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 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone,
the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Recreation is anything anyone enjoys and chooses to do in their leisure time.  How is this important to a ministry?  I believe people are more apt to share the gospel message while doing something they enjoy.  People tend to listen to people they have things in common with and respect.  With this basic foundation, we can give birth to a ReCreation Ministry.

A ReCreation Ministry should have three basic functions/focuses: 

  1. to unify the church body (the people) - Colossians 3:12-16
  2. to be a witness to a lost people - Acts 2:32-33a, 46-47
  3. to help both new and not so new converts pursue a healthier life spiritually, physically and emotionally - Philippians 2:1-4
    This happens by way of:

• evangelism training
• fellowship opportunities
• educational programs
• small group and topical study groups
• structured and self-guided recreational opportunities

Recreation Ministry should always use scripture as its foundation, motivation and visualization.
(Its beginning, middle and end)

Recreation Ministry is NOT a sports club! 

            Church Recreation when properly administrated will
                              Spiritually Re-Create churched and unchurched; saved and lost
                                          → People!

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Melinda Loftis,
Minister of Recreation & Single Adults

Melinda (Mel) Loftis has a BS in Church Recreation from Southwest Baptist University in Boliver, MO.  Melinda works with all age groups to provide recreation/leisure-time opportunities where they can grow spiritually while ministering to others. Melinda has been on staff at Parkview since May of 2002 and truly has a wonderful love for the Lord and serving Him.  Melinda has been married to Paul since January 25, 1997.  Since then God has blessed them with tow boys: Josiah & Wyatt.  Melinda, Paul, and the boys live here in Tulsa.  Contact Melinda at 492-4545 or by email.

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