TOUCH BY THE WORD MINISTRIES’ INC opened its doors for service on October 9, 2009. The ministry is incorporated and has its 501(c)3 designation as a non-profit (church). Originally the ministry was started as a small Bible study in the home of co-founders, Pastor Tony Mason and Evangelist Joyce Mason. There was little doubt that this was a leap of faith as the ministry was started with only six members.
At its core, Touch by the Word Ministries was formed to minister to the spiritual needs of all people within the community as well as to others from every walk of life. Touch by the Word Ministries has been assembled as a place of “refuge” for the hurting; the downtrodden; restore the fallen; to empower and to effect change within the hearts of every believer, and for those who are tired of the religious mindset within this region.
Touch by the Word Ministries is a dynamic progressive ministry sanctioned by God and unhindered by man-made philosophies or traditional religious practices. Our primary theme is “Not Church as Usual!” We’ve been given a specific mandate by God to advance His kingdom. The message of Jesus Christ is about advancing the kingdom of God.
Touch by the Word Ministries is a non-denominational apostolic church. The ministry consists of multi-racial and multi-cultural partners who love the Lord. God has mandated that we serve as a covering for those without a church home. The leadership team is governed by the Word of God and is committed to teaching sound biblical doctrine.
Due to the growth of the ministry, Pastor Mason was led to move the Sunday services to the local Holiday Inn Express on the third Sunday of each month. In April 2010, all Sunday services were moved to the Holiday Inn Express. God blessed the faithfulness of Pastor Tony (Joyce) by continuing to add to the ministry. The growth precipitated the search for a more permanent location.
Through divine intervention, Pastor Mason discovered the new home of Touch by the Word Ministries the moment he saw the building. On December 5th, 2010, the congregation held its first service at the present location, 8694 Madison Blvd Suite S, Madison Alabama.
Pastor Mason and Evangelist Mason focused on preaching and teaching the “apostolic vision” of Touch by the Word Ministries in 2011. The order of the house was set through this teaching. The vision of the ministry was articulated to the leaders, partners, and guests as the concept of the Five-fold Ministry Ascension Gifts was taught. The “Hand of God,” which incorporates all five-fold Ministry Gifts are essential to the fullness of God being revealed. Ephesians 4:11-13 articulates God’s ministry gifts to His church:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry; for the edifying of the body of Christ; Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;
Jesus Christ is the Head and we are members of His Body. As God’s ambassadors, we are called to exhibit the qualities (very nature) of the Kingdom of God. We are committed to teaching and preaching the Word of God with a simple approach. The primary job of the leadership team is that of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. Through several years of intense studying and research, Pastor Mason is thoroughly convinced that God’s blueprint for the 21st century church is based on the principles of the apostolic church. Pastor Mason has obtained an understanding that the Lord is interested in birthing, equipping and preparing leaders and lay-persons for the work of the ministry.
January 2012 is marked as a significant period for Touch by the Word Ministries. The ministry graduated three individuals from its’ Keepers of the Flame Ministerial Alliance course. The individuals were validated and answered their call into the ministry by preaching their confirmation sermon. The leadership team received apostolic accreditation as officers were installed and given their ministerial charge through “the laying on of hands.”
Touch by the Word Ministries has a progressive outreach program entitled “Outside the Walls!” Leaders and partners are motivated to go outside the four walls of the church to minister to those less fortunate. The ministry is ordained to go outside the walls; to the hedges and highways to minister to the less fortunate; to call the downtrodden to experience salvation and the backslidden to repentance and the weary to restoration. The ministry has conducted the following outreach services:
- 2010 Cookout to the residents of Butler Terrace Housing Area (Huntsville, Alabama)
- 2011 Outreach ministry conducted at Lincoln Park (Athens, Alabama)
- 2012 Back to School Rally at Hunter’s Chase Apartments
- 2013 Back to School Rally at Hunters’ Chase Apartments
Teaching is the foundation of the ministry! God has called the leadership of Touch by the Word Ministries to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ! God has shown Pastor Mason that the future is bright for Touch by the Word Ministries. We seek to please God in every way!