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More Than Caring

More Than Caring“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”

James 2:15-16

 

It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own life that we forget about those all around us who are in need. We can’t save the whole world, so we don’t try to save just one. “Someone else will help”, we think as we walk away. But James says that we have to do more than just “care” about the poor, we need to help. In his book, “Irresistible Revolution”, Shane Claiborne shares about a survey he took of American Christians. He found that 80% believed that Jesus spent time with the poor. When asked if they spent any time with the poor, only 20% of the same group said, “yes.” Shane concluded, “We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what He did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours.” James talks about our apathy toward the poor in this way, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”  It is not good enough to care about the poor. If we follow Christ we need to do something.

 

 We have to ask ourselves, “Where are we making a difference?” Is it in the entertainment industry? Is it in business ethics? Is it in the societies’ views on sex and marriage? Is it in the justice system? But, you say, “That is the world’s system.” That’s my point! When did we abdicate the decisions on morality, love and justice to the world? When did we leave the room? Why isn’t our corporate witness making a difference? Why isn’t the love of  God in His people making a bigger difference in the world? It can, if we choose to live according to His word.

Over and over again in the Old Testament we read about God’s judgment on His people for turning their back on poverty and injustice. God was appalled at the fact that the poor were ignored. In his classic book, “Visioneering”, Andy Stanley shares what he felt was Nehemiah’s compelling reason for casting his vision of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Andy points out that Nehemiah told the people, “Come let us rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Why rebuild the walls? Because the torn down walls were a disgrace to God and His people. One translation uses the word “reproach”. The torn down walls, the disgraced city was a disgrace to anyone who called themselves a Jew and brought reproach to God in front of all the nations. We need to see that the American Suburban Church sitting with all its wealth and resources, with neighbors all around in utter poverty is the same reproach to God. Why? Because it is a gross misrepresentation of the love of God. As a result, the world does not see God or His church as a significant influence or reason for hope. Instead, our Government and corporations are seen as the savior of the solution to blighted communities. We need to glorify God by showing what His power through His people, people of all races working together, can do. Then maybe the world will join in on the song, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”

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We Have A Great Hope

WE HAVE A GREAT HOPE

We have a great hope
that together
we can make a difference,
that one day we will see:

the promises of our faith,
the fruits of our labor,
and the results of our perseverance.

With churches reaching out to communities,
sharing the gospel and meeting the needs of
the poor and needy, we believe it is possible to have:

Neighborhood sanctuaries full,
 integrated with people from all races
praising God together.  

Streets that are safe to walk on,
without gangs or violence.
 
Families intact, so no spouse or
child will ever suffer from abuse.

Every student excelling, in good schools,
having an equal opportunity
to reach their fullest potential.

The elderly living in comfort and dignity,
in communities with neighbors
of all ages, races and income,
gladly loving each other.

Job readiness, retention and advancement for all people,
allowing families to earn the income they need.  

Mixed income neighborhoods,
not displacing the poor, but living as equal.
 
Every person with enough to eat,
no more need for homeless shelters,
soup kitchens or begging on the streets.

Every family with access to the best medical care.

We have this hope because of the living God,
His Word and His Church.

A hope kept alive,
because we are the called ones
commanded to live a life of love.

But hope without obedience is despair
and faith without works is dead.

Therefore we will strive, one community at a time,
churches joining other churches
making a difference
house by house, street by street
fulfilling His great desire, that

“as you have done it to the least of these,
you have done it to me.”   
      
REO

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For more information on how your church can get involved in reaching the community e-mail Ron Ovitt at ron@calvaryop.org and we will send you a copy of Close To The Heart of God. Also go to www.layministry.com for helpful materials.

Do you want to know more about your Spiritual Gifts? CLICK HERE to download your free Spiritual Gifts Test and Workbook. 

To learn more how you can get started in ministry, CLICK HERE to download your free copy of How Am I Wired For Ministry?
 

Are We Jesus?

We are called to make a difference, yet as a church we have to ask ourselves, “Where is the proof of our existence?” Is it in the entertainment industry? Is it in business ethics? Is it in the societies’ views on sex and marriage? Is it in the justice system? But, you say, “That is the world’s system.” That’s my point! When did we abdicate the decisions on morality, love and justice to the world? When did we leave the room? Why isn’t our corporate witness making a difference? Why isn’t the love of  God in His people making a bigger difference in the world? It can, if we choose to live according to His word.
 

Over and over again in the Old Testament we read about God’s judgment on His people for turning their back on poverty and injustice. God was appalled at the fact that the poor were ignored. In his classic book, Visioneering, Andy Stanley also uses the story of Nehemiah as the basis for his book. Pastor Stanley shares what he felt was Nehemiah’s compelling reason for casting his vision of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. What do you think the reason Nehemiah rebuilt the city was? Was it for protection from their enemies? That is certainly important but not compelling. Was it beautification? That is nice but not enough. Was it so they could reunite as a nation and become an economic power? While national unity and pride is important, Andy Stanley pointed out that Nehemiah had another compelling reason for rebuilding the walls. Nehemiah told the people, “Come let us rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Why rebuild the walls? Because the torn down walls were a disgrace to God and His people. One translation uses the word reproach. They were a disgrace to anyone who called themselves a Jew and brought reproach to God in front of all the nations. 
 

