What Do You Do At Your Church?

I got a great start in full-time ministry. After being discipled and trained I became one of the foundational leaders of the Epiphany Fellowship Church. To give you some perspective, I’ll use computing terms to describe my various ministry roles.

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My first position was the Stewardship Director. I know it’s not the dopest title, but it was probably the best position for me at the time. I functioned as an

I functioned as an un-ordained executive pastor who aided the lead pastor in accomplishing God’s mission in the city by planning, implementing strategies, and overseeing the ministries of the church. My job was to lay the financial foundation of the church so I applied for our 501(c)(3) status, set up our business checking account, and developed budgets. I led in the acquisition process for our current worship space, and then oversaw its renovation. I’ve also played a key role in the purchase of our church vehicle as well as sound equipment. I implemented codes of conduct and employee files, made hires, handled payroll and expense reports, and reconciled the accounts according to all the state and federal laws. I also managed a $40,000 basketball court renovation plus a number of other random tasks. I did the stuff that was 100% necessary and that 99% of people don’t want to do.

My job was to lay the financial foundation of the church so I applied for our 501(c)(3) status, set up our business checking account, and developed budgets. I led in the acquisition process for our current worship space, and then oversaw its renovation. I’ve also played a key role in the purchase of our church vehicle as well as sound equipment. I implemented codes of conduct and employee files, made hires, handled payroll and expense reports, and reconciled the accounts according to all the state and federal laws. I also managed a $40,000 basketball court renovation plus a number of other random tasks. I did the stuff that was 100% necessary and that 99% of people don’t want to do.

I’ve also played a key role in the purchase of our church vehicle as well as sound equipment. I implemented codes of conduct and employee files, made hires, handled payroll and expense reports, and reconciled the accounts according to all the state and federal laws. I also managed a $40,000 basketball court renovation plus a number of other random tasks. I did the stuff that was 100% necessary and that 99% of people don’t want to do.

I also managed a $40,000 basketball court renovation plus a number of other random tasks. I did the stuff that was 100% necessary and that 99% of people don’t want to do.

1.0

I’m grateful for that position because it taught me so much about the church. However, after I trained a director of operation to handle the day-to-day management, I was ordained and became the Connections Pastor. This role is a lot more up my ally. I’m in charge engaging unbelievers and assimilating them into life in the Church and connecting our local congregation to the mission of the Gospel. I couldn’t be in a more fulfilling place.

This role is a lot more up my ally. I’m in charge engaging unbelievers and assimilating them into life in the Church and connecting our local congregation to the mission of the Gospel. I couldn’t be in a more fulfilling place.

My position now includes preaching, teaching, and leadership development. I also created and now oversee the assimilation process as well as the macro, mini, and micro outreaches of the church – I’ll explain these outreaches in another post. I call it the “on the

I call it the “on the block role.” My responsibilities necessitate me being in the community, building church/school partnerships (which have been highly effective) and partnering with other organizations in the city to provide care for the residents of the Camden.

2.0

We’re currently in the midst of some transition. By God’s grace, our church is commissioning of three church planters in January 2017; so, I’ll probably train someone to run the connections ministry and move to more of an advisory role. I’ll continue on

I’ll continue on mission but focus more on filling in the gaps and rebuilding the leadership infrastructure. I’ve probably left some stuff off of the list, but I hope this gives you a little more insight into my role at Epiphany Camden.

Ernest Cleo Grant, II

Ernest Cleo Grant, II (@ernestcleogrant) is the Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden, a graduate of Reformed Seminary (D.C.), and is currently completing his Doctorate of Education from Stockton University. He and his wife Sarah have been married for almost a decade and have two children( Amaela and Chancellor). He's an avid reader, a community advocate, and has bylines in The Witness, Christianity Today, The Star-Ledger, Desiring God, and other publications

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