“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied Grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
Willing volunteers serving in areas of their giftedness brings fullness and joy, and it’s what being part of a church family is all about. Opportunities at Ebenezer include joining ministry teams like Children, Kitchen, Greeting, Sound Room, Music, Shut-In’s, and more. Thank you for considering where you may be interested in serving! Please sign up HERE. Questions can be directed to Kevin Hardy.
Interested in helping to reach out to our community? There are multiple opportunities available! The Outreach Committee has four main areas that we are focusing on and would love for you to serve with us: Senior Adults, Lynfield Community, Pro-Life, College Students. If this interests you, please sign up HERE! Questions can be directed to Marcus Brunstetter.
Lynfield Community Outreach
Led by: Shelly Carlstrom
The Lynfield Outreach seeks to reach families in South Bethlehem for Christ mainly through the Lynfield Community Center. We would love you to prayerfully consider helping with the following:
- Prayer walks through the community
- Mentors for teen boys
- Eventual homework club
- Eventual Bible studies for men and women
- Various summer activities for children
College Student Outreach
Led by: Jacob Grim
We are surrounded by many college campuses. We have an opportunity to reach the many students in the area with the gospel and invite them to worship with us at Ebenezer. You can help with the following:
- Praying for the many college students in the area.
- Sharing the gospel with them
- Inviting students to church
- Providing transportation when needed
- Mentoring and discipling students through bible study and daily life
Senior Adult Outreach
Led by: Alan Finkelstein
We plan on reaching out to and visiting a select number of local independent senior living facilities to provide interested residents an opportunity to meet, fellowship and worship with members of our church. We are prayerfully hoping that the Lord will use this outreach ministry to spiritually open the hearts of lonely senior citizens and let them know they are welcome to join us to worship and praise the Lord with our Ebenezer family. Areas of outreach would include:
- Bible Study
- Hymn Sings
- Visits from our church members
- Friendly phone calls/cards from our church members
Led by: Nick and Alba Jankoski
It is our hope and prayer to reach as many mothers and fathers as possible in choosing life for their unborn children. Our main location would be outside of abortion clinics because we believe it is our mission to meet people where they are at. Our goal is to love on these men and women by sharing the truth of their sin and the never-ending grace and mercy of the Gospel of Christ. We would like help with the following:
- Sharing the Gospel
- Sharing information about abortion and Planned Parenthood
- Alternatives to abortion such as Bright Hope
- Giving brothers and sisters an opportunity to experience the mission field (evangelism training through observation)
Detailed List of Ministry Opportunities at Ebenezer BFC:
- Activities Committee – Host all-church events and sports (Chili Cook-Off, The Not-So Amazing Race, Picnic, etc)
- Adult Electives – Teach Sunday morning classes for adults
- Aesthetics Team – Help with the interior decor of the church
- Benevolence – Field requests for monetary help
- Caregivers – Assist with light maintenance and home care for widows, single moms, elderly, etc.
- Children’s Ministries: Minister to grades 5 and younger through Sunday School, Children’s Church, Nursery, or Wednesday Night Kids Club
- College Ministry – Teach/Lead/Disciple college-age young adults for Sunday School, Bible Study, special events
- Counting Offering – Help count the offering
- Church Safety – Help be the eyes and ears that keep gathering safe
- Library – Help patrons sign out books, and keep the books catalogued and shelved
- Kinship Groups – Host/Teach/Assist with these small-group fellowships that meet every-other Sunday evening Sept-May at various homes.
- Kitchen/Events – Help maintain the kitchen and cook for all-church events
- Meals: Meal Train – Set up an online sign-up for families needing meals due to emergency, new baby, sickness, etc.
- Meals: Funeral Luncheons – Help order & serve food for funeral luncheons at the church
- Men’s Ministry – Help teach/lead/host Bible studies, breakfasts, conferences, events for men
- Ministry Assimilation – Help people get plugged in to serving at Ebenezer
- Missions Committee – Help support, care for, share about the missionaries supported by Ebenezer
- MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – Leadership Team and Children’s workers needed for this women’s fellowship that meets 1st & 3rd Thursday Mornings, Sept – May.
- Ordinances – Help prepare for communion and baptism
- Outreach & Evangelism – Join the team in ministering to our community
- Property Committee – Help keep the church in good repair
- Senior Fellowship – Help organize monthly luncheons and events for ages 55+
- Shut-Ins Ministry – Reach out to our elderly through cards, phone calls, visits
- Simulcast, Media, Sound – Help with the the technical aspects of the Sunday morning worship services
- Support Groups – Lead a group for DivorceCare, GriefShare, addictions, etc
- Technology – Help keep the church’s tech running smoothly: work stations, internet, wifi, server, etc
- Transportation – Help keep the church’s two vehicles ready for use
- Ushers – Help with Sunday morning seating and offering
- Wedding Coordinator – Assist couples with the details of their special day
- Welcome Ministry – Be a Greeter, host the Welcome Counter, or help host Welcome Lunches on Sundays
- Women’s Ministry – Help plan/host/teach Bible Studies, Fellowship Times, Conferences, and Special Events for women
- Worship – Join our team of musicians and vocalists who lead the Worship on Sunday mornings
- Youth Ministry – Minister to grades 6-12 through Sunday School, Tuesday Youth Group, small groups
Saved to Serve Class at Ebenezer BFC:
CLICK HERE to sign up for our next Saved to Serve Class. It’s a 6 week class held twice a year during the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings (10:05 – 11:00 am). This class is focused on discovering what you are good at doing and then discovering ways to serve the Lord in those ways, whether it is here at Ebenezer or elsewhere.
Identifying Your Spiritual Gift:
- How to Determine Your Spiritual Gift, video by Todd Friel, “Wretched” Ministry. Todd is the author of many books and resources and host of Wretched Radio, TV and YouTube. He has very practical resources on family discipleship, discernment, and evangelism.
- How to Find Your Spiritual Gift, a short article summarizing the principles outlined by Charles C. Ryrie in his book, The Holy Spirit
Articles: Respected Christian leaders teach us more about Biblical Servanthood and Spiritual Gifts
- Mary & Martha: In Luke 10:38-42 sisters Mary & Martha invite Jesus into their home. John MacArthur wrote two articles on this passage:
- Serve with Joy, sermon by Pastor Tim Gibson. sermon notes
- Are All Spiritual Gifts Active Today?, blog by Pastor Tim Gibson
- Serve One Another, article by Eric Watkins, Ligonier Ministries
- Searching for the Spiritual Gifts, in this article Tim Challies gives 5 principles on identifying gifts
- 3 Truths About Spiritual Gifts, article by Jesse Johnson
Scripture: Scripture verses with a focus on serving & spiritual gifts
- Set free from sin and saved to serve: Gal. 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
- Reminders on the spiritual gifts given to each believer and purpose of serving:
- 1 Peter 4:10-11 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[fn] and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[fn] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
- Understanding our God-given desires and passions: Psalm 37:3-6 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
- Uniqueness and diversity of believers in how each is gifted:
- 1 Corinthians 12 (whole chapter)
- Romans 12:1-13 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
- Jesus model of serving others:
- John 13:14-17 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
- Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- Sisters Mary and Martha inviting Jesus into their home: Luke 10:38-42 – 38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”