We need to see that the American Suburban Church sitting with all its wealth and resources with neighbors all around in utter poverty is the same reproach to God. Why? Because it is a gross misrepresentation of the love of God. As a result, the world does not see God or His church as a significant influence or reason for hope. Instead, our Government and corporations are seen as the savior of the solution to blighted communities. We need to glorify God by showing what His power through His people, people of all races working together, can do. Then maybe the world will join in on the song, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”  
 

In their book “Calling” Frank Tillapaugh and Richard Hurst gave six reasons why the average person in the pew is not involved in ministry. The one reason that spoke to this issue was what they referred to as Church vs. Kingdom. Their opinion is that the Church has lost the sense of what the word Kingdom means. Jesus spoke of Church only twice. Instead, what Jesus spoke about over and over again was His Kingdom. We are called to make an impact beyond the four walls of our church. The Church is not just for us to worship in, it is not just for edifying the saints but just as importantly, to equip the members for ministry. And not just ministry to ourselves, but ministry that brings the good news of the kingdom to those in the larger community. We are called to live the love of God in mercy and justice in the Kingdom not just the Church. This is what Jesus did. In Matthew 9 we see a poignant view of Jesus and His love for the towns and villages He visited. Matthew writes:
  Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. (Emphasis added) When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’

  Brennan Manning in his book “Signature of Jesus” uses a story to ask a critical question of you and me. He writes of five businessmen who take a train from Chicago to Milwaukee for a sales meeting. They promised their wives that they would be back that evening in time for dinner. The sales meeting went late so they had to hurry to catch the train in order to get home on time.

 As the salesmen raced through the terminal, one of them inadvertently kicked over a slender table on which rested a basket of apples. A ten-year-old boy was selling apples to pay for his books and clothes for school. With a sigh of relief, the five clambered aboard the train, but the last felt a twinge of compassion for the boy whose apple stand had been overturned.
 He asked one of the group to call his wife and tell her he would be a couple hours late. He returned to the terminal and later remarked that he was glad that he did. The ten-year-old was blind. The salesman saw the apples scattered all over the floor. As he gathered them up, he noticed that several were bruised or split. Reaching into his pocket, he said to the boy, ‘Here’s twenty dollars for the apples we damaged. I hope we didn’t spoil your day. God bless you.’
 As the salesman started to walk away, the blind boy called after him and asked,

‘Are you Jesus?’

  Let me recite the Biblical passage in Matthew 9 about Jesus one more time.

 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Are we Jesus?

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For more information on how your church can get involved in reaching the community e-mail Ron Ovitt at ron@calvaryop.org and we will send you a copy of Close To The Heart of God. Also go to www.layministry.com for helpful materials.

Do you want to know more about your Spiritual Gifts? CLICK HERE to download your free Spiritual Gifts Test and Workbook. 

To learn more how you can get started in ministry, CLICK HERE to download your free copy of How Am I Wired For Ministry?

Your Church Can Do Good Using Secular Money

The Scriptures are uncompromising. We ARE to help the poor and needy. But what do you do when the need is greater than your church has resources for? The obvious answer is to get money from other resources. However it is not that easy. There has long been a suspion that to recieve dollars from other sources, we have to give up our religious freedom. That does not have to be so.

Now there may be times when the government may put stipulations on donations but usually these do not stop the Church from being the church.

 For example, some missions will not give out food unless the patrons listen to a sermon first. Personally, I do not like that approach. I would rather them get the food and if my love speaks loud enough they will listen to what I have to say about our Savior.

The government feels an obligation to supply food and shelter and would love to have churches donate space and labor. We can win the friendship of those we minister to and invite them to other church functions, Bible studies or mentoring. If we offer a job skills class and the government is not paying for it, they cannot stop us from teaching what the Bible teaches on life skills and the importance of the knowing Christ and the hope He gives. Giving food does not give them the right to intervere with other parts of our ministry.

Using Secular Resources
 In our society there is much talk about the separation of church and state. With the rise of “faith-based initiatives” we see doors of cooperation beginning to open. There are many good secular resources that the church can access to restore a community. Everyone wins when a city is reborn so a municipal government has a lot to gain if synergy between state and church can produce results. What concerns many Christians, however, is having strings attached to any secular grants or cooperation. For example, the government may have serious reservations about giving a grant to run an evangelistic campaign. However, they may jump at the opportunity to underwrite shelter for homeless men, provided that it is offered to anyone who is in need without discrimination to religious preference. Many Christian organizations use the government to help pay for some of the utilitarian needs of their clients and use private donations to pay for the spiritual. You cannot use government funds and force people to participate in religious programs but this does not mean that you cannot offer Bible study lessons or Christian counseling  for those that choose to participate.
 I am sure that Nehemiah would have had serious reservations if the King said, “Sure you can have the wood but do not turn Jerusalem into a Holy City for your God, do not worship within the gates made with state supplied wood.” I am sure that Nehemiah would have turned down that offer. But that didn’t happened. The King knew that in the end the greater Jerusalem area would become a separate providence, separating it from the Samaritan overlords, and that he would appoint Nehemiah Governor of this new Jewish province.
 Today there is a great opportunity to use government and private dollars to fund social projects. There seems to be a renewed interest in funding programs that work, regardless of whether they are faith-based or not. This could mean government funds for some of the non-evangelistic work that so many Christian ministries do. English as a second language, transitional housing, transportation and job training are just a few of the tasks that Christian organizations do to meet many physical and emotional needs of their constituents. These deeds are done because of the love of Christ. For many organizations it gives them the ability to introduce their clients to Christianity.

