So, you may ask…, “what is my part?”
There are myriads of unseen activities and ministries, under the headship of Jesus, which makes a church a church. I Corinthians 12 (The Message) says, The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. –You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this.
What is your “part?” Did you know that you have one? Santa Barbara Community Church began a few decades ago with a vision for church inspired by the church in Acts – all members contributing their gifts for the greater good of the larger church body. Today, we are a different church in many ways, but we still need each other to grow in Christ.
Again, you may ask…what is my “part?” Am I really needed? What is my ministry? How do I find my place? There is only one way to find out: begin with prayer, and by quietly serving Jesus. Notice it’s not “by quietly serving SBCC.” We are not called to personally invest in making a church successful. Our “success” as a church is to be an integrated group of diverse members who are committed to loving and serving Jesus together – an every-member ministry.
Take up the every-member ministry challenge and grow in your relationship with Christ by serving Him in the church and outside of it, in both visible and hidden ways. Look over the announcements, check out the website, talk to others and ask how they live out their faith in service. God has a purpose and a place for each one of us – let us jump in, serve Jesus, and see where He takes us together as a church family.
Serving in Our Church
Childcare at the Gathering
Help hold babies and read stories to toddlers on Thursday mornings at the “Gathering” (Women’s Bible study). To minister to kids & women, contact Krista Knoles.
Contact Deana Gilman for:
• Prayer Team Member: Teams of two pray with people as they come up for communion. Serve once a month at the service of your choice.
• Hospitality: Welcome attendees and hand out bulletins for Sunday worship, or staff the Welcome Table.
• Childcare Helper or Sub: No prep, just holding & playing with kids! Or, be a Children’s Ministry “Friend” for a longer discipleship relationship with kids.
• Coffee Cart: Help make coffee and refill creamers before or after a service.
• Put your name on a list of people able to give others a ride to church.
Do you enjoy greeting people, light secretarial duties and answering phones? Help one morning or afternoon a week at our church office’s front desk. Contact Deana Gilman.
Contact Mike Willbanks for:
• Sound Board Techs: Serve monthly mixing the sound for the worship teams.
• Worship Slides: Serve monthly running the computer slides for corporate worship.
• Musicians/vocalists: Use your musical gifts to help lead the church or a homegroup in song.
Help check in or out books on Sundays before or after services or help with other library needs. Contact Vera Breedlove.
Serving in Our Community
These are just a few of the organizations and ways to help SBCC-supported missions:
Leaders who love kids and can volunteer two or three times a month on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6pm are needed. Lead games, design crafts, organize snacks, lead worship and small groups, teach a bible story and pray for the ministry. See http://www.querenciasb.org.
Be a mentor, meaning be a friend and provide a listening ear for the men and women who are a part of our year-long drug and alcohol recovery program. Make a worthwhile difference in the lives of both yourself and the mentee. The ideal time commitment is about one year (the duration of the program), meeting weekly for an hour at a time. See http://www.sbrm.org.
Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers invites moms of all faiths to come and be supported by other mom’s. For questions, please contact Becca Eliason. Also, be an “Auntie” and hold babies or teach pre-schoolers every other Friday! This is a great opportunity to serve mothers during busy times in their lives AND to be with cute kids!
Life Network is a local non-profit that offers compassion, mercy and the love of God to any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Be a liaison for your church, helping organize a clothing closet, or being part of a poster team, to name a few. For more information on Network Medical visit http://www.lifenetworksb.org.
What Can I Do From Home?
Pray for the children and youth in our church, for ill or home-bound. Pray for our elders, pastors and staff. Pray for the poor and needy. Pray for our missionaries and outreach ministries.
Everyone needs and grows from an encouraging word. Write a note or an email, make a phone call or even text someone with Scripture and a good word.
Too busy? Begin with a small contribution.
There are always small ways to serve. Check with our staff members to see what needs might currently exist. Or, if there is an area in which you are interested in serving, explore opportunities with ministry leaders. Watch the announcement sheets for ideas, as well. Or, perhaps you are being led to serve in a new way!