Being part of a church community means sharing your time and talents with others in the service of the church’s mission. A variety of IPC Mission Teams provide fellowship and service opportunities for everyone in the church community. Check out our six current Mission Teams and see where God may be calling you to serve.
Strategic Planning Team
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Discerning God’s purposes for a community of faith requires prayer, spiritual reflection, and creative dialogue. The Strategic Planning Team listens for God’s direction as they envision Christian mission for our congregation and its future. Launched as a planning, implementation, and support group for the New Beginnings program in 2012, the team continues to help envision new possibilities for church growth and mission by working to identify, develop, and sustain new connections and outreach opportunities with our surrounding community and the world. They also help our congregation put mission into practice by providing leadership development for small groups. The team meets quarterly. If you possess good communication and leadership skills, and if you desire to see Christ’s ministry grow in the world around us, please consider adding your gifts to this team.
Christian Education Team
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Our need for continuing spiritual growth and learning through prayer and Bible study, is the foundation of the mission for the Christian Education Team. The CE Team meets quarterly to plan and administer all Youth and Adult Small Group curriculums and programs. Each program is designed to help build stronger personal relationships with God and with each other, and to make vital connections between our faith and living responsibly in our world today. The team is also responsible for our Nursery care program and facilities, as well as recruiting and training teachers and group leaders. If you enjoy working with youth or adults, and experiencing the joy of helping others learn and grow in their faith, then the CE Team may be a good home for you to share your gifts.
Worship and praise are central to the life of any congregation. The Worship Team works devotedly to insure that worship is meaningful, inspiring, joyous, and celebrates God’s presence in our lives and in our community. The team meets monthly with the pastor and music director for worship planning. They also prepare the elements for Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. If you enjoy planning and want to use your creativity in the service of worship, the Worship Team welcomes you.
Finance & Stewardship Team
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’” (Luke 14:28-30)
Managing a church’s finances is critical to maintaining a healthy church community and enabling its good works. The Finance and Stewardship Team does just that by overseeing all church financial activities, including bookkeeping, developing the church budget, managing memorial and endowment funds, and planning an annual stewardship campaign. Good with numbers? The Finance and Stewardship Team may be a good match for your time and talents.
Maintaining a house of worship that is safe, inviting, and brings glory to God is the work of the Property and Maintenance Team. This dedicated group oversees everything from the weekly cleaning of the sanctuary to arranging for snow removal. It’s a big job, and this hands-on group tackles many repairs and upgrades with their own talents and elbow grease. If you have mechanical or other practical hands-on skills you’d like to share, the team meets monthly to plan projects. All are welcome.
“And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.” (Acts 14:23)
The welfare of every church rests in God’s hands and in those chosen to lead each congregation with prayerful commitment and dedication. The Nominating Team recruits candidates for leadership positions as elders and deacons. Those who serve as elders and deacons normally have three year terms after being approved by the congregation. The Nominating Team is comprised of one elder, one deacon, and three members of the congregation at large. Do you have a good eye for potential leaders? Come join us.