Government and Churches Working Together
On Monday, August 20, 2001 The USA Today printed an article called, This Partnership Of Government And Faith Succeeds. The article talks about a Haitian couple and their four children who have been living in an apartment in Roslindale, a neighborhood in the city of Boston. They have been in Roslindale for 15 years, where the father is a high school teacher and the mother is a case manager for a Head Start program. They wanted to buy a house and stay in the neighborhood where they had been living. The problem was the cost of a modest single family home was $250,000! The mortgage payment would be $2,000 a month, which they could not afford on their $60,000 a year joint income. Now here is a couple that anyone should be proud to have as neighbors; but even on $60,000 a year they cannot afford to buy a market-value home.
 The solution to this couple came when the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization decided to build homes in the area that would be within the reach of working-class residents. The home would require $700 a month. These would be two-family homes selling for less than $200,000 allowing the new owner to rent one-half for $700 and leaving them to pay the balance of $700. Because of lower interest rates, even a couple making $30,000 could afford one of these homes.
 The homes were ironically called Nehemiah Homes. Nehemiah out of Brooklyn, New York began nearly twenty years ago and has built over 4,430 homes in some of the most deplorable areas. Their success rate of turning around distraught neighborhoods is phenomenal.
 Nehemiah Homes started when it protested against New York City’s “planned shrinkage”. This was a plan to deliberately let its poorest neighborhoods deteriorate, assuming that it wasn’t worth the investment to keep the community intact. Nehemiah proved them wrong. Where there were once junkies and muggers, now there are homes owned by nurses’ aides, probation officers and other people from a mixed-ethnic working class. Crime has plummeted and a recent study done by Fannie Mae Foundation has shown that the Nehemiah homes raised property values of the entire area.
 The USA Today wrote about the Nehemiah Homes program:

  From its genesis in Brooklyn to its new frontier in Boston, the Nehemiah program has relied on collaboration between public and religious bodies. Local or state governments donate and clear large blocks of land, permitting economical construction, and provide one-time subsidies of about $15,000 and often tax abatements. Private banks, eager to provide service to inner cities as required by federal law, compete in offering mortgages below market rate. Congregations and denominations raise the money themselves to pay for construction, their capital going into a trust fund that is replenished as homes are bought and paid for.
 In the South Bronx, for instance, a $3.2 million trust fund will have paid for $84 million in total construction by early 2002. Banks will have written $66 million in mortgages, while New York City will have invested $14 million in recoverable subsidies, cheap land and tax abatements. And 860 multifamily homes will have risen in what was the very definition of urban disaster.

 As Evangelicals, we can go into a community and through the church do the same things as the people in the article did. If we did, what a testimony the church would have. What an outreach! This model would be more than church planting, it would be church and community planting. The two would grow together. This is a powerful New Testament model of community.
 Christian organizations need to depend upon God to be the resource of their ministry, especially as it relates to evangelism, Bible teaching and discipleship. However, if it were possible to receive financial help for some of the brick and mortar or to underwrite the more secular type duties, with no strings that would hamper the core ministry, then the funds could be gladly accepted. It is a good use of our tax dollars to give to programs that are working.  

For more information on how your church can get involved in reaching the community e-mail Ron Ovitt at ron@calvaryop.org and we will send you a copy of Close To The Heart of God. Also go to www.layministry.com for helpful materials.

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Do you want to know more about your Spiritual Gifts? CLICK HERE to download your free Spiritual Gifts Test and Workbook. 

To learn more how you can get started in ministry, CLICK HERE to download your free copy of How Am I Wired For Ministry?

Are You Guilty of Cultural Bias?

In ministry it is very easy to let our cultural bias, or the way we have been taught to see the world, stop us from being sensitive to the differences we experience in others. When I first met with leaders of Christian community development organizations to discuss bringing groups of adults into their community for mission trips, many of the leaders shared with me their reluctance. The common concern was the fact that so often, good intentioned people end up being an offense. It is easy to be insensitive to the effect we have on other people. For example, we can give cues that are condescending. Comments like, “My, your child sure is well behaved” often comes with a perceived presumption of disbelief, as if to say, “Wow, am I surprised that your children know how to behave.” Often we are more deeply shaped by stereotypical thinking than we are comfortable admitting. This results in cultural bias.
 Part of the reason that we can be so insensitive is that most urban areas are much more culturally diverse than a lot of the churches in America. All we know is the stereotypical images that we see on television. Why is it we expect a foreign missionary to study languages and learn all about the nation they will go to and yet we often do not know anything about the different cultures right in our own urban areas? We need to learn about different ethnic groups through cross-cultural training. We need to train in such a way that we learn sensitivity, respect and love for those that we are going to work with.
 It is hard to admit that we are culturally bias and insensitive, but if we allow God, He can point out any prejudice and ignorance that we have. Then, in His mercy, He can give us understanding and a sensitive spirit to other people. But this is easier said than done.
 I have had to wrestle with prejudice in my own heart. This was extremely difficult because I felt that I wasn’t prejudice. I did not use pejorative language when it came to someone of different color. I didn’t share racial jokes or feel any hatred in my heart. I was convinced that I did not have racial attitudes until I started hearing talk of affirmative action. Until I felt that my own children were victims of reverse discrimination. Until I heard appeals for reparations, because of an economy that benefited from slavery in this country. This movement toward more equality among races started to anger me. This is when I had to face the deep secrets hidden in my own heart. I had to admit that there was a definition of prejudice that I had not considered. It was the simple but deeply profound fact that in this country I was part of the majority. It was the result of pure math. In America, majority rules. Majority has privilege. I never have had the problem of discrimination that a minority person has had in this country.  
 As I considered what I took for granted in my life, I had to admit that much of it was the result of  the color of my skin. Being “white” allowed me membership into a large exclusive club. And in this country this membership has its privileges. Through study and listening to others who have wrestled with this issue, I started to expand my awareness of a lot of the privileges I had, those that I took for granted were mine simply because of my race. This is when I began to see my prejudice and discrimination toward those that were different.
 When I saw that the privilege that I had experienced came as a result of injustice to those unlike me, I had to admit that I was part of a system that rewarded the majority at the expense of the non-majority. The result  was prejudice. It is this awareness that allowed me to begin to feel a sense of remorse and sorrow over the wrongs that have been inflicted on others by my race. I have come to recognize that it is my race that benefited from slavery. It is my race that has benefited from the poor wages of immigrants. It is my race that has participated in better schools, medical treatment, job placement, loans and everything else that comes with being white in America. It is this deeper awareness that has given me a better sense of what injustice is. It is the beginning of this awareness that has opened up for me a much deeper and more meaningful dialog with those that are a minority in this country and is helping me take action toward the wrongs I and my race have done. It is helping me take a stand against a system that ignores the needs of the poor. Prejudice is alive and doing well in the church today and until we start to talk about it and root it out, we will not see people the way God truly sees them. We will not love in the way that He loves.

