During the past 25 years, the congregation has grown from roughly 140 to 2,000 people. The congregation has taken on a “whether rich or poor – educated or uneducated – healthy or sick – powerful or the powerless” mentality. The vision is to show Great Compassion to those who are struggling; whether spiritually, emotionally or materially. The congregation considers showing compassion to those in unfortunate circumstances the same as showing compassion to Christ himself.
At JaxNaz, a desire to serve others in a variety of ways has increased. Originally, a community food pantry was opened in a small closet at the church and food began to be distributed. The desire to serve more families continued to grow, causing a small group of people to gather monthly to strategize. In a short time, this small group grew into a larger group of ministry leaders who now simply want to love others unconditionally with Jesus’ love.
Other ministries have grown; a community Thanksgiving Dinner, a breakfast for children who are in foster care, a ministry for families who experienced a house fire, a ministry for people needing clothing and a prom for adults with special needs, are just some of the ministries that have become part of this body of believers. In August of 2010, the church hired a Compassionate Ministries Director, Terry Williams. Because of the growth God provided to the ministry, Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County was founded in October 2012 under Terry’s leadership. Today, leaders of each compassionate ministry meet monthly to share, dream, network and seek God’s direction. Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County’s board of directors also meets monthly, overseeing the operations. The passion to love others is stronger than ever. We continually pray for His guidance as we serve our brothers and sisters in Jackson!