Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pit Stop Ministry

Karl Bozeman has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school. He and his wife showed me God’s love before I had any concept of God’s mission. Their influence began about fifty years ago…and it still continues today. Karl directs men’s ministries at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church; he mobilizes men. Karl equips and empowers men to give their skills and talents to God, using them to minister to people.

In the ongoing dialogue about whether churches should seek to be attractional or incarnational, Mimosa Lane Church has decided not to split hairs trying to decide. Instead they simply invite people to come to be served in very tangible ways. That is what Pit Stop Ministry is about.

Senior adults, single moms, and those living on limited incomes drive to the parking lot of Mimosa Lane’s Pit Stop ministry, often in cars that would not pass inspection and consequently could not continue to be driven. During their visit, men and women of the ministry team will do a vehicle inspection and correct most problems. Additionally, they will perform routine maintenance on the vehicles to keep them operational. And for many of those serving, it is the first time they have found something they feel competent to do in ministry.

What is the cost? Nothing. These services are provided without cost as a ministry to bless recipients much like Jesus did when He walked the Judean hillsides. As I listened to men and women talk of how God has blessed them through Pit Stop ministry, I was convinced that this ministry attracts people not just because it is free, but because it expresses Christ’s compassion in very real ways. And that is incarnational!

I hope that you will be blessed as you watch the brief video that Karl Bozeman and the Pit Stop Ministry team allowed us to produce. Perhaps God will use their story as a catalyst for your own church in finding a creative expression through which Jesus-in-you can bless the people in your community.

This Missional Church Center video can be viewed by clicking here.

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