March 10, 2014, 7:24 PM

The New Church on the Block - The Way Community Ministries, Church of Christ

In the past two and a half months, Lawrence Murray, and several others, have planted a new church that meets on Oklahoma Christian University’s campus called The Way Community Ministries. The Way is an organization that does ministry a church of Christ that meets for worship services on Sundays and Wednesdays. The Way is a new church focused on ministering to the needy in the Oklahoma City area and actively reaching out to bring the disenfranchised back into a healthy community.

One method The Way uses to accomplish this is what they call a kindness project. According to Murray, the churches senior minister, the kindness project is not only an avenue by which to help those who are less fortunate, but also an opportunity to show love to those who do not receive it on a regular basis.

“Our early refuge team, goes to different parts of the city, feeding the homeless and clothing them. Sometimes we may go into shelters and other places,” Murray said. “The arc of our kindness project is to do this every month, not just on Christmas and Thanksgiving.”

According to Associate Minister Carl Lewis, last month’s kindness project was a success. Members of The Way set up a table in downtown Oklahoma City, on the corner of NW. 10th Street, and Classen, giving away free clothes to those who needed them and also providing hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks to the hungry and homeless. “The kindness project is our ability to go out and minister doing different types of things, whether that’s feeding, clothing or even ministering to the different needs of the people who are out in the community,” Lewis said. “The kindness project covers a number of different types of activities that we will have in the community.”

Kenneth Jackson is the S.H.A.P.E ministry leader. S.H.A.P.E stands for Spiritual gift, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience, yet another ministry, helping people to discover their gifts, and find a purpose for them in the Church so that they feel needed. Jackson believes it is important that The Way does not take credit for the work that is being done.

“The kindness project is really getting out into the community, and once again, being who Christ would have us to be,” said Jackson. “When we have the mindset that it is not about us, but it’s about someone else out there, it will enable us to be who Christ wants us to be. And that’s to be a loving people, his representatives here on earth and to do the things that he did, to just be that body, that type of people who can really minister and care for those who can’t fend for themselves.”

The Way Community Ministries can be found online at The Way is a great organization, which is in the Oklahoma City area, that is striving to bring hope and support to people who have been down on their luck, or for whatever reason, cannot help themselves and their families.

By Bowdrie Langston


03-10-2014 at 7:25 PM
Carl Lewis
Great article, Bowdrie. The Way really appreciates the exposure.
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