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Your Personality and Ministry

Your Personality Traits
 
 Paul used the human body as a metaphor of what the “body” of believers is like. The head is different from the hand. The nose differs from the toes. Each is important, each has a job to do, each would be missed if they weren’t part of the body. Hopefully, by now, you are celebrating your uniqueness and are starting to understand how God can use almost everything about you for His glory. Now we want you to consider the many different personality traits that God has endowed you with.
 Our approach to personality is to show you different traits and the broad range of behavior in each one.

Understanding Ourself 
 The main reason for going over personality traits is so we can understand more about our own behavior. Insight into our behavior will help us choose vocations and volunteer situations that best  suit who we are. How can we maximize our effectiveness and experience the deep joy and satisfaction of serving God if we are constantly striving against our self and the situations that we are in? Knowing our traits not only allows us to discern where we may be most effective but it also shows us how to be the most effective in situations where we do not have a choice to serve or not. For example let’s look at parenting. God has called all of us with children to be good parents. He does not give out excuse slips to those that might be high in one personality trait and low in another. He calls us all to be a good parent. What we need to do is to understand the goals of good parenting and accomplish them through the way that we were designed. We are responsible for our behavior no matter what our traits are. Knowing who we are allows us to adjust and adapt any traits that we need to and  to use our others to their fullest advantage.

Understanding Others
 We cannot do ministry alone. We need each other, yet so many times we let our differences in personality separate us. Instead we need to celebrate our differences. God has created a wide range of human experience. We need to understand those that we fellowship with better. How else will we be able to minister effectively together? To do this we first describe the wide range of normalcy in the different traits. So often we narrow what we believe to be acceptable behavior. We look at others through our own bias. We hope that this section will shed some light on why people behave the way they do and that we would extend our hand of love, grace and understanding to each other.

Bearing Each Other’s Burdens
 Not only have we explained the wide range of normalcy for each trait we have included descriptions of  excessive behavior.  Which of us does not have times
when we are excessive in our behavior? Our goal is to help us see these excessive ranges so we can correct them and move more toward a more Biblical range of acceptable behavior. The power of the word of God, the fruit of the Spirit, and the fellowship of loving Christians can be the strength we need for any of our weaknesses. When we can see where our behavior is becoming excessive or we begin to understand someone else’s excessessiveness, we can help each other to patiently move more into normalcy. When this happens, I believe that we will minister together in ways we never dreamt possible. The world will see our love for each other and it will speak volumes of our Savior whom we represent. We need to reach a hurting and dying world, but how if we do not understand, accept and help one another? 
 This is about you volunteering for ministry. In so many churches the routine is to recruit someone to do a ministry. We look at the person’s skills, ability and experience and recruit them. The trouble is that we do not take into consideration their personality traits and the resulting preferences they have. We hope that the result of this will be a better knowledge of where and how you want to serve the Lord so you can talk to those at your church about volunteering in a ministry that fits you best. What a joy, excitement and passion burns in our soul when we are serving God in a way that best compliments the way He has created us.

Personality Theory
 The study of temperaments, which was a primitive form of personality theory, goes back to the time of Hippocrates in 460-370 B.C and the Greek civilization.  In the late seventeen hundreds Kant again popularized temperament theory.  Personality theory, as we know it today, started in the early nineteen hundreds with great advances in the 1950’s.  Although he is more famous for his experiments with LSD and other mind expanding drugs, today much of  our personality testing has its roots in Timothy Leary’s famous study in 1957 at the Kaiser Foundation in Oakland, California. He was also joined by LaForge and Suzek’s study of the Interpersonal Check List. Leary’s diagram, known as CircumPlex, was illustrated by a circle with a vertical/horizontal grid in the middle. The grid’s vertical axis going north and south represented the opposites: Dominant and Submissive. This line intersected the horizontal axis, going east and west, which represented the opposites; Hostility and Affection. This landmark grid created a whole field of personality research resulting in many different variations of this early research.   
 There has been widespread use of personality study in Christendom. While I see the usefulness in the theory of personality traits and want to make some applications in this book, I am concerned about the oversimplification with the use of many personality tests. We are not automatons, programmed with a personality, and therefore destined to behave in certain predictable behavior. We have no excuse for poor interpersonal relationships simply because we are a certain personality type and may not be perfectly compatible  with someone having a different type personality.
 The Bible concerns itself with  a wide spectrum of personality traits. The beauty of the Bible is that it shows that all types of personalities can indeed live for God. There is no “perfect” personality. Rather, every human being is uniquely created and is responsible for their behavior before God. For example, people  representing all the personality types marry. Are anyone of them excused from being a good marriage partner? No, God is able to work through each of us, no matter what our personality type, using our strengths and helping us with our weaknesses. It is up to each individual to be responsible for their behavior.  With the help of the Holy Spirit and the fruit that it produces in our life, we are able to overcome any personality deficiency or overcompensation. All the personality traits, when lived in a responsible way, can be used for God.

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Determining Your Ministry Preference?

What Is My Ministry Preference?

 I can hear you now, “Do you mean I get to choose a ministry that I really want to do?” In this day when the only way to fill a need in the church is to spend hours on the phone trying to recruit someone, it seems rare that we are given a choice of where we really want to minister. Usually we have to fill a need that no one else will. Even if we go to a church that promotes volunteerism, often the choices are outside our interests or we don’t know how to choose what is right for us. The purpose of this book is to help the church, by equipping you to volunteer, to take the initiative and find or create a ministry that will best use who you are to the glory of God. The church is ripe with opportunity just waiting for the congregations across this country to take ownership of ministry.

