Last Sunday Pastor Logan challenged us by reframing Acts 6:7, “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in [Utah] greatly.” How exciting! But you may remember that didn’t happen in Jerusalem until after the broader body of Christ was empowered for the work of the ministry. (If you missed last Sunday, you can listen to the audio recording here.)
God doesn’t call anyone in His Kingdom to merely be a consumer or a spectator. In Christ He has created us to be contributors and participants, and He equips each of us accordingly. Before considering where God may have you serve, lets take a moment to explore how He has gifted you. To help with this, we’ve found a couple online resources.*
The first is this spiritual gifts test. (You can listen to Pastor Logan’s message on spiritual gifts here.) After answering a series of questions, this survey will highlight what are most likely your top three spiritual gifts. It will then provide a description of what that gift is and help you visualize the use of that gift by answering the question, “How can I use this gift?”
The second resource is this personality test. Again, you’ll answer a series of questions, but this time you’ll receive insight into your specific personality type. It will provide you not only with a general explanation, but the opportunity to “Explore Your Type.” You’ll especially want to read through the sections “Strengths & Weaknesses,” “Friendships,” and “Workplace Habits.”
Next, take some time to answer the following two questions: What two age groups and/or life stages am I most drawn to (e.g., children, teens, college students, singles, couples, widows, etc.)? What two causes am I most passionate about (e.g., homelessness, worship, refuges, orphans, human trafficking, prayer, suicide prevention, addition recovery, etc.)?
Now let’s consider how your answers to those questions and the results of those surveys might look lived out at CrossPoint Church. Below are existing service opportunities that we would love for you to get involved in:
Facilities Team. We want to be “good and faithful servants” (Matthew 25:21) of all God has given us, including our buildings.
- Maintenance. Buildings require upkeep and those that serve in this area will help with regular maintenance, such as changing air filters and light bulbs and fixing leaking sinks to helping with larger scale projects like painting and renovations.
- Cleaning. Dirt is good in that it is a sign of use, but it doesn’t make the best impression on our guests. Those that serve on this team will oversee specific areas of the church, making sure they are picked up clean both before and after each service.
- Landscaping. This seasonal team will have plenty to do as they mow the grass, edge the walkways, pick up trash and debris from the parking lot, weed flowerbeds, and rake leaves.
Worship Team. The psalmist exhorts us, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalms 150:6). We begin each service by singing God’s praise! The worship team is not a group of performers, but men and women that have themselves been worshipping God during the week and are prepared to help us focus our minds on Him.
- Vocals. If you can sing or are learning to sing you can help lead worship.
- Instruments. If you play an instrument or are learning to play one you can accompany our vocalists.
- Tech. The tech team constructs presentation slides, runs sound and light, and records the sermon.
First Impressions Team. The author of Hebrews encourages hospitality, reminding us, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). The first impression team works to make a positive impact on those that come through our doors.
- Greeter. God values every person that comes through our doors and we want them to know that we do too! Greeters are positive and outgoing individuals that welcome worshippers with a smile, answer their questions, and make sure they know where to go.
- Refreshments. Before each service we serve refreshments to our regular attenders and guests. Those that serve in this area can help by making coffee, setting out the food, and cleaning up after the service.
- Safety. Members of our safety team make sure we’re doing all we can to provide a safe worship experience. This includes everything from making sure outside doors are closed, walking with the children as they’re dismissed to class, and relieving greeters to welcome late attenders.
Youth Ministry Team. Jesus said, “Suffer little childrentocomeuntome, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:14). Teaching children the Word of God, from the nursery to the teens, is both an amazing opportunity and incredible responsibility.
- Nursery. Those that serve in the nursery provide a loving and peaceful environment for infants. They encourage parents to enjoy the worship service and work to put their minds at ease.
- Children’s class. A children’s teacher has a love for the Lord and for children. His or her desire is to see children saved, growing in faith, and enjoying the children’s ministry. This person must have a hunger to teach God’s truths effectively and efficiently. A helper assists the teacher. The children’s class helper is vital. He or she sees the need of the teacher and the children, and then takes the lead in meeting those needs. The helper has a love and a servant’s heart toward the Lord and children.
Hospitality Team. Members of this team understand that serving others is the same as serving God (cf. Matthew 25:34-40). They help take meals to the sick or shut in, send flowers to those that have lost loved ones, as well as cards that they’ve gotten the church to sign. This team would also help follow up with guests by writing cards and making phone calls.
Small Group Team. Small groups are intentional gatherings that happen on a regular basis for the purpose of community and spiritual growth. It’s within small groups we can obey the command, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).This team is composed of the small group leaders.
In the coming weeks, beginning May 6, we’ll be highlighting these different areas and give you an opportunity to ask questions and join a team. Yet, you may be aware of some need or opportunity that isn’t on this list. That’s great! You’re going to have a chance share those ideas as well. We want to equip and support you as God leads. In the meantime, let Acts 6:7 be your pray and ask God to use you to that end!
*Though it should go without saying, we’ll say it anyway: CrossPoint does not necessarily endorse all the content on these third party sites.