Mountain Bible's Mission Not Impossible

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Many churches pass around the collection basket, but at Mountain Bible, it's the other way around.

The church offers a special series of classes that teach personal finance based on the Bible because people are raised with different concepts of money, said church member and secretary Kim Lower.

Crown Ministry helps married couples and other church members learn how to save and budget their dollars, how to reduce debt, and most importantly, how to resolve money differences.

"(Crown Ministry) is a 10-week program that draws all its principles from scripture on how to handle money," said Associate Pastor Kraig Jones. "There are something like 3,000 verses in the Bible that help people deal with finances from a biblical perspective."

At Mountain Bible, congregationists are not only encouraged to find answers to their financial questions, said student minister Donovan Christian, many come to ask the more difficult questions: What is God's purpose for me? Why did God create me as human being?

Christian said the church encourages parishioners to ponder these questions and apply them to their lives.

Part of that introspection is giving back to the community, and though Mountain Bible is in the beginning stages of its search for a senior pastor, the church continues to fulfill its mission's philosophy to love God and love people.

Over spring break about 30 youngsters from the student ministries traveled to a church in Mexico to perform a youth ministry.

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Associate Pastor Kraig Jones, Greg Schloesser, Executive Pastor John Williams and Youth Pastor Donovan Christian agree that Mission Possible is one of the most exciting events ever at Mountain Bible Church.

Although only a couple of the student ministers spoke Spanish, they were able to play games, craft and entertain local children with bible stories.

The young ministers also helped repair the church as needed.

Recently the congregation formalized their mission statement, and made their church's new vision, Mission Possible, public last Sunday, said Christian.

The congregation was challenged to go out and love God.

"God has called us to love Him and to love people," said Executive Pastor John Williams. "We love God first. The other parts of that are to know Jesus personally, to grow in our relationship with him and to go and serve him. The theme of it is: Mission Possible."

Church administration called upon the congregation to assemble a creative team for the Mission Possible series.

Jason Davis, a muralist by training, joined Greg Schloesser, Myrna Haar, Karen Frewin and Deanna Tatum to answer the call.

Together the team came up with the design -- that looks similar to a NASA control station -- then painted the dynamic space-age backdrop in the chapel.

The church added contemporary music and changed the chapel lighting to match the audio-visual sermon.

Three other members also answered the creative call and performed a short play, which told members, "This is the mission if you decide to accept it."

Women at Mountain Bible are meeting this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to decide how they can better achieve what God has asked of them.

Sunday services are at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Mountain Bible is an evangelical free church and is located at 302 E. Rancho Road in Payson. Call (928) 472-7800 for more information.

This story is a another part of the Roundup's continuing series on how the churches in the Rim country add beauty and grace to our community.

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