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My Ministry Connection

Thank you so much for your interest in serving Christ through Central United Methodist Church.  As we seek to connect each person to Christ, we are committed to helping you find the place of service that fits your passion and your giftedness.  I hope you’ll take time not only to fill out the My Ministry Connection form but also to use this handy guide to assist you.

Our goal is not to just fill slots; our goal is to have every person be able to say, “I know I’m right where God wants me to be, because I love this and God’s given me a passion for it!”  We as a church staff will be praying for you as you read this booklet through and fill out your form; please know we are here to assist you as you seek God’s will in the area of service. 

How to Use this Guide

This document is designed to guide you in filling out your “My Ministry Connection” pamphlet.

Central put this together to help you choose the right area of service for you. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you will be able to find where your gifts and the church’s needs connect…

You will find basic descriptions for each area of service offered along with a contactand phone number.  Adjacent to the title of each service opportunity you will find abbreviations that correspond to spiritual gifts. For example (Ld—leadership)

A Spiritual Gifts Assessment can help you identify your God-given gifts for living faithfully as a Christian disciple. The process helps people understand the nature of spiritual gifts and ways to enhance the effectiveness of their gifts.

Please be aware that this online assessment is designed to introduce you to the gifts of the Spirit. To more deeply understand your spiritual giftedness, we recommend that you explore your gifts through a Spiritual Gifts study or in a Lay Servant course.


Spiritual Gifts

Ad       Administration - One that can organize people effectively for accomplishing the objectives of ministry. Administrators have the ability to apply resources where they will do the greatest good.

Ev        Evangelism - Persons gifted in this area have a strong desire to share the gospel with non-believers in every situation and by all possible means. Jesus Christ. These persons look for areas where the need for the gospel is greatest and are willing to make personal sacrifices to share the gospel.

Ex        Exhortation - Persons gifted in the area of exhortation have a special ability to encourage others in the body of Christ by giving them words of comfort, encouragement, and counsel in times of need. They are attracted to individuals seeking spiritual growth and often are willing to share their past personal failures to help motivate others toward greater spiritual maturity.

Gi        Giving - Those with the motivational gift of giving are the "arms" of the body. They truly enjoy reaching out in giving. They are excited by the prospect of blessing others; they desire to give quietly, in secret, but will also motivate others to give. They are alert to people's needs; they give cheerfully and always give the best that they can.

He       Helps - This gift of support and behind-the-scenes effort make groups, families and congregations more effective. Many are gifted to handle the tasks that are essential, yet often less glamorous. Helpers love to serve others, support others, and assist others in the important work of ministry and mission.

Ho       Hospitality—Persons gifted in the area of hospitality have the ability to make guest feel comfortable and at home. They have adesire to provide a warm welcome to guest, whether in a ministry or social setting.

Ld        Leadership—Those with the motivational gift of leadership have the ability to see the overall picture and set long-term goals; they are good organizers and find efficient ways of getting work done. They often have the ability to lead others toward spiritual growth.

Me      Mercy– Those gifted in mercy have immediate compassion for those who are suffering physically, spiritually, or emotionally. They derive great joy from meeting the needs of others and often attract people who are in distress.

Pr      Prophecy - People with the gift of prophecy have the ability to proclaim God’s truth without compromise. They are often incisive, clear and sometimes controversial, communicators.

Se      Service – Service is the gift of doing for others, sometimes to the exclusion of meeting personal needs. They are concerned with meeting needs; they are highly motivated, doers. They may tend to over commit, but find joy in serving and meeting short-term goals. They serve with a sense of identity and calling that goes beyond themselves.

Sh      Shepherding – The gift of shepherding is the gift of mentoring and providing spiritual guidance to others to help them to develop in the discipleship and faith formation. Shepherds take an active and individualized interest in the life and faith of others. Shepherds share from their own faith journey to make the way easier for others.

Te       Teaching - The teacher and the pastor are often a shared office, but not always. The teacher lays the foundation and is concerned with detail and accuracy. They delight in research to validate truth. Good teachers are more concerned with transformation rather than information. Persons gifted in this area have the ability to explain God’s truth so tat others can understand and apply it to their lives.


