Resolutions for improvement are commonplace this time of year, even among churches. So it should come as no surprise that Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines, which continues to evolve under the leadership of Pastor Joshua Farrell, has plans to improve its offerings in 2014 while remaining focused on preaching and teaching the word of God in ways that apply to everyday life.
“One of the bigger things we will focus on in 2014 is maintaining our outreach and teaching people how to do that. We think of our Sunday services as a teaching time as we equip them to work for t
he ministry,” says Farrell.
Farrell, who became senior pastor at the church in March 2011 and is a third generation pastor, also wants to increase the church’s supplemental ministries by implementing a vacation Bible school, Sunday school for children and Men’s Prayer Group in 2014. He cites the Women’s Bible Study Group that was established last year as a model of success to emulate.
“The Women’s Bible Study Group has been a great ministry and it has really taken off,” he says.
“We’re tentatively planning on starting a new vacation Bible school in June or July. It would be for an entire week and open to children kindergarten through sixth grade. We’re also starting a Sunday school class for kids. It’s part of our efforts to provide more children’s programs because we’ve seen attendance of children at our church more than double from a year ago,” says Farrell. “That’s a result of more young families attending our church, which is energizing.”
The Men’s Prayer Group launches Jan. 25 and will meet on the fourth Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. at the church. It will include a light breakfast and will encourage participants to lead their families in prayer at home.
“As much as the ladies are engaged and encouraged in their group, we want to see that for the men, too,” says Farrell. “We want all of our members to grow in their spiritual walk.”
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday morning worship: 10:30 a.m.
Sunday evening worship: 6 p.m.
Wednesday prayer service: 7 p.m.