What Ministry Is Best For You?
Vocational testing is a huge business today. Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year trying to save on the billions of dollars lost in mis-hires. Some of the best tests are based on extensive research. Researchers find people in certain vocational fields and ask them for information on themselves. Interests, college majors, personality traits and other critical data is all gathered. The information is then studied looking for variables and commonalities. The goal is to extrapolate from the studies what are major predictors for someone going into the same field. From this tests are created. These tests are then given to people in the field and these test scores are studied. The goal is to come up with a high percentage of correlation between the test scores and certain vocations.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could give you a test to help you decide on a ministry? It certainly would be much easier for us to take the results of your tests and say, “Based on other people with your same profile you would be best at…” That would be it. You could close this book and we could sleep at night thinking that we have done our job. The problem is none of the vocational tests are anywhere near 100% predictive of your final result.  The best they can do is to show you what you could be good at. You may score high in science and math; therefore, they can predict that you would be good as a chemist, but they cannot tell you that you will be a chemist. Final results are much more complicated than that.
 To make it even more difficult, for most of us, our ministry is voluntary. This opens up so many more variables. For example, a good vocational test may say that you would be good in a medical profession. Let’s say that the vocational test was right. You indeed have chosen a medical field. You work long hours as a nurse. But that doesn’t mean that you want to have a medical ministry, too. By the time your shift is over, the last thing you want to do is volunteer at a clinic. Besides, your vocation may only tap into one of your passions. It may be that you would much prefer a music ministry. This is why we have created a preference test. Because of the complexities in helping people discover a ministry, we find it most beneficial if we help you with different processes of selection and elimination. Our goal is to help you figure out what ministries, at this point in time, you would prefer to be involved in.

What Is A Preference?
What makes you prefer one ministry over another? Many times it’s things that are totally unpredictable. Given a chance to choose, there are a myriad of reasons why we may prefer one ministry over another. It could be the level of perceived need, the leadership, circumstances, the team participating, your schedule or any one of hundreds of other variables. We have taken some of the more common variables and have broken them into three levels of consideration.

First Consideration-Seeing The Need
 One of the biggest considerations in choosing to get involved in a ministry is seeing the need. Notice that it is “seeing” the need. Need alone isn’t enough. Somehow the need has to make it into our consciousness and create a response.  What was the story of the Good Samaritan if not to illustrate that even “religious and seemingly moral leaders” can ignore an obvious need. 
 In 1964 in Queens, New York there was a crime that caught the attention of the whole country. It was the  stabbing death of Kitty Genovese. She was chased by her assailant for over half an hour and attacked viciously three times. But what made this so horrific, was the fact that there were 38 bystanders that saw the whole thing and not one of them called the police or helped rescue Kitty.  I remember the news story. America was in shock. Articles were printed in papers all across our country about the apathy that our overcrowded urban lifestyle had created.
 I can’t help but make the comparison to the church today. All around us are urban areas with great needs. Right in our own community are people that are lonely, hurting and not knowing Christ and yet as a church we are almost non-existent. We have absolved ourselves from social responsibility. Are there so many needs, so many activities, so many other things clamoring for our attention that we have become apathetic toward those that need our help? Malcolm Gladwell, the  author of The Tipping Point, suggests that there may be another reason for not reacting to the hurting needs of people around us.
 Gladwell writes about the research of two New York psychologists who tried to better understand what they called the “bystander problem.” They staged “accidents” and observed how groups of people would react. They watched the different variables and gathered information about each incident.  When they were through, one critical factor stood out. The one factor that seemed to make the biggest difference to whether a person would act or not, was the amount of people witnessing the event. They found that when people felt that others were watching, that someone else would take responsibility for what was happening. The more people witnessing the event the less a person felt that they needed to act. According to their research, responsibility for action gets diffused in large groups. The psychologist’s conclusion was that if Kitty Genovese’s attack was seen by only one or two people, it is probable that she may still be alive today!
 When I first read this account, I realized that this may help explain why we can have so many churches in America and yet still are not making a social or moral impact. Could it be that many of us don’t react to the needs around us because we feel someone else is doing something about it? Or do we really  believe that solving our spiritual, moral and social problems in this country is going to be done by someone else? Do we think that we are absolved from our responsibility to respond to the cries of those around us because there are so many listening? May God wake us up from this false thinking!
 I’m sure that some of those that heard the screams of Kitty Genovese were apathetic. No doubt, some were cynical, others too busy to stop, but chances are that most of those thirty-eight bystanders would have helped had they really known no one else was going to. They did not see the need, they did not perceive the criticalness of the situation.
 Now you and I cannot respond to every need around us, but we can allow the Lord to guide us and make us aware of those needs that we can help. There are two things that you and I can do that will allow us and our church to make a bigger difference in the community around us.

Step 1—Become a Need Finder
 First, we must commit ourself, as an individual and as a church, to be a “need finder”. We need to go out into the community and see it as Jesus sees it. We claim to know Christ yet we know nothing of His compassion and love for those around us. We need to do prayer walks, surveys, talk to people, read the paper, talk to the police and town officials. What are the needs? What are the needs today and what do we anticipate the needs will be in the future?
 What are the needs of the people in community, our neighborhoods  or the needs of the people that we work with? Make finding needs in the surrounding communities a church project. Create a bulletin board with lists, put suggestion boxes out  for people to put needs in, hand out cards to be filled out and put in the offertory. Get every small group and every Sunday school class involved. From the elementary student to the oldest member of the church, everyone must become a “need finder”. Make finding needs the top priority of the church for a month or maybe two.  The results will astound you. You will be amazed at the stories, the energy, the excitement as people uncover more and more needs. It will also break your heart. When is the last time we were broken hearted over the needs of our community? As we all start to see needs as Jesus does and we enlarge our list, we can move to the second phase, that is finding out what needs we should work with.