Worship Fully

Children’s Church Leader          Te        Sh

Using provided, age-appropriate curriculum, lead lessons approximately 30 min. in length during the last half of contemporary or late-traditional worship.  For ages 3 years through 5.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified.  Contact:  Director of Christian Education

Children’s Church Shepherd        Te        Sh

Assist during lessons approximately 30 minutes in length during the last half of contemporary or late-traditional worship.  For ages 3 through 5 years.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified.  Contact:  Director of Christian Education

Sunday Morning Audio/Visual/Lighting Team          He

Assist in worship with the visual material, lighting effects, and sound. Sunday mornings. Contact:   Director of Technical Ministries

Usher He       Gi

Volunteers are needed to help in at least one Sunday a month. Responsibilities include but are not limited to; handing out bulletins, helping people find open seating, collecting the offering and directing traffic flow for communion Contact: Pastor of Evangelism and Connections

Scripture Reader                  Ex        

Read Scripture at 8:30 and/or 11:00 worship, once or twice a year. Contact:   Pastor of Congregational Care (8:30) or Director of Music Ministries  (11:00)

Communion Server                         He

Serve Communion during worship once or twice a year. Contact:   Pastor of Congregational Care (8:30) or Pastor of Evangelism and Connections  (9:00 and 11:00)

Communion Steward                                  He

Cut bread, set up communion stations with chalices, bread containers, and napkins. Contact:   Pastor of Congregational Care (8:30) or Pastor of Evangelism and Connections  (9:00 and 11:00)

Play Instrument in Worship            He

Electric, Acoustic, Stringed Instruments, Brass, and Woodwind needed to play in any of the services.  Short-term and long-term commitments available. Contact:   Director of Music Ministries

Vocals in Worship                                         He       Ex

Choir and Contemporary Worship Singers wanted. Contact:   Director of Music Ministries

Chancel Choir (Adult)                                              He       Ex

Singers always welcome:  High School and older. Rehearsal Wednesdays at 6:30. Contact:   Director of Music Ministries

Faith Ringers Handbell Choir (Adult)                                He

Adult hand bell choir.  Rehearsal on Mondays. Contact:   Assistant Director of Music Ministries


Grow Deeply

Adult Life Group Leader     Te       Sh       Ld

Life Group leaders are responsible for leading other adults toward faith in Christ and guiding them to serve Him through 1) worship fully 2) growing deeply 3) give freely 4) share passionately and 5) love unconditionally. Leading must move beyond the group time and into the daily living of participants. These are covenant, closed small group settings. Contact: Director Christian Education

Adult Sunday School Leader                     Te       Sh       Ld

An adult Sunday school teacher is responsible for leading other adults toward faith in Christ and guiding them to serve Him through 1) worship fully 2) growing deeply 3) give freely 4) share passionately and 5) love unconditionally. Teaching must move beyond the Bible study session into the daily living of participants. Contact: Director Christian Education

Adult Bible Study Leader   Te       Sh       Ld

An adult Bible study leader is responsible for leading other adults toward faith in Christ and guiding them to serve Him through growing deeply. Bible studies vary in duration. Contact: Director Christian Education

Lay Servant Ministries                     Ev        Ld        Sh

A lay servant is a member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the church and who is well informed on the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization and life of The United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communications, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries. Lay servants serve a variety of needs including help and assistance in servicing their personal ministry at home, in their local church and their community. The BASIC course is the first and prerequisite course for all advanced courses (if certification is desired). Contact: Director of Christian Education

Lay Speaker Ministries                    Ev        Ld        Sh       Pr

A lay speaker is a lay servant who must complete a track of study to include: Discovering Spiritual Gifts, Leading Worship, Leading Prayer, Preaching, United Methodist Heritage, United Methodist Polity. The BASIC course is the first and prerequisite course for all advanced courses. Contact: Director of Christian Education

Lay Servant Class Teacher              Te       Ld

Once the BASIC Lay Servant Course has been completed, a Lay Servant is eligible to teach an advanced course. Contact: Director of Christian Education

PreSchool Sunday School Leader                         Te        Sh

Guide children as they grow in their love and understanding of themselves, of God, of God’s love through Jesus Christ and of how we can share the love of Jesus with others.  One-month commitment. Must be Safe Sanctuary certified.  Contact:  Director of Christian Education

PreSchool Sunday School Shepherd                   He        Sh

Assist the Preschool Sunday School Leader.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact:  Director of Christian Education

Elementary Sunday School Leader                                   Te        Sh

Lead elementary children through adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games to experience what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Must be Safe Sanctuary certified.  Contact:  Director of Christian Education

Elementary Sunday School Shepherd                             He       Sh

Shepherds build relationships with children and enable workshop leaders to focus on teaching the lesson.  Shepherds are the nurturing “constant”  for our elementary aged children on Sunday mornings.  School year commitment preferred.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact:  Director of Christian Education

KidzLife Leader (Large Group-K-5th grades)                   Te        Sh       Ad

Adult who leads elementary age children and their youth small group leaders during Wednesday Night Live.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified.  Contact:  Director of Christian Education

