We have lots of ministries of service for our members to join, learning about Christ, serving and bringing honor and glory to God.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God… Ephesians 4:11-12
This ministry is responsible for day to day operations of the church office, accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, maintaining tax & financial records and preparing and submitting required reports. This ministry also supports computer, printer and telephone equipment located within the facility used for daily activities.
MINISTRY TEAM LEADERS: BILL GATLIN & LAURA CRAFT
This ministry supports and maintains the audio, video, and computer equipment located within the facility used for worship services. The ministry is also responsible for updating the church's website.
DEACON: SHAWN ANDERSON
The Benevolence Ministry has been established to provide financial assistance with a spiritual focus to the members of the Covington congregation and people in the Covington and Tipton County area, when such assistance is likely to be effective in helping a long term solution to his or her difficulty.
DEACONS: TERRY WALL & DAVID KEITH
BUILDING & GROUNDS
Our physical location is at 1690 Hwy 51 S. Currently the building sits on 5.72 acres (as per deed) and the auditorium seats 400 souls. We have a storage building for seasonal items as well as a “bus barn” were we keep 2 passenger buses and an enclosed trailer purchased after Hurricane Katrina in which we store disaster relief equipment. In order to be good stewards and maintain the property as well as capitalize on our location, the Deacons oversee the care of the building and grounds. The beauty of our building and grounds and the comfort in which we worship God can be directly attributed to our Building and Grounds team leaders. As with most buildings, maintenance, beautification and cleaning are never ending and there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.
DEACONS: JIMMY MCMAHAN, RUSTY CARTWRIGHT & DAVID STEWART
This ministry is responsible for planning the course of study for the ALL classes (Adult to Cradle), selecting teachers and maintaining records as to the courses taught and teachers utilized each quarter. This ministry is also responsible for planning and supervising the Vacation Bible School each summer. Vacation Bible School, or VBS, is a God centered program, usually during the first week of June, used to connect with children and families in their communities with outreach who don’t normally attend church and to teach them the gospel. Each year there is a theme which includes Bible lessons, skits, singing and snacks. The nursery ministry offers baby child care during services or special church events. CIA, which stands for Children in Action is comprised of birth to 5th grade. When the CIA meets – it is a family event.
DEACONS: ROBERT TRIMM (ADULT), CLINT SMITH (YOUNG ADULT), CRAIG ROBINSON (CRADLE TO 6TH GRADE), JOHN COMBS (GRADES 7-8) & KEN BRINGLE JR. (VBS, CIA & NURSERY)
This ministry handles fellowship and special events at the church. Jobs include setting up, cleaning up, developing creative themes or just helping out in general. This ministry is also responsible for providing articles to the local news media concerning activities of the Covington church and updating messages on the fixed sign located in front of the church building.
DEACON: J.J. BROWN
At 7:10 AM EDT - August 23 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore just south of Plaquemines Parish Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane and devastated the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. In no time money and help started pouring in to assist with the recovery. Three of our members accompanied another church in a cleanup effort and as a result of their report, the congregation at Covington raised over $11,000 in a special contribution. The eldership decided to use that money to finance five more trips by the church to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. As a result of our cleanup efforts on the coast, Life Support was born. Fortunately, we have not had to respond to a catastrophe of Katrina's size since she reshaped lives and hearts, but we have kept our skill sharp helping out at various Christian youth camps and children’s homes. Unfortunately, we have also responded to floods in Millington, TN, ice storms in Arkansas and Kentucky and tornados in Dyersburg, TN and Smithville, MS. We have purchased an enclosed trailer, stocked it with demolition and clean up tools as well as light construction tools. We stand ready to respond when our neighbors need a little Life Support.
MINISTRY TEAM LEADER: KEN BRINGLE
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19).
Currently we have mission points all over the world. While spreading the word of God to all corners of the earth, we are aware the mission field begins when we open the door. Click here for details of who we support.
DEACONS: JOHN COMBS & GRANT EDMONDS (CHILDREN’S HOMES)
This ministry is responsible for welcoming new members to our church and making sure they are informed of activities and opportunities for service along with sharing information about other members for fellowship. This ministry also maintains the baptistery located in the main auditorium making sure there is always water and accessible at all times.
DEACON: ALAN OTTS
The Covington Church of Christ is involved with two main areas of local outreach, Sunday Servants and House to House, Heart to Heart.
Sunday Servants is a fellowship program that meets on each Sunday night of the month at 6:30pm. Members write guest, sickness and birthday cards along with making visits. House to House began in 1994 with the idea of having churches of Christ throughout the world cooperating to seek and save the lost through direct mail. HTH is a bi-monthly publication that has grown to a circulation of nearly 3 million. It is distributed by over 1,100 congregations in 48 states and 8 foreign countries, and has been translated into four different languages. It has surpassed the circulation of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the USA Today. Every other month we meet together to label the newest edition of House to House to over 2000 homes around the Covington Church.
DEACON: DAVID KEITH
This ministry is responsible for providing security services to the building and property to make sure we are safe during worship times, events and even while we’re not assembled.
DEACON: BRANDON MATLOCK
This ministry is responsible for the maintenance of the church owned vehicles. This ministry is also responsible for supplying drivers for providing transportation for the elderly to the regularly scheduled services.
DEACON: TERRY WALL
This ministry is responsible for coordinating all of the Worship Services, Sunday AM and PM, Wednesday Evening.
DEACON: BENNY COLLINS