Central Church of Christ is a diverse congregation of individuals with various skills that are useful for ministry and the furthering of the Gospel in the Tri-Cities area of Upper East Tennessee. Central currently supports several ministries that we would love for you to get involved with. We can use you and you can make a difference in our congregation and our community for the cause of Christ!
Youth and Family Ministry:
Children are precious to the Lord, and they are to us, too. We have on staff a full-time Youth & Family Minister, and many others work to make sure our children are taught God’s word and are provided activities to help them develop in their relationships and learn the value of serving others.
We have on staff a part-time Campus Minister who organizes activities for college-age young adults. 708 Ministries is based in a house owned by Central, located at 708 W. Maple Street, Johnson City (very near the campus of East Tennessee State University). Weekly devotionals, special activities and service projects, retreats, etc. all combine to help college students have a home-away-from-home.
Monday Night for the Master
This ministry is an effort to encourage service to the Lord through serving others. On Monday evenings we meet at 6:00 for a hot meal, a time of prayer, and then launch into various tasks. We will help you find an area of service in which you’ll be comfortable using your talents for the kingdom. (There are some months in the summer and winter we do not meet; call for details.)
This ministry is an effort by ladies of Central to provide diaper shirts for children in Nicaragua, lap robes for local nursing homes, and other needed items that involve fabric and sewing. Even if you don’t sew, your assistance is valuable in making these projects a reality. The group meets every other Wednesday afternoon.
This ministry is an outreach to neighbors who come from other countries. Our goal is to help them learn to use the English language more effective by using the Bible as a resource. We have had students from Turkey, Thailand, South Korea, China, Mexico, Guatemala, and other nations.
The foster closet at central is a “store” of clothing, shoes, toys and books that are made available to foster children in our area. When a family receives a new foster child, they often come with only the clothes they are wearing. These items, carefully laundered and sorted, are made available free of charge.
A Food Pantry
Our food pantry is maintained to help those in our community who need this sort of help. The pantry is stocked by donations from members as well as the local food bank. Distribution is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as certain other special events.
World Bible School
World Bible School and other Bible Correspondence Courses are ways of helping others learn the truths of God’s word. We have students in the United States and in many nations around the world. Volunteers are always welcome!
NewLife Behavior Ministries
This is one of Central’s newest ministry efforts to take the gospel into the community. In 2016 our elders agreed to assume oversight of this effort that teaches life skills to inmates in local state prisons by pointing them to Bible principles. Courses on substance abuse and anger management are being taught, and other courses will be added in the future. View more information here.
For more information on any of these ministries and how you can get involved, call the church office at 423-282-1571.