How can I get involved?
You might start with your spiritual gifts and your passions. A helpful tool
is the Spiritual Gifts
Inventory. Its easy and doesn't take very long. Take a few minutes to explore
the gifts God has given you.
Next, contact one of the ministry area leaders and tell him/her you'd like
to get involved. If you prefer, contact
Associate Pastor for Christian Formation, and he will connect you with a
Ministry Guide for a “big picture” overview of all seven ministry areas and
specific ministries that might be a good fit based on your spiritual gifts,
interest, and personality.
Then, roll up your sleeves and go to work.
You may serve with
your gifts, time, and vocational/life skills.
Check out these
the Ministry Want-Ads to see what help is
needed right now.
Want some help in assessing where you are in your spiritual journey?
Download the Christian
Formation Assessment Tool (Microsoft Word document, 251kb).
Here are a few things you can do right away to get started...
10 Simple Ways You Can Put God's Love Into Action
- Offer to mow the grass for someone who is elderly, disabled, or otherwise
unable to do it.
- Notice the person who bags your groceries or fills your water glass.
See if you can help that person feel valued and appreciated.
- Fast from the news for three days and replace that time with reading
through the Book of Acts, the story of how the early church got its start.
- Ask a homeless person to lunch or to have a cup of coffee with you.
- Read a book that will stretch your thinking about God. Try something
by Henri Nouwen, Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Calvin Miller, Erwin
McManus, or Frederick Buechner. Ask the staff what they are reading.
- Call someone who could use a word of cheer and encouragement.
- Practice the spiritual discipline of tithing (giving ten percent of
your income back to God through the church) as a way of setting yourself
free from the fear of not having enough.
- Go on a prayer walk in your neighborhood with a friend, spouse, or child.
In an open-eyed prayer conversation, voice your concern for each person
and family that lives in a particular house.
- Pay a visit to someone who is sick or homebound.
- Take a few of the little FBC contact cards (located on the kiosks in
the church building), write your name and contact information on the back,
and hand them out to service-providers with whom you have regular contact
(barber/hair-dresser, retail clerk, waiter, pharmacist). Invite them to
come and worship with you, or to watch the worship service on TV8, or the
live webcast. Encourage them, if they have questions, to contact you.