Confirmation Mentor                      Te       Ex        Sh

Each confirmand is assigned an active adult member of the congregation to serve as his or her Confirmation mentor.  A mentor is a trusted individual, committed to walking alongside the confirmand in the Confirmation journey.  Must be Safe Sanctuary Certified.  Contact Director of Youth Ministries Contact: Director of Youth Ministries

Youth Life Group Leader                Te       Ex       Sh

To care for, love on, and disciple personal and group growth by coming prepared to each meeting, being knowledgeable of the material and spiritually prepared to lead life groups for our students.  Must be Safe Sanctuary Certified.  Contact: Director of Youth Ministries

Youth Sunday School Leader                                Sh       Te        Ad 

To administer the growth of a Youth Sunday School class by planning weekly for effective Bible study and discipling teenagers in their relationship with God, six week rotations.  Must be Safe Sanctuary Certified.  Contact Director of Youth Ministries


Give Freely

Adult Life Group Host Home                     Ho       Se

A Life Group is a covenant, closed, small group. As a Host Home, you would be responsible for providing space for a group to meet regularly, allowing the facilitator freedom to lead without other worries. Contact: Director Christian Education

My Ministry Connection Administrative Help                 Ad        He

Organize data and help with mailings or contacts. Contact:  CUMC office

Library Help                          Ad        He

Volunteer in the library to help shelve and care for books. Contact:  CUMC office

Pew Crew                              He

Clean out and replenish chair pockets with supplies for Sunday worship. Contact:  CUMC office

Office Clerical Help                         Se       Ad

Answer phones, stuff envelopes, light office work. Contact:  CUMC office

Women's Retreat Leadership Team          Ad       He       Ev        Ld

Be part of a team of women who organize and execute an annual women’s retreat. Contact: Pastor of Evangelism and Connections

Women’s Gala Table Host                          Se       He       Ho

Hostess a decorated table at the Women’s Gala in May.  Tables are decorated with a theme by the hostess and tickets are sold for the event.  Contact: Central Women Chairperson

Women’s Gala Server (Men)                      He       Se       Ho

Men of the church serve dinner to the ladies at the Women’s Gala held on the first Friday of May each year.  This is a fun event enjoyed by all.  This commitment is very short term. Contact:  Central Women Chairperson

Rummage Sale Help                                    He       Se

Help with sorting and staging sale items.  Help on the days of the sale.  Proceeds go towards children, youth, and women’s ministries. Contact: Central Women Chairperson

Show Home on Christmas Tour                             Ho

Show home on the Christmas Tour of Homes held in December.  Contact:  Central Women Chairperson

Youth Trip Van/Bus Driver                          Se       He

Chaperone who is willing to drive a van or bus (CDL required to drive bus). Must be Safe Sanctuary Certified. Director of Youth Ministries

Van/Bus Driver                                             He       Se 

Volunteer to drive a church vehicle to special events outside of the church.  The bus requires a CDL license.  Contact:  Church Administrator

Sunday Morning Transportation Assistance        Se       He

Getting people to church is a priority to us at CUMC, and providing transportation to those who cannot drive themselves is an important ministry. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Playground Clean Up                      He

Volunteer to help keep our playgrounds safe and clean for our littlest kiddos and our Weekday Childcare Ministries. Contact: Executive Director of Child Development

Minor Facility Maintenance/Repairs                     He       Se 

Volunteer to work with the Facilities Director providing help in maintenance and repairs to the building. Contact:  Facilities Director or Church Administrator

Landscape/Gardening/Mowing                 He       Se 

Volunteer to work the church grounds and/or mow in the warmer months.  Contact:  Facilities Director or Church Administrator 479.636.1630

Quarterly Kitchen Clean-up Team            Se

We would love to have a group of Kitchen Angels who keep the refrigerators, freezers and cabinets organized.  There are also towels and dishrags to be washed plus some general cleaning of appliances. This could be a group of several who are willing to be on a rotational basis. Contact Facilities Manager or Church Administrator

Wednesday Night Live Kitchen Crew      He       Ho

The CUMC family gathers for dinner approximately 12 times during the fall semester and 12 times during the spring school semester for choir, Bible study, Life groups and a dinner fellowship.  Help in the kitchen before or after dinner or help to serve the meal. Contact Director of Christian Education

Assist w/ Church-wide Fellowship Events           He       Ho

Several times throughout the year, special events take place that require set up and tear down and a bit of organization. Contact Pastor of Congregational Care

Bereavement Meals Help                          Me      Ho       He

A bereavement dinner is offered as an expression of love and care to the church family who has lost a loved one following the funeral/memorial service.  Help is needed to prepare and serve the meal at the church. Contact:   Pastor of Congregational Care

