Why We Serve
If you’ve been served by ERPC, whether it be through greeters on Sundays, teachers in your child’s ERPC Kids classrooms, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea before service, musicians on stage leading us in worship, or any number of other ways – chances are you’ve been served by a faithful volunteer giving up time and talent to serve Jesus by serving you.
At ERPC, we intentionally keep our budget and staff small and rely on a huge community of volunteers who love Jesus and love to serve his church. We place a huge emphasis on volunteering. We demonstrate our love for others and our love for God by serving in our communities and in our local church. We believe the local church is the hope of the world and we desire to partner with it in any way we can.
We’re always in need of more help. If you consider ERPC your church, we ask you to serve as a volunteer. By doing so, you’re an essential part of helping others meet Jesus. And if you’re a member, you’ve committed to serve generously as part of your membership covenant.
We’re committed to discovering our gifts and talents, being equipped to serve, and engaging in volunteer opportunities with a servant’s heart. We want you to find the one that best suits your passion, personality, and availability. We strive to have rotations for most of our positions so that not one person or group is expected to carry too much weight.
As followers of Christ we are called to be humble servants of one another (Galatians 5:13, 1 Peter 4:10, Philippians 2:1-7). And where the people of God respond to meet the needs of others around them, the church thrives.
Called to Serve
Jesus gave clear instructions to his disciples (students, learners) who under his teaching had become apostles (messengers, sent ones) as he sent them on their mission:
How are we to go?
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)
Where are we to go?
And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NIV)
Jerusalem – Our home, our immediate neighborhood
Judea – Our hometown or county
Samaria – Places that make us feel uncomfortable
The ends of the earth – Places far away, foreign countries