Tag: serving

Serving Out of Their Need

When I think about raising support, my first thought is always “I don’t want to ask people for money.” Confronting the task of raising my own funding for the trip the Antioch Discipleship School takes every year is no different.

As part of the curriculum, students in the Antioch Discipleship School finish the program with an international outreach trip. This year, with a departure date set for May 8th, our team is set to head to Dubai UAE—contingent on our fundraising $45,000, of course.

As we brainstormed as a team about how to raise such an intimidating amount of support, we recalled a lesson from the school about the importance of the body working together to bring glory to God here on earth. The idea of a service project emerged and we decided to run with it. If we are going to ask others to edify the body by offering their financial support, then we could participate by offering our time and service to someone in need.

We decided to plan a day serving a member of Antioch and to ask people to sponsor us, similar to sponsoring a runner in a 5k. Reaching out, we connected with Megan, a recently widowed mother of two young boys. Being an incredible mother and faithful servant, she was a perfect fit.

On Sunday, April 19th, our team of sponsored volunteers arrived at Megan’s home. Over the course of four hours, we were able to not only landscape her yard and flowerbed but also build and paint a fort for her two boys, Elijah and James. Local businesses and anonymous donors graciously donated the supplies and fort.

As a team, we felt accomplished in having served someone in the process of asking others to serve us.  Even if we hadn’t raised a dime for our trip, we knew we’d participated in the workings of the body of Christ and contributed to the Kingdom. In Ephesians 4:12, Paul says the Lord gifted the body with different types of people “to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Some people can ask for support, some people can give to a cause, some can serve a widow and some can do it all to go to Dubai.

If you want to hear more about this project, email Christen Batson.

We Need You.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

700 kids.

250 volunteers.

People volunteer for a numbers of reasons, but there is one common thread for those who volunteer in Antioch Kids Ministry: FUN!

Our goal is to create environments where kids can encounter God. There is a place for you to serve this summer.  God has placed gifts on your life to contribute to the body of Christ and we’d love for you to be on our team. As you can see on the flow chart below, there are countless ways you can serve: with kids or not.  In a leadership capacity or not.  With babies or not.  We’d love to get a chance to tell you about how God changes the lives of kids and volunteers every week through people just like you. Let us know if you’re interested in serving this summer.  We look forward to talking to you soon!

Find Your Spot

I will state the obvious – I am a kid person. I find them hysterical, honest, endearing, emotional and pure. Kids love unconditionally because most of them haven’t learned how risky it is to love that way. I tell people, “If you want to feel loved, spend some time with a kid.”

I have found my spot with the kids at this church. My job is a dream job for someone who loves kids and loves Jesus. In the Journey (Antioch’s Kids Ministry for 1st through 3rd graders), we get to encounter, enrich and shape the spiritual lives of little humans who will grow up to be big humans with the potential for international impact. We get to play a supporting role to our parents, and sometimes be the voice that shares the Gospel with a child for the first time.

Kids need people to love them. Even the pastor’s kid with a prayer warrior of a mom probably wouldn’t turn to you and say, “It’s okay, I don’t need you (a person whom God has gifted uniquely) to love me right now.” Being involved in kids ministry is not about providing childcare while the grown-ups sit in “big church.” It’s about having the God-given honor of discipling and loving kids into their identity and destiny as Jesus followers.

I did not grow up following Jesus. And I have a lot of friends who gave their lives to Jesus at a young age, but for normal reasons, turned or fell away from God somewhere in their early teens before turning back to Him with a passion. I pray the kids at Antioch will have a different story; that their relationship with Jesus starts now and never falters. Not because of what it would say about me or this church or the Bible belt. But because of the righteousness that comes to those who believe Jesus is greater than their desire to sin. And maybe it would save them from some of the pain that inevitably comes during those wonderfully/horribly awkward teenage years and beyond.

This dream of kids who are sold out on loving Jesus at an early age won’t happen without the buy-in of the older generation. And while God is more than capable of doing all of this on His own, He miraculously invites us into the journey and says, “Can I work through you?” I feel like inviting people to work with kids is almost an advertisement for an ancient cure-all. “Do you want to feel beautiful? Important? Hysterical?  Like you’re actually making a difference in the world?” Yes, it’s about changing and molding the lives of the greatest first through third graders on the planet. But God seems to have a thing about blessing those who serve Him – and His children!

As we gear up for the fall, I am believing for our kids to have more fun than ever at church. And I am believing for kids to fall more in love with Jesus! It is always an honor and a privilege to be a part of what God is doing. And it’s a blast when He does whatever He’s doing with super soakers and ridiculous hats. I can promise you this – you couldn’t spend a year volunteering in the kids ministry without learning to see God in a new way. God is big. But He really likes those who are small.

By Jessie Nahom

Journey Pastor (1st – 3rd grade)

You can find your spot and serve in the Antioch Kids Ministry today! Start your application.