Step 2—Decide what needs we should work on 
 The second step to meeting needs is to decide what needs we should work with, both as a church and as individuals.  As we look over the list, we can begin to find out if others in the community are meeting the needs or not. This will allow us to become more aware of the circumstances around us and hopefully keep us from “assuming” that someone else is going to take care of the problem.
 We can let God speak to our hearts and begin to get a feel for what is “moving” us. Then we can do what good managers do.  We can do something about those needs that we feel we must, we can delay action on those that can wait,  we can defer or delegate some of the needs to other people, groups, churches or agencies that are already involved or more capable than us,  or if the need is already being met (or was not a real need in the first place) we can decide to drop the item.  
 The beauty of this system is that it takes responsibility to see that the real needs are attended to, by us or someone else. Can you imagine if every church, in every community worked together like this? What a witness we would have.

Second Consideration – What Can I Do To Make A Difference?
 It stands to reason that you will be happiest, and the most fulfilled, if your ministry preferences complement the way you are wired for ministry. Not only you, but the ministry will benefit too! If given a choice, it makes sense to minister in a way that best suits who you are.
 When looking over the lists of ministries that we have later in this workbook, it would be good to ask yourself:

 What ministries would use my Spirituals gift(s)?

 What ministries work with the causes that I am passionate about?

 What ministries seem to fit my skills and background?
  
 What could I picture myself doing that would get me out of bed on a Saturday morning?
 
 God has created us for ministry that takes full advantage of who we are, a ministry that uses  our skills, our likes, our Spiritual gifts and our desires. Let’s spend some time considering what those ministries would be.

Choosing a Ministry 
 So how does this work? How do we choose a ministry? We do it by considering the needs around us and matching them with our skills, abilities, spiritual gifts, experiences and preferences. We do this in an attitude of prayer, asking God to guide us and give us wisdom.  We have two tests for you to participate in. The first is a Ministry Preference Self-Assessment. We have listed ministries in broad categories for you to consider.  It will be the broad category that will first attract your attention. Within the category are many suggestions of types of roles that you could participate in. This is where your interests can be determined.
For Example
 The first category is Youth Ministry. Youth work may appeal to you so you pause to look at some of the suggestions of types of ministry within Youth Ministry. For the sake of an example, let’s say that you are already happy in a vocation so that rules out being a youth pastor. However, there are many other choices left. You see “retreat volunteer” and “church youth task committee member” and think, “Yes, these ministries really appeal to me.”  You would then circle both ministries and where it says “Your Score”, you would write an 8, 9 or 10 depending on how strong you felt about those ministries.
 If the different ministries listed on the test are close but made you think of something else you would prefer, that is not written down, by all means write down your suggestion and then score the larger category of Youth Ministry appropriately.  Scoring Youth Ministry high does not mean you want to do everything associated with the category. It means that the category is important to you and that there are specific ministries, as indicated, that you are very interested in.

Ministry Preference Self Assessment
Below is the list of church and local para-church ministries. Does the paragraph pretty well describe your feelings? Do any of the areas of service interest you? Please rate yourself on a scale 1 –5 (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so) and circle the ministries that you are interested in or add ministries of your own.

Youth Ministry (1)
 You like to work with young people. You believe in the great need for leaders and role models. You want to see the best programs for the young people and are willing to help any way you can. You relate well with teenagers and have their respect. You know about  adolescence; the fears, temptations, the struggles. You are willing to be patient, loving and pray for them.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Jr. high, high school or college age Sunday school teacher; youth director; youth counselor; Christian school teacher; camp counselor; youth night chaperone; host for youth activity; prayer supporter; church youth task committee member; retreat volunteer; games coordinator; volunteer on youth nights; driver to events; life skills mentor; tutor; support to parent/teen conflicts; drug counselor; big brother/sister; adolescent/family counselor; college/ career guidance counselor.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Children’s Work (2)
 Children are our future. You love to be with children and help them experience the love of Jesus. You have patience and a good sense of humor. Children like to be around you. You know about the different developmental stages and are able to help the child grow. You know how hard the parenting process is and feel great empathy for the parent(s).

