We equip the servants at LUMC to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus, by providing innovative and effective resources for identifying, equipping, and releasing people into their gift-based ministries.
In the great commission (Matthew 28:19) Jesus does not tell us to “go and make believers.” He tells us to “Go and make disciples.”
One of the underlying principles of Equipping Ministry is found in 1 Peter 2:9 “they are a royal priesthood.” There are powerful ramifications contained in those words:
Who are the priests?: Every single Christian.
What are the priests’ responsibilities?: To do the work of ministry for the church.
Then what is the purpose of clergy?: “To prepare God’s people for works of service.”(Eph. 4:11) The clergy aren’t the exclusive ministers of the church. They should be actively equipping every Christian to fill the ministry for which God created them.
So this isn’t something optional that a person may choose or not depending on their interest in volunteering?: In Luke 14, Jesus told us to “count the cost”— to be aware of this expectation before we decided to be his follower. He described it as the way we show our love for him.
Ministry Opportunities Catalog
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
- What volunteer ministries opportunities are available in our church and community?
- How can I get involved in one of those ministries?
- Who can I contact to find out more information about those ministries?
To help you answer those questions we developed a Ministry Opportunities Catalog. It includes the numerous ministries available in our church. The information about each ministry includes a brief description of each ministry, a schedule of time for the ministry, where it is done, and who to contact for more information. You can download a copy by clicking on LUMC Ministry Opportunities Catalog.
The first thing people want to know when they are asked to serve in a volunteer position in the church is, “What do I do?” LUMC has written ministry descriptions for the 65 core leadership positions on the Church Council. Find your Detailed Ministry Description here.
The first step you should take toward ministry service is to take the spiritual gifts assessment. It is easy to do and takes only about 20 minutes. This link will take you to our Spiritual Gifts Assessment Page.