Want to really be of help somewhere?

"Now that I have built relationships, this is an essential part of my week. I don't even see it as volunteer service. It's more like spending time with my friends" — Katie Tate

Five principles for strategically choosing an area of ministry

"We have different gifts according to the grace given us."-- Romans 12:6

A major requirement of the Ministry, Church and Society course at Southern Nazarene University was giving at least 8 hours of service to a ministry project.

Are you searching for a place to get plugged in? Follow these five principles.

1. Look for the least known, least understood tasks.
Such jobs are more likely to need your help than tasks that everyone already knows about and feels they can do.
2. Seek to empower others.
Is there something you can do to empower other people in their ministries? Are there things you can do to channel other people into ministry and thus help the church or ministry organization turn their vision into reality?
3. Look for things which are touching peoples' lives.
Don't do something just because others are. Seek out ministry opportunities which are not well publicized.
4. Be wary of effort-less sounding ways to do ministry.
Check them out. Don't be fast and loose with trying to accomplish something for God and expect Him to make up the difference. Ministry can mean making yourself vulnerable. It can mean sacrificial giving of yourself.
5. Recognize the need for behind-the-scenes workers who work without recognition.
Front line activity suffers if supply lines are not kept in good shape. Are there things you can do to free up others from mundane, time-consuming repetitive tasks?
Others are more likely to tackle the attractive tasks.

Adapted from material in the Mission Frontiers Bulletin

"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve."

"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second law of thermodynamics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love"
      — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where have others done their ministry projects?

Here's a listing of where MCS students served.

What in the world are MCS "lab" reports?

NextLabs are required in MCS as well as in biology and chemistry. [ read more ]

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