Areas Of Ministry:
 Sunday school teacher; Christian Education Supervisor; nursery attendant; Christian pre-school or elementary school teacher; song leader; games director; VBS volunteer; Bible Club worker; MOPS volunteer; day care specialist; teacher; special education worker; pediatric medicine, child psychologist; family counselor; respite care.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Evangelism (3)
 You are burdened for the lost and  believe in being proactive with the sharing of the Gospel. You are willing to share your testimony, share the plan of salvation, distribute literature, whatever it takes. Your house is a place where you participate in friendship evangelism. You believe in reaching the community by helping them through need-based evangelism. At work you share the love of Christ through your life and in appropriate ways. You try to be a witness in the way you live so not to bring reproach against Christ. You feel the church should reach out to the neighborhood and are willing to help anyway that you can. You are burdened for the lost throughout the world.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Be on a church evangelism team; mission committee; set up literature distribution; teach evangelism; be a greeter at church, do visitation with new visitors; participate in door to door distribution of  literature on the church and/or gospel literature; do evangelistic preaching; work in community projects, meeting needs and sharing testimony; lead prayer meetings for evangelistic revival; work with other churches about area wide evangelistic campaign; support ministries that evangelize; assist the church with different evangelistic tools such as radio, literature and video.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Visitation Of Sick And Elderly (4)
 Your heart goes out to those who are shut in; you enjoy listening to people’s personal stories; you enjoy keeping people “caught up” with current events of the church; you have studied the development stages of aging and empathize with their situation; you find great joy in taking meals, helping house clean or doing yard work for those that can’t; you don’t mind taking someone to the store, to the hairdressers or out to eat somewhere; even though it breaks your heart you count it a privilege to pray for those that are dying and bring comfort anyway you can; you have a respect for those that have lived a full life and try to maintain dignity in their life, anyway you can.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Taking meals; driving people to appointments or take them shopping; setting up events; reading to an individual or a group; visit regularly at a nursing home; prayer regularly for shut-ins; advocate for the needs of the elderly in your church; set up a visitation team; organize work crews to help the elderly with home repairs; visit those that are sick from your congregation and pray for them; work at a retirement or nursing home; set up an emergency fund for those elderly on fixed income; bring the elderly to children’s events; set up luncheons and events for elderly; take appropriate church work to those that are shut-in so they can be a useful member.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Community Ministry (5)
 You are moved when you hear of the needs of others; you pray on behalf of the needy; you are action oriented and want to help anyway you can; you advocate with the church on behalf of those in need; you know about and volunteer to assist in community development programs; you are willing to mentor someone with needs; you give of your resources to those in need; you volunteer to be on committees to help in community projects; you believe that the church should witness to the community through getting involved and meeting needs, you get employers and other community leaders involved with the needs of the community.
Areas Of Ministry:
 Volunteer to help various community programs; organize the church to assist in a food pantry, clothes drive, urban mission trips; volunteer to help those in church with needs; represent various Christian community development programs to the church; start a mentoring program at the church; advocate for the needs of children such as child care, foster care and adoption; link your church with an international Christian Relief agency; give where you can to organizations that are working with the needy; start an after school safe place for children; get involved with families in need; organize church for blood drives; mentor teenage mothers; work for a local ministry that participates in mercy ministry; help with job readiness, retention and advancement training; provide summer jobs or internships; get involved in community politics to bring about changes; be a big brother or sister; open your home for temporary shelter; advocate for healthcare for the needy; work on affordable housing; adopt a family in need; teach parenting skills; be a home visitor; volunteer medical expertise; be an advocate for health issues; offer respite for those who do foster care; care for sick and elderly.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Administration (6)
 You know that it takes administration work to help a church or ministry function so you help where you can; you assist with office duties; you volunteer your accounting, marketing, office management, executive or clerical skills when needed; you help with acquisition of state-of-the-art office equipment.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Volunteer to help with mailings, answer phones or help with bulletins; help with accounting; assist with computers purchase, set-up or maintenance; assist in printing needs; set-up bulletin boards; volunteer assistance with web site; volunteer training in your field of expertise; assist in the marketing and advertising needs of the church; help assist a committee by setting up meetings; sending out timely announcements.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Leadership (7)
 You want to use your experience in management in the church or ministry; you want to see things done decently and in order; you do nor hoard over people but are a servant leader; you are willing to sit on committees and help anywhere you can; you pray for the pastor and church committees and for the director and staff of local ministries that you feel called to support; you stand ready to assist with leadership issues if needed; you consider it a sacred duty to be a Deacon or Deaconess and live according to I Timothy 3; you strive not to be overtaken with spiritual pride but serve as a leader remembering God’s grace and mercy; you keep up with the latest in church leadership materials, attend training when possible and disseminate what you learn to the rest of  the leadership.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Being a Elder/Deacon or Deaconess; serve on various committees; attend prayer meetings; meet regularly with the Pastor to pray; assist in leadership using your expertise; serve on Board of local ministry; participate in strategic planning and vision casting; help communicate vision for the church; assist in fund raising for the major projects in church or para-church ministry you are involved with.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Maintenance/Buildings/Grounds/Vehicles (8)
 You are concerned about supporting ministry through the use of equipment, buildings and vehicles; you believe in the importance of the church’s or local ministry’s appearance and the testimony it gives the neighborhood; you believe in excellence, within the fiscal limitation of the church or ministry.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Help keep vehicles running; set up maintenance schedule; volunteer to drive bus or van; help set up and/or tear down chairs, tables, equipment; be on a committee to assure safety of building, grounds, vehicles and their appropriate use; oversee janitorial crew; volunteer for painting, carpentry, repairing and landscaping duties; donate any specialized expertise that you have; use your network to try and help the church get quality service at a reasonable or discounted price; donate toward needed equipment.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Christian Education (9)
 You believe that the church body should know the Word and how to apply it to their lives; you like to teach; you have a passion for a specific Christian topic and like to share it; you like to find the best teachers for each class, one that knows how to best communicate to the audience; you have a good working knowledge of web-based teaching; you like to help in a Christian resource center and library; you believe that the church should be a resource to its people and strive to have the best educational resources possible. 

Areas Of Ministry:
 Set up a church library/resource center; teach Sunday school, adult home Bible studies, youth group or senior citizen groups; be a Sunday School superintendent; provide training seminar opportunities; provide teacher training; provide the best classroom equipment possible; strive to get others in the community to attend teaching sessions in the church; bring in specialized speakers to teach on relevant topics, represent learning opportunities to the church.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Counseling/Mentoring (10)
 You have empathy for those that are hurting emotionally and socially; you believe that many people can change if they are shown how; you know that situations are complex at best and try not to be overly simplistic in seeking solutions; you believe that God has sent the comforter so you seek to work through the Holy Spirit and the Bible in dealing with people; you believe in the power of mentoring and try to get involved in areas that you can make a contribution; you try to get others involved in mentoring and helping those that need technical, emotion or spiritual help; you believe in support groups where people can comfort and assist others from their own experiences.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Set up a counseling center and referral network; volunteer as a mentor in your area of expertise; organize self help groups; use your psychological and/or medical expertise to help in the church or para-church organization; help start appropriate support groups, meeting the needs of church and community; be a friend to those who are hurting and help them follow up on their therapy or mentoring; help educate the church on Biblical responses to the many emotional and social issues facing Christians today; coordinate prayer, small groups and accountability partners for those needing assistance.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Music (11)
 You believe that music is important to the church so you are willing to help anyway that you can; you know that not everyone has the same tastes so you maintain to be true to your calling while trying not to offend others; you believe that music has a wide range of uses and try to glorify God with all that you do.

