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Topic:

Opportunities to Serve and Grow

Before Class:

Study these teaching points covered in the teaching video.

(Notice the time for the teaching video and testimony video and plan accordingly to cover all and have good discussion time.)

The PLACE process can help you discover how God has uniquely designed you, and it will help you realize His purpose in your life. You find your life as you give it away … but first, you have to know what you have to give.  

 

Ephesians 2:10 says, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Before you existed, God had good things planned that only you can do. Mount Pisgah uses the PLACE assessment to help you discover the purpose and ministry God created you to fulfill. This step of discovery on your spiritual journey unearths your personality type and spiritual gifts, provides insight into your abilities, identifies your area of passion, and reveals how your life experiences have shaped you into Kingdom service.  

 

Five assessments in this tool provide you with a complete personal profile that will help guide you in becoming the hands and feet of Christ in your church, in your community, and in the world.  

 

Personality or psychological testing seems like modern tools for our information and self-obsessed culture, but discovering how God created us is a Biblical mandate.  “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:4-8  

 

Knowing how we fit into the body of Christ brings freedom. “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” I Corinthians 12:1 The freedom to say no to areas that don’t align with your gifts and abilities. The freedom to grow and start new ministries. When you are doing what God created you to do, you are energized and effective.  

 

“King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram . . . a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.” I Kings 7:13-14

Introduce the content and video for this class (in your own words):

Today more than any other time in history, people are bombarded with multiple choices as to how to give their time. They find themselves asking, “Where do I fit in?”, “Why am I here?” and “What can I do to make a lasting difference in my life and the lives of others?” God created each of us for a purpose. Mount Pisgah uses the PLACE assessment to help you find the right fit for you.  

 

When you’re serving in a role that complements your spiritual gifts, abilities, and personality, you are excited to serve and have a tremendous impact.  

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Mount Pisgah has a wide array of weekly, monthly, one time and everything in between service opportunities, both inside the church and out in the community.

Play the teaching video:

Discussion questions (pages 16 and 17):

  1. Name a time you served/volunteered and knew you were doing what you are made to do.   

  2. What exactly about that experience made it so rewarding for you? The task, the people, their response, the outcome?  

  3. Would you be more encouraged to serve if you had information on how you’re wired and what you’re good at?

Tough questions prep:   

I feel guilty saying no to something I know I’m not designed for because the need is so great (like VBS or being an impact group leader).   Help them understand that God wired us to serve but never asked us to do everything open/asked. Trust God to bring the right people.  “Your no, may allow another to say yes” 

 

Aren’t some areas so important that everyone should do them? (hospitality, witnessing).  Yes, there are certain things we are all called to do like “giving”, but we still give grace as God is teaching all of us to follow/obey.

Play the short personal testimony video:

Briefly review the following list of volunteer opportunities from pages 18 and 19:

Ask participants to name areas that appeal to them and/or areas they know aren’t a good fit. Encourage them to discern why an opportunity is or isn’t right for them.

Mount Pisgah Volunteer Opportunities

Add the descriptions for those that may not be clear 

 

  • Worship Ministries  

    •  Worship Arts – choir, orchestra or praise team  

 

  • Technical Ministries   

    • Lights, sound, camera, video and production  

 

  • DiscipleLife 

    • Adult Classes – teaching and assisting  

    • Women’s Ministry

    • Men’s Ministry  

 

  • Children's Ministry  

    • Small Group Leader (K-5th)  

    • Leaders for Collide (K-5th mid-week program)  

    • Greeters for Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights 

    • Special Events  

    • VBS  

    • SCREAM (spiritual retreat for 3-5th graders)  

 

  • Service Opportunities   

    •  Blanket Ministry 

    •  Lunch for the Troops (USO) 

    •  Nursing Home Ministry 

    •  Prison Ministry 

    •  Loving Meals 

    •  Stephen Ministry 

    •  Prayer Team 

    •  Special Needs Team 

 

  • International Missions  

 

  • Disaster Response Team  

  • Community Partnerships   

    • Bread Ministry 

    • The Drake House 

    • Habitat for Humanity 

    • North Fulton Community Charities 

    • Homestretch 

 

  • Student Ministries   

    •  Small Group Leader (Grades 6-12) 

    •  Bible Study Leader (Grades 6-12) 

    •  Cafe Volunteer (Sunday AM) 

    •  Pizza Volunteer (Sunday PM) 

    •  Special Events (Various Times) 

  

  • Connect Ministry  

    • Usher 

    • Greeter 

    • Coffee Team 

    • Parking Lot Team 

Closing: 

When we gain insight into ourselves, it spills over into all areas of our lives. How might understanding how you’re made improve your work life and personal relationships?  

PLACE is a tool to help you identify how God made you. This knowledge and understanding helps you identify where and how you fit into the body of Christ.

Make sure they know how to find PLACE assessment on our website and invite them to next class, Connect to God.  Let them know there is great theology in this class as we discuss God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Sin and Satan.

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pisgah
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678.336.3000

info@mountpisgah.org

2850 Old Alabama Rd

Johns Creek, GA 30022

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