Originally created 07/05/97

Ministry gives souls fresh start with music



A conference and clinic for anyone involved in worship services, called "A F.R.E.S.H. Touch," will be held Monday through July 12 at Second Baptist Church of Aiken on Hampton Avenue.

The acronym F.R.E.S.H stands for Fresh, Revival, Edification, Soul-winning and Healing.

"Our mission is to revive first century ministry," said the Rev. Douglas Slaughter, pastor and founder of Reach the World Ministries.

First century believers gave themselves to teaching, fellowship and prayer and the church grew because of that, he said.

"It takes the whole body," the Rev. Slaughter said. In the New Testament, there was no choir, the whole congregation sang.

"The choir is to lead, not be entertainers," he said. "There is a place for special singing, but the congregation should play an active part of the singing."

Ushers can also help create the right atmosphere for worship. Sometimes, the Rev. Slaughter has heard ushers complain about the attitudes of visitors.

"They could see that in two ways. This is someone who needs ministering to rather than somebody who is jolly," he said.

The Rev. Eli Wilson, Jr., from Brooklyn, N.Y., will teach music. The Rev. Wilson, music minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, is the founder of Chenaniah Ministries and headmaster of the Chenaniah School of Music.

More informationIf you go
What: A F.R.E.S.H. Touch
Who:the Rev. Douglas Slaughter and the Rev. Eli Wilson, Jr.
When:Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

worship 11 a.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where:Second Baptist Church of Aiken
How much: $20 for clinic, worship is free.
Information:(803)649-2665