Ministering to the body of this church, the community, and the world
“Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need …
enjoying the favor of all the people.” Acts 2:45-47
The service ministry of the church is devoted to the continuous work of serving one another (Gal 5:13) in love with our time, talents, skills, and money (Matt 25:14-30; 2 Cor 9:1-2; 12-13) by using them to do good to one another (Gal 6:10), submit to one another in reverence for Christ (Eph 5:21), and to imitate Christ who was a servant on our behalf unto death (Isa 52:13 – 53:12; Mark 10:43-45; Phil 2:7) doing all of this for the purpose of serving Christ (John 12:26; Eph 6:7-8).
Church Member Responsibilities:
Though not every member is gifted by the Spirit to be an administrator (1 Cor 12:28), every member is to serve one another (Gal 5:13). Thus, as the members of the first church “devoted themselves” to the service ministry, members of this church shall devote themselves to this ministry as either a servers and helpers or as administrators so gifted by the Spirit.
This team will consist of church members who are spiritually gifted for this ministry (Service, Administration, etc.). The team will also consist of the heads of the administrative teams and the appointed deacon(s), who may be a lead team member, but at the least function(s) as a helper and observer. The pastor shall function as the elder/overseer of this team (1 Peter 5:1-5).
Areas of Assignment for the Service Ministry
1) Administrative Teams (See Article V. Procedures for Administrative Teams)
a. Budget & Finance
b. Building & Grounds
2) Church Jobs (See Article VI. Job Descriptions for help)
b. Kitchen/Meals (Bereavement and Assistance)
c. Audio, Visual, and Internet
g. Work day tasks
3) Conduct quarterly or as-needed meetings to evaluate current service activities, determine and address specific needs in the ministry, and plan for possible service needs in the future. The appointed deacon will then present the evaluations at the next deacon’s meeting. The leader of this team will then present their scheduled activities at the next ministry council.
Appropriately gifted church members may volunteer for or be recruited to the lead team of the service ministry. Each member who does so shall commit to a one-year term that is renewable at the end of each year of ministry.
The lead team shall designate one member to be the team leader. The team leader shall commit to a one-year term. The team leader is responsible for organizing and conducting the quarterly or as-needed meetings and serves as a representative of the service ministry on the ministry council.