The church began as an extension of vacation bible school in the Bridge Lake Point Neighborhood. Every Monday and Tuesday during the summer of June-August 2003, we held vacation bible school at 49 Waunona Woods Court, Madison, Wisconsin from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Reverend Stubbs taught vacation bible study. Each night the children received a lesson with study questions attached. We prepared dinner at the end of each night so that each child would leave with a full course meal. The students were awarded prizes, gifts, toys and McDonald’s gift certificates. Reverend Stubbs rewarded the children for turning in all of their homework, good attendance and participation.
At the end of the summer, we held a birthday celebration for all students born in the month of July. We experienced such an overwhelming response from the community, landlords, neighbors, friends, agencies and parents. Our community became enlightened with our church presence. After Vacation Bible School (VBS) was over, we experienced children constantly knocking at our door requesting for a continuation of VBS. The Property Management, Joining Forces for Families as well as other agencies located in our community noticed a decrease in children playing in the buildings and a reduction of complaints from tenants and homeowners. Everyone who had a stake in our community was in agreement that during the past summer, the activities that the children participated in were a great success. Our mind, body and soul were so excited to have touched the hearts of so many children. We could not disappoint them. We prayed about it and asked Jesus for strength.
In June 13, 2003, the trustee board spearheaded by Mother Linda Hoskins, signed and documented governmental documents for our church body to be approved for legal worship by the government agencies of this state and country. During that time the church body prayed knowing that all was fulfilled and we had the victory through Christ Jesus Our Lord.
On June 27, 2003, after much prayer, patience and seeking God’s face our prayer had manifested, we received the governmental documents approving our church to be legally and officially known as End Time Missionary Baptist Church.
There was a lot of praising and rejoicing for what God has done. God has answered our prayers and made known unto this church body what plans he has in store for us.
We will praise the Lord at all times his praise shall continually be in our mouth, for he has done marvelous things in our lives and among his people. The scripture tells us in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law happy is he.”
On December 7, 2003, End Time Missionary Baptist Church officially opened. We were located at 49 Waunona Woods Court in Madison, Wisconsin. Reverend Stubbs invited a few guest to join us in such a momentous occasion. We had a beautiful service and afterwards we had a prepared dinner immediately following that morning worship service. We started with approximately five members. We had a total of thirteen members join in January 2004. We are a small size church but we have a heart of compassion. We spent a significant amount of time fellowshipping together.
Our membership began to expand so rapidly until we outgrew the building. We began to look for another place to worship. We thank God for allowing us the opportunity to worship at 49 Waunona Woods Court.
In February 2004, we relocated to the Wingate Inn Hotel. We held Sunday church services at 11:00 a.m. in the large conference room. Reverend Stubbs was employed full-time at the Madison Concourse Hotel, as the Restaurant Manager /Hospitality Trainer in the Bistro/ Room Service. He dedicated himself to the ministry.
In May 2004, he resigned as restaurant Manager to be a Full-time Minister of the gospel. On July 1, 2005, we moved to 6424 Bridge Road. During this three-year term we enjoyed watching our ministries grow. Our Leadership Class was launched and we begin to move from membership to discipleship. We begin our building fund drive and held special events to assist our ministry.
On July 1, 2008, we moved to 1007 Stewart Street, Madison, WI. One year later we had to move because of some zoning issues. On July 31, 2009, we moved to 906 Ann Street, Madison WI. On June 3, 2009 we change our name to End Time Ministries International. On March16, 2010, we moved to 6723 Seybold Road, Madison WI, On June 1, 2015, we moved to 6708 Watts Road, Madison WI, until May 31, 2018.
On June 3, 2018 we held our first service at the Hawthorn Suites and Hotel. Due to the limited availability we held services also at the Sheraton Hotel and the Radisson Hotel.
End Time Ministries International is a local, Bible believing, Bible preaching, Bible living, Bible teaching New Testament Church. A church is not a building, or an ecclesiastical Hierarchy, but a local called-out body of believers in Jesus Christ assembled together. We assemble for praise, worship, teaching, preaching, inspiration, winning of the Lost, and for food for the soul to remember. End Time is an organism of regenerated persons who have been baptized on profession of their faith in Jesus Christ. They are united in covenant for worship, instruction, the observance of our Christian ordinances, and for service to the Lord. End Time Ministries International is a Non-Denomination Church. End Time Ministries International is distinctly a Fellowship as defined herein: A Fellowship, which embraces all ministries, churches, individuals, or other constituents that acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. End Time Ministries International is inclusive to all baptized believers who acknowledge and accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit. End Time Ministries International is in communion with all who agree and are willing to abide by the set forth structure outlined both in the vision of the Fellowship, and the policies implemented thereof.
What is a Non-Denominational church? What do non-denominational churches believe?"
Answer: This question really has several answers, and they can either be simple or complex. The simplest answer is that a non-denominational church is any church which is not part of a larger denomination. A denomination is a church organization that exercises some sort of authority over the local churches that comprise it. Examples of denominations are Southern Baptist, Episcopal, Wesleyan, Methodist, etc. Non-denominational churches go by many different names and hold to a wide variety of beliefs. Why do some churches choose to be non-denominational? Though the answers will vary somewhat, a major consideration is the freedom to direct the ministry and teaching of the local church without interference or control from without. When we look to the Bible, the evidence points to each church as self-governing and answerable directly to God Himself.
In the book of Acts, where we read of the first missionary journeys and the establishment of many churches, there is no indication of a hierarchy of authority beyond the local elders of the church. Some people point to the Jerusalem council in Acts 15 as a pattern for denominational structure, but it is nothing of the sort.
The Gentiles had been given the gospel under the ministry of Paul and Barnabas, by the direct authority of the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2; 15:7). The churches established in that first journey were left under the care of elders (Acts 14:23) from their own ranks, after having been taught by Paul and Barnabas. When the council was called at Jerusalem, it was not because of any question of organizational structure or control, but to discuss doctrinal matters about what constitutes salvation (Acts 15:5-6).
The apostles who had been directly commissioned by Jesus were the only people who could properly address the question authoritatively. When a church is non-denominational, does that mean it has no need of other churches? That may be the belief of some, but it is certainly not the example we find in Scripture. The book of Acts and the New Testament Epistles make it clear that the churches communicated with one another regularly.
As Paul and his companions made their missionary journeys, it was not uncommon for the believers to send letters to the other churches (Acts 18:27), or to greet one another through his letters (Romans 16:16). Likewise, when there was a great need, the churches worked interdependently to meet that need—for example, the collection for the famine in Jerusalem (Acts 11:29; 2 Corinthians 8:4).
The various churches of the New Testament, though independent, self-governing bodies, were definitely connected in fellowship and cooperative ministry, giving us an example to follow today. The measure of any church, whether inside or out of a denomination, is not how it is organized nor what name it is called, but rather how faithfully it adheres to the teachings of the Word of God. No church is inerrant, because churches are made of people who are capable of error. Even the apostles, with all the gifts God gave them, were not without error.
Paul records in Galatians 2:11 that “when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.” Peter, the first to give the gospel to a Gentile, gave in to pressure by the Judaizers to separate himself from Gentile believers. Paul's ability to confront Peter was not based on his position as an apostle, but on the revealed truth of God's Word. Paul complimented the believers in Berea (Acts 17:11) for checking his own teaching against the Bible to find out if he was telling them straight doctrine.
All believers need to be like the Bereans, checking what we are taught against the Word of God to find out if those things are so. If our church is out of line with God's Word, we must lovingly, patiently give instruction or correction. If it will not be corrected, then we should seek out a church that is faithfully obeying God's Word.