By Ken Carver
Special to the Baptist and Reflector
COLLIERVILLE — They are a “Circle of Friends.” They have no organization chart. No elected leaders. No budgeted funding. They keep no minutes. Yet they minister mightily to the widows of Collierville First Baptist Church.
God has called these 20 women to serve the church’s widows in ways that the church’s deacons — who also have an active widows ministry — can never do. They complement the deacons’ ministry. Officially, they are an arm of the Woman’s Missionary Union.
In October the Circle of Friends celebrated their fifth anniversary of service with a luncheon that brought together many of the 135-plus ladies under their care. At the event, senior pastor Chuck Herring voiced his fondness for the Christ-centered ministry, noting that the idea did not come from a ministerial staff member, something he deeply admired. [Read more…]