The mission of the GTOM Education Ministry is to promote spiritual, intellectual and social advancement and achievement within the Body of Christ. We provide educational and programmatic opportunities to nurture and encourage these areas of personal growth to our youth and adult membership: education; employment and entrepreneurship; financial responsibility and well-being; cultural awareness, cultural appreciation; and Christian service and outreach. We envision a Body of Christ with members who are growing in Christ and reaching their fullest potential.
The Education Ministry offers an Annual Member Scholarship Fund, to assist college-bound and collegiate members in purchasing books and supplies for the upcoming school year. Quarterly, the Education Ministry hosts Youth Member Achievement Awards during Sunday service, issuing certificates of recognition to display the various academic, althletic & recreational achievements of youth members.
EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Education Ministry provides an Employment Binder, which is located in the sanctuary of the church for all those who are seeking job opportunities. Additionally, the binder displays information on those members who are entrepreneurs. The employment binder is updated bi-weekly.
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & WELL-BEING
Over the past 5 years, we have hosted numerous classes in homeownership and financial literacy. Members have graduated to becoming first-time homeowners, accessing local down payment assistance funding and acquiring safe and affordable mortgage loans. Others have learned how to solicit, read and make improvements to their free annual credit report. All participants have learned the value of applying biblical financial principles when managing their finances.
CULTURAL AWARENESS & APPRECIATION
Each year, during the month of February, GTOM honors the countless contributions and achievements of African Americans to history during Black History Month. Youth are encouraged to participate in the MLK Essay Contest. Each Sunday during this month, a member of the church presents a poem, essay, or biography of significant persons and milestones within Black History. The end of the month marks our Cultural Dessert Fest and Celebration, where members are encouraged to attend service in clothing indicating their cultural background. In addition, pastry items from various cultures are prepared and donated to the Dessert Fest, which raises monies for the Education Ministry Membership Scholarship Fund.
From September 15th to October 15th of each year, the Education Ministry also hosts Hispanic Heritage month. Each Sunday during this month, a member of the church presents a poem, essay, or biography of significant persons, places and milestones within the Hispanic Heritage. Christian Latin music in the form of songs and praise dances are incorporated into our Sunday services throughout the year.