Areas Of Ministry:
Participate in choir, band or orchestra; teach music; help in marketing music programs; assist as stagehand, lights, or sound; write music and/or lyrics; create or find good arrangements for performances at church; assist in a musical ministry, perform in musical group or as a solo.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Drama/Speech (12)
 You want to help communicate Biblical principles through the medium of drama and or speech; you realize that serving God is the highest calling so you strive to do your best for Him; you make your skills available for groups in the church; you are willing to coach others; you know that writing is a scared trust so you dedicate your craft to Him and pray for His guidance.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Perform in skits to illustrate sermons; perform in plays for special service; work with choir in performing musical; write dramas, skits and speeches to be used in church; direct dramas; tutor young people in acting; entertain children, elderly and other special groups; speak to different groups in church on various topics; assist in designing and building sets; work as a stage hand; assist in lighting and sound; sell tickets and help with marketing.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all,  5 = Very much so)   Your Score ______

Art (13)
 You use your creative force to serve God; artistic expression is something you really enjoy and you want to share it; you enjoy helping others learn more about their artistic self; you know that art is a way to make friends and reach out to non-church members.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Express yourself through the fine arts, crafts, poetry, graphics or other form of art; help decorate church; use graphics to help communicate; work on web site or presentations; create mural; teach/tutor art; create items to raise money; use your art as a way to befriend someone; communicate and minister through your art.
Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______
Adult Ministry (14)
 You have a burden for the adults and want to help them get assimilated into the church; you understand adult development and the differences in each generation; you desire to see adults involved in small groups; you seek to help in areas that you have experience and knowledge; you are a team player and want to work with the other adult ministries in the church; you have a passion for adults to be active in ministry; you believe that the church should be reaching out to adults in the community through various creative ministries.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Sunday school teacher; host home group meetings; one on one discipleship; lead support group for one of many topics relevant to needs in church and community; mentor adults; teach marriage seminars; assist in parenting skill training; help those that are suffering; be a lay-pastor over small group of adults; help with career set backs; coordinate your services with others in the church; set up career planning and job center in the church; be an adult counselor; host-small home Bible-fellowship group; participate in home visitation; plan social activities for various adult groups; set-up adult resource center.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Computer Technology (15)
 We are in the electronic age. You like to work with computers and software and believe that the church should take advantage of technology; you want to be able to help the church or para-church ministry using your skills; you believe in working with a team and understand that in a church there may be different opinions and want to work together for the glory of God; you realize that the church is depending on you so you finish your tasks in a reasonable turnaround time; you are professional in all your endeavors as a volunteer.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Setting up networks; work on web site; installing software; teaching software to staff; maintain the system; tutoring/mentoring people in computer skills; help computerize all areas of church ministry; help with web site; set up a computer learning center.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______
Food Service (16)
 You know the importance of food and the role it plays in fellowship and ministry. You believe in the importance of a good kitchen and fellowship hall and having adequate food service. You believe in service and the testimony that it gives to the community and those visiting the church. You want to make sure that weddings, celebrations, funerals, conferences, daycare and other crucial ministries get the food service they need.

Areas Of Ministry
 Participate on food service committee, volunteer to cook; help schedule events; volunteer to clean–up; help update and install new food service equipment; participate on regular basis in area of food service; plan meals and organize cooks.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Electronics/Sound/Video (17)
 You know that communications is a key to effective ministry. You believe in using electronics, sound and video to produce the best communications possible.

Areas Of Ministry
 Installation of new sound system; running sound for services; doing the camera work for a video; creating the story boards for an effective video; editing video; creating a complete electronic suite for the auditorium; managing the sound, light, video team for church services.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Missions (18)
 You believe that God has called us to go into the whole world to preach the gospel and as a church we should be involved in missions; you do what you can to keep the cause of missions in the forefront of church business; you take prayer and the raising of support for the missionaries as a scared trust; while the missionaries are on the field, you are an advocate for them.
Areas Of Ministry:
 Being on the Mission Board; praying faithfully for the missionaries; collecting gifts, supplies and support for those in the field; help missionary with furlough plans; work on annual Missions conference; coordinate short term mission trips for members of the church, circulate missions articles and stories to the church.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

Pastoral Duties (19)
 You have a “call” in your life to oversee a congregation (or a specialized group like seniors, youth, prisoners, homeless, sport teams, mission groups etc.); you see preaching and teaching as a sacred call and therefore prepare diligently both in prayer and study before you preach or teach the Word of God; you take time to be with God so you can be the person that He wants you to be; you resist being proud and strive to be a servant leader; you trust God for your ministry and go where He is working; you like to assist in pastoral duties of visitation, comforting the hurting, welcoming new people and helping them assimilate into the church; assist in leadership and vision of the church.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Preaching; teaching; administration; overseeing the spiritual welfare of those entrusted to you; visit members of the church; perform various ceremonies, i.e. weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms, communion; responsible for church services; contribute to the vision of the church; assist in the leadership.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______
Leisure and Recreation Ministry (20)
 You believe that church buildings should serve the church and community through leisure and recreational activities. You like to assist with sports programs like softball, basketball and soccer that help give the congregation an outlet and an opportunity to invite the community. You would like to assist in having cultural events on campus. You believe that the church can be a witness by providing wholesome, well organized and supervised sports programs for the community.

Areas Of Ministry:
 Using a gym and fields for  special events, sports and cultural activities; camping programs; senior day care program; Awana, Brigade, Pioneer programs; Upward Basketball; art training; exercise facilities, walking trails, boys and girl scouts, after school programs; and community center.

Using a  scale of  1 – 5, rate whether you feel you would like to serve in this ministry (1 = Not at all, 5 = Very much so)  

Your Score ______

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