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Ways to Serve

The following listing is an overview of many of the ways you can be a part of Trinity's diverse ministries. We function on a "gift-based" ministry foundation. That is, we focus on what God has called each of his children to do, not on filling slots. We are interested in helping you to discover your spiritual gifts and finding or creating places where you can carry out your God-given ministry.

This list is just a beginning. Let us know if you are interested in any of these areas or would like help in forming new ministries at Trinity.

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Please click here to take a SPIRITUAL GIFTS ASSESSMENT. If you would like to talk with someone about your spiritual gifts, please contact Wendy or one of the pastors in the church office. 

Here are some ways you can serve at Trinity: 

Administrative/Leadership

Church Council
Preschool Board

Evangelism/Exhortation

Sick/Hospital/Shut-In Visits
Bible Study Leader/Member
Share Group Leader/Member
Lector
Cantor
Prayer Leader 
Visitor Follow-up

Hospitality

Usher (male and female)
Worship Host (Host Family)
Sunday School Hospitality
Courtesy Parker
Parking Lot Attendant
Social Corner Set-up/Clean-up
Provide Housing for Visitors
Provide Transportation

Mercy

Sick/Shut-in/Hospital Visits
Funeral lunch Provider/Server
Provide Transportation

Helps/Faith/Giving

(check your other gifts for specific area(s) in which to help)

Craftsmanship - Arts/Crafts

Arts/Crafts Teacher/Aide
Photography
Graphic Design                    
Quilting/Sewing
Bulletin Boards
Painting/Wallpaper

Craftsmanship - Manual

General House Maintenance
General Housekeeping
Building Crew
Carpentry
Electrical
Plumbing/Heating
Painting/Wallpaper
Masonry/Concrete
Equipment/Appliance Repair
Flower Garden Care -Weeding/Watering
Lawn Care
Spring/Fall Clean-up

Prayer

Prayer Chain Member
Prayer Leader
Spiritual Growth Group 
Moms-In-Touch International

Leadership/Shepherding

Sick/Shut-In/Hospital Visits
Bible Study Leader
Share Group Leader
Sunday School Teacher
Nursery Supervisor
Vacation Bible School Coordinator
Choir Camp Coordinator
Youth Group Leader

Knowledge/Teaching/Wisdom

Sunday School Teacher/Aide, YOUTH or ADULT
Vacation Bible School Teacher/Aide
Weekday Church School Teacher/Aide
Choir Camp Teacher/Aide
Bible Study Leader/Member
Share Group Leader/Member
Sick/Shut-In/Hospital Visitor
Sports Team Leader

Music - Vocal

Choir
Senior Choir(10:45)
Sonrise Singers (8:30)
Praise Team (10:45)
Saturday Night Singers (6:30)
Men's Ensemble
Women's Ensemble
Special Ensemble
Choir Camp Teacher/Aide
Cantor
Christmas Musical Choir

Music - Instrumental

Choir Camp Teacher/Aide
Bell Choir
Brass Choir
Christmas Musical Orchestra

Serving

Provide Food/Baking
Prepare/Serve Food
Social Corner
General Office Help
Telephoning
Nursery Volunteer
Usher
Altar Guild (Sanctuary)
Praise Worship Altar Guild
Worship Host (Host Family)
Event set-up/tear down
Children's Choir Helper
Courtesy Parker Parking Lot Attendant
Radio Broadcaster
General Building Maintenance

Fellowship Groups

Bible Study
Share Group
Women's Circle
Mothers' Group
Men's Bible Study 
Trinity Travelers (Senior bus trips)
Luther Club (age 55+ lunches)
Singles Programming

You have a spiritual gift!

The church's reason for existence is bringing all people to Christ. God didn't just give us this task to complete in our own human strength. He gives spiritual gifts that will be needed in the work.

Your spiritual gift is the special way the Holy Spirit will work through you to help others know God and to grow in faith.

It is something that you can do naturally, beautifully, and well. Others enjoy having you do it. Others (without your gift) might be able to accomplish the same work but it will be more difficult for them taking more time and effort and perhaps suffering some in the results.

It probably will not be something totally effortless for you (every work has a job) but it is something that makes life interesting and fulfilling for you and gives you a deep sense of joy. There is a feeling that you are in the right place at the right time for the right thing, a sense that God is using you for good.

What the Bible says: God has given you a spiritual gift. One major section of scripture that speaks about this is 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12.

"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. Now there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."

Paul goes on in the scripture to give some examples of spirituals gifts and talks about how all the different gifts make the church complete, just as the body parts are needed to make a human body complete. No one's gift is of small importance. Everyone is needed and everyone is interconnected.

What the Bible says: Our gift is for use in ministry. Although ministry and minister are "churchy" words which conjure up pictures of people in clerical collars, ministry is actually the activity/service to which we are called in our baptism. We are called to proclaim the praise of God and bear His creative and redeeming Word to all the world. We are not all pastors; we are all ministers.

"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10