Spiritual Gift Inventories
And the Ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Concord
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them...” Romans 12:6
The Spiritual Gift Committee has compiled the following ministries of FPCC. If you consider yourself part of the body of Christ at FPCC, or are considering becoming a part of this body of believers, we ask that you prayerfully consider how your gifts and abilities might best be used to glorify God and to minister to those at FPCC and outside the body of FPCC.
In His Service,
The Spiritual Growth Committee
1. Ministries of Service:
“…but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:13)
The Friendly Kitchen
Our church participates in a ministry called The Friendly Kitchen (also known as Hope House) where meals are served to needy people in the Concord area. Our purpose is to demonstrate love to these individuals by meeting a physical need in a gracious manner that might soften their hearts toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Volunteers are needed for the second Wednesday of every month. Time slots are 3:00-6:30 and 4:00-6:30. Please contact Brad Green with questions.
The Hospitality Table
Practicing hospitality is a responsibility for all Christians. The word “hospitality” literally means “the love of strangers.” As believers we are called not only to practice hospitality toward members of our church, but we must also view hospitality as an effective ministry and form of outreach toward visitors. One tangible way we welcome newcomers to our church is inviting them to stay for coffee and refreshments. We would like to find more people to share this ministry by serving once a quarter. If you are willing to be a hostess, a helper, or to be in the coffee rotation, please contact the church.
Facility Set Up and Tear-Down
Our mission is to prepare the Sanctuary, Sunday School and Fellowship areas to ensure that God’s people have an effective worship experience and to restore the church to its original configuration as good stewards of the facility that God has provided us with.
Sunday morning setup necessitates arriving on Sunday between 7:15 and 7:30 AM. Setup will consist of moving equipment from the downstairs storage area to the upstairs sanctuary. Of particular importance for the ‘setup person’ is timeliness/reliability. This is important work. Please prayerfully consider if you are willing to assist the Church with this effort. Those of you with teenagers, please consider talking to them about helping with this work, it is a good opportunity for them to serve the Church!
Our church provides nursery care during the morning worship service for children up to age 3. We seek to offer a safe, nurturing environment for infants and toddlers so that their parents and loved ones may be relieved to enjoy and respond to God’s Word as it is preached from the pulpit and as it is administered through music during the worship time. We are looking for more volunteers for this ministry. If you would like to be included in the nursery rotation, please contact the church office.
Greeters and Ushers
These volunteers greet church members and visitors in a welcoming fashion that displays God’s grace. They seek to acknowledge first time visitors and obtain their contact information so that our Pastor may follow up their visit with a phone call. Ushers offer assistance in seating and administer the Offertory as directed by the Worship leader.
2. Ministries of Intercession:
“…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)
Critical Prayer Needs
A practical form of communication will be set up in the coming weeks for the communication of critical prayer needs relative to the church family and their immediate family. There are times when a pressing prayer concern needs to be communicated to the congregation. If you have such a need, please call or email Pastor Domin or any elder and we will see that this need is promptly communicated to the congregation.
The men of our church minister to one another, Church members, and others through this time of intercession. Specific prayer requests and praise are offered to God in the effectual prayers of the men whom He has called.
Prayer meeting is held on Wednesday mornings at 7:45 in the church office. All men are invited to participate.
3. Ministries of Administration:
“[Be]…not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)
Our church organizes people in dynamic groups to share in the joy and fellowship of the Holy Spirit. These small groups provide an atmosphere for developing intimate relationships within the Church body that will bring glory to God and encouragement to His people.
Spiritual Growth Committee:
This committee is a valuable resource to members of our church. Its primary purpose is to encourage believers’ growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We also encourage our members to identify and apply their unique Spiritual gifts for the edification of the church body and the support of church ministries. Our mission includes helping new believers and visitors to be assimilated into ministries of the Church as they desire to serve Him.
FPCC Website/Church Calendar:
Our church has a website that explains its ministries, programs, and the fundamentals of our Christian faith and doctrine. We seek to provide clear, valuable information to people who desire to learn more about our church. Our calendar (posted on the website) lists dates and times of ongoing ministries as well as special events. Please contact the church office with items pertaining to the church’s calendar.
We encourage all members to visit our church’s website: www.fpccnh.org and to offer input as to how we can make this tool more useful and appealing. Your suggestions and assistance with this tool of outreach are greatly appreciated.
4. Ministries of Helps:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
Our church body identifies and provides for the needs of its members. Often the provision of nutritious meals will ease the burden of a family or individual who is recovering from sickness or experiencing difficulty. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Christie Green.
Note: Please see the Ministries of Service for other applications of this spiritual gift.
5. Ministries of Mercy:
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
CareNet Pregnancy Center
Our church supports the local ministry of CareNet, where counseling and services are provided to women and men in need. CareNet provides an environment that respects the mother and her unborn child as beings who are created in God’s image. Here women in crisis can experience the love of Christ through volunteers who are willing to provide for immediate physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Ministries of Music:
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2)
Music is a wonderful gift from the Lord that can be used to worship our Creator and to encourage God’s people in their duty to exalt the Godhead. Our mission is for music to have proper balance in the worship and life of the church. Those with musical talents (vocal or instrumental) are invited to participate in choir or in the worship team.
6. Ministries of Teaching:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Adult Sunday School
Our elders’ calling is to teach the whole counsel of Scripture through the Sunday school and small group ministries in order to produce disciples of Christ who are eager to serve him and make His word known. The Scriptures encourage us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” One of the ways you can do this is through participating in the education ministry of our church.
Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary Sunday School
We commit to faithfully instructing our covenant children in the Scriptures so they can come to know Jesus Christ and understand His calling for their lives. Our Sunday school teachers desire to assist parents in their covenant responsibility to “bring [our children] up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
Our church has begun a ministry for women in the church. All women are welcome to attend quarterly brunches where ministry opportunities are discussed and Bible studies are scheduled. The purpose of this ministry is to glorify God by encouraging and instructing the women of FPCC and to draw new women into our fellowship.
7. Ministries of Evangelism and Outreach:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19)
"Our church body is committed to faithfully carrying out Christ’s Great Commission. We do this through participating in community outreach programs and through training our church members to share their faith in a practical and winsome way.
Please be in prayer for our church as a missions team will be put together for a summer of 2007 missions trip. Pray for God’s direction in the place He wants us to go."
-Pastor Doug Domin