"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while."
BLD NEWARK WORD MINISTRY
“Proclaim the Word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths, But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.” (2 Tim. 4:2-5)
The Word Ministry is entrusted with propagating the Word of God through written and spoken means. The Ministry seeks to promote the firm rooting of God's Word at the personal, family, and apostolate levels of the community in order that we may receive the fullness of the personhood of Jesus Christ and that His Word may become the light upon our feet.
Through our covenant relationship with the Lord Jesus, as disciples we commit to be a countersign to all that is at war with the teachings of our Lord, and to emerge victorious in living and sharing the values of our Christian faith.
We are defenders and proclaimers of the Word of God.
We, the members of the Word Ministry, brought together by obedience and a desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ, dedicate ourselves to the service of our community by proclaiming the Word of God.
Through electronic and print media, that the ministry show forth the community as a "city set on a hill" and to let its light "shine before men." (Mt 5:14,16) So that the work of God through the community may become known, attract those seeking the Light of Christ, and provide refuge to those seeking to escape the darkness of the world.
To nurture and promote the love of the Gospel of Christ, so that it becomes our guiding light.
Through the weekly newsletter, proclaim the Word of God, impart the spiritual direction for the community, and share spiritually inspired articles that exhort the community in their faith journey.
To reach out to inactive members of the community and outreaches via the regular mailing of the Covenant News.
Publish and circulate the weekly newsletter, reflecting the Sunday's Readings and Gospel; maintain and develop the community's presence in the worldwide web.
Conduct regular Living Word Groups (LWG) and seek the Word of God to receive direction for the ministry.
Provide spiritual articles based on liturgical readings.
Plan, write, edit, publish and circulate the weekly publication for distribution to members, outreaches, BLD districts, and the Archdiocese of Newark. Implement Readers' Training at all levels of the community. Promote the community's activities and mission through the BLD website.
Observe community norms and values; guide and encourage one another with the Word of God; observe the covenant of communion; intercede and love one another with the love of Jesus.
Governing Body – Since the ministry is responsible for the dissemination of information to the community, it works in close coordination with the DCS in ensuring that the newsletter is able to accommodate in a timely manner, the publication of time-sensitive articles and communications. It also coordinates with the governing body with regards to the community calendar, DCS LWG schedule, and
community directions and exhortations.
Inter-ministry – Word actively solicits materials, news, updates on events, ministry-related articles from other ministries to make sure the community is made aware of their various projects. Also to highlight the witnessing and work of the different ministries, how it affects individuals and the community, and in this manner uplift the Body of Christ.
Intra-ministry - We maintain a high degree of communication among ourselves on the ministry level as our
work involves deadlines and on a personal level as we support, encourage, minister to one another.
January - Review past year's events.
Easter - expanded issue with special articles about Easter.
Christmas - expanded issue with special articles about Christmas.
During the year - special articles about different ministries.
Calendar planning for the CN is 2-3 months in advance.
COVENANT NEWS - CONTENTS AND PRODUCTION
Counsels - is the heart of the newsletter as it contains the scriptural message to the community as discerned by the DCS and in accord with the theme and direction provided by the Council of Servant Leaders of our mother community.
Word - contains the scriptural readings for the coming Sunday. Order-What the Community needs to follow for the week, as discerned by the DCS and based on the readings of the upcoming Sunday.
Reflection - "Struck, insights, and comments of the DCS." God's Promise for the Week- as discerned by the DCS from the Sunday readings.
Direction - Provides guides, pointers, and exhortation to the Community to achieve the order.
Lead Articles - Contains news, messages, notices from Manila, the community, outreaches, Spiritual Director, Archdiocese, or the Church. Generally two (2) articles per issue. 1st lead is approx. 250 words, 2nd lead – 150 words. Deadline: 5 days before date of issue or Monday night for events the weekend before issue.
Pathways - Topic to be agreed upon by the editorial board. It may be based on reflections from the readings during the week or any community issue or concern. Normally published twice a month, are exhortative in nature. Articles are approx. 450-470
words. Deadline: one week before the issue date.
Features - Articles that need research work. Topics may be about the life of saints, liturgical feasts, virtues, Sacraments, reflections, etc. Word count is 450-470 words. Deadline: one week before the issue date.
Unsolicited articles are welcome. This will be scheduled and used as soon as there is an opportunity. Scheduling may also be determined by season, complementing topics, etc.
In the Spirit of Transparency - This is the voice of the DCS, exhorting/explaining/clarifying issues for the community. Approximately 470-480 words submitted to the editor 5 days before date of issue.
Regular items due 5 days before date of issue:
The Lord's Provision
Mission Immersion Program
Word wealth, bible trivia provided by CN Coordinator.
On-going training and development of members serving the community through the Word Ministry is a priority. These include the training of editors, writers, and publishers. Jesus managed by objectives. He prepared Himself from childhood to accomplish His mission. Just so the ministry, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, must equip its workers with the practical knowledge to accomplish his/her responsibilities with the humility and wisdom of Christ.
For more information, please contact Word Ministry Coordinator