Ministry is not just something the “professional clergy” does, but something all Christians are called to do.
The Bible gives a wonderful overview of the process by which the Church grows and matures:
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. — Ephesians 4:11-13
God gives some leaders to the Church, who (through the ministries of shepherding and the Word) equip the church members to exercise their own God-given gifts. The use of these gifts, in love and service (or “ministry” – same Greek word) to one another, causes the Church to grow.
God has blessed University Bible Church with some very gifted people with hearts for service! Here are some ways UBC serves the Lord in ministry.
Small Groups & Bible Studies
UBC has a variety of small groups and Bible Studies in which we learn and grow, develop deeper relationships, and pray for one another. In addition, our Sunday morning class equips people by giving them tools to understand and live out the Christian life, while our Wednesday night Bible Study is a topical or expository study focused on the Bible.
The men’s ministry exists to transform men into committed disciples of Jesus Christ, thereby affecting their families, workplace, church and community. Our definition of manhood, based on the Men’s Fraternity curriculum (by Robert Lewis), is: a man “rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously, and invests eternally.”
Our women’s ministry exists to support and encourage women’s spiritual growth, to help women get to know one another, to provide opportunities for women in the community to know Christ, and to spread the gospel. We have several strong study groups, as well as regular luncheons to nurture this community among our women.
We take God’s command to teach His Truth to children very seriously at UBC, all while the children have a great time! We want kids to LOVE to come to church, we teach them the Bible while they’re here, and we help equip parents to teach their children how to live a Christian life. Kids Church starts at 10:45AM with a snack and lesson video. At 11AM the children go up to the sanctuary to worship with their families and then go to their classes.
Teens gather every Sunday afternoon for Bible Study – check our UBC calendar for special Teen events!
After our undergraduates take that next step and graduate, they get involved in one or more of the various adult groups AND join 20/30. This is an outreach and fellowship ministry for those in their 20s and 30s. They meet monthly for various fun activities. All in that age range are welcome!
Our worship team exists to foster praise and adoration of God among the congregation, both at public services and individually. We meet weekly for practice as well as leading on Sunday mornings, and at other services. This team is an opportunity for discipleship and community as well as service to the Lord.
Missions ministry’s purpose is to support and send out short-term and long-term missionaries who cross cultural, linguistic and/or geographic borders, as commanded in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:18-20. We also develop relationships between our congregation and our supported missionaries, to encourage trips and raise up future missionaries; UBC has had a long history of both missions support and developing missionaries from within the congregation. We support organizations like Wycliffe, Cru, Jews for Jesus, Delhi Bible Institute and Camino Global.
We offer a free weekly English as a Second Language class for those in need of learning basic English. This class, taught by a certified ESL teacher, also provides fellowship and new friendships for those new to L.A.
Our outreach ministries strive to share the gospel explicitly through many different means, including passing out literature, prayer walks, and gift giving. We meet regularly to go out to the streets and talk with people. We want to show love to our community by telling them the good news about Jesus and His love. Prayer also is vital to this ministry, for we know that God must soften hearts and draw people to Himself. We also offer several fun, free outreach events to the community throughout the year including the annual UBC Carnival, Splash Party, and Harvest Festival.