The River Church is very active in its ministries. Gatherings, Community Center, Growth Communities, and prison ministry are a few of them. God keeps opening doors for us as a church, and we are called to be the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16) and to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Everyone within the River Church community has ample opportunities to be used by God.
My first involvement in ministry was as a 14-year-old in the church band. I played every week until I left for college. During my college years, because of the pool of instrumentalists and my quiet nature, I was very inactive in ministry. After graduation, I went home, and I have been involved in church practically every weekend for the last eleven years.
My experience with the ministry has taught me this principle: if you want to attend church consistently, have some responsibilities. Get involved with the nursery, become a greeter or volunteer with children or students. Get scheduled regularly and take on the responsibility of serving your church family and guests visiting the church.
God has a plan to use you. If you open yourself to be the hands and feet of Jesus, you may be the answer to someone’s prayers. It may seem a trivial deed to you, but it could be monumental to someone else. Chances are you will be blessed as well.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Ephesians 6:7 (NIV)
“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.” 1 Peter 4:10-11