For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. — Romans 12:4-8 NIV
God has graciously given His people gifts for the edification of His church and kingdom impact. We believe that every gift in valuable and should be stewarded as an act of worship to God. Elmwood Church has a number of team ministries where people can demonstrate their gifts through serving the church and the community, all while engaging in intentional discipleship with similarly gifted people.
What should I expect?
The main thing you should expect is a sense of community with other Jesus followers who not only are gifted like you, but who want to make disciples and honor God through their gifts as well. Because we view every ministry team as a discipleship environment, you and your team will actively be pursuing our three discipleship behaviors in your unique context: Growing in the gospel, Living as family, and Living on mission
How often am I expected to serve?
Depending on the size of your ministry team, our hope is that you would not have to serve more than once per month, unless of course you would like to!
How do I start serving?
If you haven’t already taken the time to consider how God has gifted you, then that would be a great place to start! While there are a number of inventories or assessments available to help you navigate this, let us suggest a few critical thinking questions that may help you in the discernment process!
- What am I passionate about?
- What do I believe I’m talented at?
- Which of the talents above have been affirmed by others?
- Does any of my life or vocational experience leave me already inclined to serve the church in any specific way?
- Does my church community have any apparent needs that I believe could be filled by my service?
Once you have thoughtfully considered the questions above, go ahead and fill out this form. Someone will be sure to follow up with you in a timely manner to help you begin your journey of serving Christ, His body, and our community on a ministry team!