you will
experience and enjoy lots of exciting
things! Our ship doesn’t travel on
water––but don’t worry, it’s a legitimate
ship, I promise. And like most cruises, you
will get to know your fellow passengers
because you will be engaging in group
activities provided for you as you sail.
Ready to board?
This ship is a special vessel where you can follow the teachings
of God’s Word and then put those teachings into practice. Our
first port of call is Antioch South, which consists of three regions
broken down into ten points of interest and headed by competent,
experienced, and dedicated tour guides. The first stop is the
People Region: the Men’s Ministry, hosted by Deacon Ed Ponder;
the Women’s Ministry, hosted by Zina McNeal-Jackson; the Singles
Ministry, co-hosted by Min. Faith Brown and David Thomas; and
the Couples Ministry, cohosted
by Ronald and Angela
Mumford. Everyone can take
advantage of at least two of
these four points of interest.
Next is the Education Region,
where you can develop your
following of God’s Word: the Sunday School Ministry, co-hosted
by Deacon Derrick Glymph and Edward Duffie; the New Disciples
Ministry, hosted by Deacon Robert Merrick; and the Teachers
Ministry, hosted by yours truly. Each of these points of interest will
build your spiritual infrastructure.
Do you want to further enhance yourself? Stop
by the Enrichment Region: the Fitness Ministry,
hosted by Carl Britton, and the Adoption
Ministry, hosted by Ronald Mumford.
Our second port of call is Antioch North,
consisting of two regions, with six points of
interest. First stop is the People Region: the
Women’s Ministry, hosted by Minister Virginia
Smith; the Singles Ministry, co-hosted by
Pamela Nicholson and Brent Ellis; and the
Couples Ministry, hosted by Barney and Earline
The Education Region has the same three
points of interest: the Sunday School Ministry,
hosted by Krystal Coke; and the New Disciples
Ministry, hosted by Beverly Wright. Depending on when you board
the ship, this port of call will have additional points of interests
similar to the Antioch South port of call.
Written By Deacon Eugene Thomas, Director, Discipleship