Pastor of the week: Transforming worship, discipleship, mission

caines | 5/30/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Church offers diverse worship to all ages Rev. Eddy Moise, Jr., who was appointed to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Pompano about three years ago, has declared this year as a time of transformation. Throughout the year, the church has focused on transforming their worship, discipleship, and mission. One of the many ways that the church has evolved is through its recent establishment of their contemporary 8 a.m. service, which was added in addition to their 11a.m. traditional service. The 8 a.m. service, usually lasts no longer than one hour and 15 minutes, and attracts mostly a group of young adults. In a contemporary style, the worship consists of full band and praise team. Since starting the service in March, Moise, who received the idea as a vision from God, has noticed a positive response from the community and church members. He has had more people in attendance because of them either waiting to attend an early service or to experience a different type of worship. Were striving to offer something for every culture and every generation, Moise said. Some folks may like to worship in a contemporary aspect, some may like a traditional aspect.

Transforming to serve in mission and ministry

The contemporary service expresses the churchs mission to be both a multigenerational and multicultural church. Some of the other ways the church upholds its mission is through their feeding ministry, donations to disaster relief, an annual toy drive, a school adoption program and a community empowerment forum. The church partnered with Sanders Park Elementary in 2010. Through the partnership, they have helped the school by providing assistance and resources. The church also holds a big Mens Celebration Day each year in an effort to encourage young men. This year, over 200 young men were in attendance. Successful men sat on the panel and spoke with the youth. In the past, Trayvon Martins father was a guest speaker at the event. Moise said the churchs main thrust is to reach beyond the four walls and give back to the community. He challenges each of the churchs ministries to carry out a mission project on a quarterly basis. For instance, an upcoming event is the mens ministrys visit to a nursing home. Moise is a native of Brooklyn, New York has been married to the first lady Roberta for 16 years and has three children Eddy III, Elizabeth and Emanuel. Moise says he is a firm believer that People ought to see the sermon through the life that I lead and not just the words that I speak. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com