Saltillo First United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Ye are the Light of the World

Ways to Serve

 

Saltillo First United Methodist Church has a variety of opportunities to serve God and further His Kingdom.  We want to help you find your path and share the journey.

“Our Vision:  "To shine brightly as the Light of the World" [Matt. 5:14-16]
 
Our Mission: "To glorify God as we lead people to become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ.”
 
Our Strategy: "To fulfill our vision and mission by applying the patterns outlined in Acts 2:42-47"
 
    ·         Who LIVE in a Holy Awe of God and in a heavenly Unity with one another.
    ·         Who SEEK GOD through Prayer and Worship.
    ·         Who GROW DEEP IN CHRIST through Fellowship and Discipleship.
    ·         Who REACH OUT IN MISSION through Ministry and Evangelism.
 
The ministry of our church is implemented through a leadership team of persons who have chosen to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Eph. 4:10) and “To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness”.
 
Each year the “leaders” are chosen through the charge conference process, as outlined in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. These persons are chosen for the general leadership of the local church, under the spiritual leadership of our Senior Pastor. An attempt is made to match the gifts and graces with areas of ministry, to the best of our ability.
 
These leaders are then provided “volunteers” through the annual In His Steps commitment program. This process is enumerated and publicized by announcement from the pulpit, the written word and electronic means. A special emphasis recognition service is conducted at the end of the period of emphasis with a “Commitment Sunday” where all who chose may come to the altar and present their “gifts” to the service of the Lord.
 
From these “offerings”, volunteers are placed in their chosen area of ministry based on their “commitments”. The areas of ministry from which persons may choose is reviewed each year by the leadership team and new areas are added, amended, and sometime deleted. An attempt is made to be as specific as possible in describing the ministries so that persons may have a full understanding of exactly what they are “choosing”.   This entire process of commitment uses biblical directions as much as possible and in the most recent campaign, an attempt was made to align the ministries in accordance with the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. (Adapted from, “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Bishop Robert Schnase). Once the response forms are tabulated, listings of volunteers are then made available to the ministry area coordinators. The area coordinators then meet with the volunteers to acquaint them with the specifics of that ministry and how each person fits in that ministry. Every volunteer needs to be fully aware of the opportunities they have to contribute to the overall success of that ministry.
 
As a result of suggestions and recommendations during the preparation stage, leading up to the last charge conference, there is changes/expansion/realignment of some of the ministry areas.
 
One of these expansion/clarifications is in the area of Mission and Service. In the past, a generic term, local missions, had been used. In this year’s IHS form, persons were able to be specific about the area of missions in which they wanted to work. Two new areas of ministry were suggested during the nominations process and persons were recommended and approved at Charge Conference. There will be a Camp Lake Stephen Ministry , and will be coordinating all areas of spiritual life for Adults, Youth and Children. April Jones will lead this ministry. Camps, retreats and other special opportunities will be made available to all ages. 
 
As we anticipate the New Year, we have every reason to be optimistic about the direction our church is moving, with dedicated leadership and committed persons who are willing to make a difference in our church, our community and the world.
 
Leadership Team members will be asked to meet soon after Jan. 1 to receive the listings of the new volunteers and plan how we can best utilize the skills and abilities of each one.