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Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 NIV

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“What is Seed and Service?”

Seed and Service is an initiative of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church  that focuses on the revitalization of two of the foundational activities of Christians that group themselves together as a worshipping entity (what we call a church).
  • Contributing to the growth of the church and the community by making a financial sacrifice (Seed).
  • Contributing to the growth of the church and the community by making a sacrifice of time and talent (Service).

Seed and Service is not:

  • A fund-raising campaign
  • A talent competition
  • A method to segregate based on who does what.

As a part of Seed and Service, the members of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church are encouraged to join us in a fast for the week ofJanuary 7-January 13, 2024. Tap below to read our Guide to Fasting and Prayer to get a better understanding of fasting and guidelines to performing a safe and productive fast.

Seed and Service is an opportunity for everyone to:

  • Have a renewed commitment to the Great Commissions’ exhortation to 
    • “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” 
      (Mark 16:15-16) 
  • To gain a practice understanding of what Christ meant when He said: 
    • “It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:26-28)
    • “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) 
    • “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) 

We want to know what you’re doing. Please tap here to document your Seed and Service Activities and the form below to upload photos and video. 

We have created a Seed and Services FaceBook group. Please join us. 

“How does Seed and Service work?”

  • Each member will commit to planting 2 financial seeds to the church in an amount of their choosing.   The seeds will be:
    • One amount for each year of life. (example a 50 year-old might commit $1/year for a total of fifty dollars).
    • One amount for each year of membership (example: someone who joined the church in the year 2000 might commit $2/year of membership (23 years) a total of $46.00)
  • Again….. This is not a fund-raising campaign, but a spiritual education campaign.   So, the focus is on how much participation we have, not how much money we receive.

“Why is New Zion participating in Seed and Service?”

IF the church is truly going to be the impetus and leader of the change that is necessary to address the chaos and decay of family and community around us, we must learn why God requires us to invest of ourselves in promoting change. Psychologists will tell us (and the Bible shows us) that we spend our time and money on things that are important to us. Seed and Service is an opportunity for us to commit to, and demonstrate that, spiritual change in the community around us IS important to New Zion.

Each member will commit to engaging in 1 (at a minimum) community service project each quarter of 2024 (4 projects minimum).

  • The projects can be a simple as:
    • volunteering to be a cafeteria monitor at a local school.
    • Visiting nursing homes.
    • Doing yard work for the elderly
    • Or as complex as:
    • Starting a youth mentorship program.
    • Getting involved in social justice initiatives.
    • Working on healthcare disparities in the African American community.