As the shepherd who cares for your soul, the senior pastor wants to know about any major events that occur in your life, so that he and the pastoral staff can respond in the appropriate way. Major life events include hospitalization and surgeries, death of an immediate family member, marriage, the birth or adoption of a child, going away to college, career changes, moving to another city or state, and changing churches. Greater Apostolic’s Shepherd Ministries and its groups assist the senior pastor in responding to these concerns and celebrations.
New Member Classes
New Member Classes and Fellowship Instructional Classes are designed to welcome, educate and integrate new members into our congregational life. Additionally, a mentor is assigned to each new member to facilitate, one to one, in this integration.
The senior pastor and pastoral staff believe in ministering to the whole person: mind, body, and soul. Pre-martial and marital counseling, individual counseling, and family counseling are offered free of charge to members. For an appointment with any of the pastoral staff, call the administrative office at (313)843-3660, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sessions are strictly confidential.
Holy communion is observed twice a year: during Holy Week in the spring (with foot-washing) and during Solemn Assembly in the fall (without foot-washing). Listen for announcements on the exact dates.
Greater Apostolic responds to family deaths of its members with funeral program assistance, flowers, and acts of love, care, and concern. Be sure to notify the church when you lose a member of your immediate family. The pastoral and the administrative staff will respond to you during your time of sorrow.
Weddings are booked on the church calendar after marriage candidates (members and non-members) receive approval from the senior pastor, sign a contract and pay the fee. To learn more about having a wedding at Greater Apostolic or to request a Wedding Protocol brochure, contact the administrative office.
Effective December 2017, baby dedications will be performed quarterly. The dedications will take place in a separate, small intimate service outside of the Sunday morning worship service. To schedule your child’s dedication, please contact Sister Patrice Smith at 313.843.3660.