New Baby Meals                                          Me      Ho       He

When a new baby arrives, two meals are prepared and delivered to the family to rejoice in the new birth and to allow the family time to concentrate on their new arrival. Contact:   Pastor of Congregational Care

Care Note Writer                  Me      He

Write notes of encouragement, joy or sympathy to those in our congregation. Each note writer may write notes weekly or be in rotational timing with other writers. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Ozark Mission Project Host Church Help Se       Gi        He

Youth from all over the state gather at CUMC for a week each summer to go out into the community to build wheelchair ramps and complete small repair, yardwork, and painting projects. There are many opportunities to help, from offering your house for groups to shower in, donating food, and working in the kitchen to keep them fed. Contact: Director of Christian Education


Share Passionately

Vacation Bible School Director                 Le         Ad                 

Responsible for recruiting, coordinating and leading a team of volunteers before and during VBS.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact:  Director of Christian Education

VBS Rotation Leader                                   Te       Sh

There are many opportunities to serve children during VBS…Bible Adventure, Imagination Station, Games, Music and more! Must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact:  Director of Christian Education

VBS Group Leader               Sh        Le       

Responsible for shepherding groups of children to different areas of VBS and ensuring the safety of the children in their care.  No teaching required! Must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact:  Director of Christian Education

VBS Snack Team                  He         Ho

Responsible for organizing snacks for children before and during VBS.  Contact:  Director of Christian Education

VBS Behind the Scenes      He       Se

Children will see the stories behind the daily Bible point come to life as you lead them through dramatic experiences.  Must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact:  Director of Christian Education

Youth Mission Trip Adult Leader              Se       Ev        Gi       

A person 5 years older than the oldest participant who accompanies students and serves alongside them being the hands and feet of Jesus.  Examples of youth mission trips include Ozark Mission Project and Costa Rica Senior High Mission Trip.  Contact Director of Youth Ministries

Youth Retreat Adult Leader                       Se       Ev        Gi

An adult who accompanies students and helps lead cabin discussions, activities and more through a weekend experience of a retreat.  Currently offer two retreats: fall and winter.  Must be Safe Sanctuary Certified.  Contact Director of Youth Ministries

Youth Special Events Adult Leader          Sh    

An adult who takes an active role as a leader, and chaperone for a youth special event.  Examples are Turkey Bowl, Veritas, Christmas party.  Must be Safe Sanctuary Certified.  Contact Director of Youth Ministries

Trunk R Treat Outreach      Gi        He       Ev        Ho

Help us to reach our neighborhood by decorating your trunk, working a game or donating items. Contact Director of Christian Education

Easter Egg Hunt Outreach           Gi        He       Ev        Ho

Let’s share the story of Jesus with our surrounding neighborhood! Work a craft station, hide or donate Easter Eggs, etc. Contact Director of Christian Education

Advent Workshop Help      Gi        He       Ho

To raise funds for mission trips, our youth provide dinner and a Santa Shop as part of our Advent Workshop. Kids can shop, decorate cookies, and make crafts while remembering the story of Christmas. Adults and youth can make donations, work stations and help kiddos shop for their family. Contact Director of Christian Education or Director of Youth Ministries

Visitor and Member Contact                      Me

Phone contact with those who we have missed in church to make sure the needs of the congregation are being met. Contact Pastor of Congregational Care

Sunday Morning Greeters/Welcome Desk                                 Ho       He

Welcome all members and visitors into church building. Greeters need to be able to answer questions, direct people to different services, areas and classes. Contact: Pastor of Evangelism and Connections


Love Unconditionally

Prayer Teams                                                            Me      Ex                   

Be a part of our growing and exciting new prayer ministry here at Central. Watch how God answers prayers and tends to the needs of His flock. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Priscilla Circle                                               Se         Me      

The Priscilla Circle meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 9:30 am. Their primary focus is making pillows for mastectomy patients.  Contact: Central Women Chairperson

Adult Mission Trips                          Se            He              Ev

Adult mission trips are offered both internationally and nationally throughout the year. Contact Pastor of Missions and Worship Arts

Children’s Mission Activities Adult Participant   Sh       Gi        He

Periodically, our elementary aged children have mission opportunities of their own. We need adult helpers! Safe Sanctuary certification required. Contact Christian Education Director

Bonnie Grimes Elementary Fall Festival              Gi        Ev        He       Ho

The annual festival if a free event sponsored by Central United Methodist Church for the schools students and families and includes games, prizes, food, balloons, and more on the grounds of the school. Bonnie Grimes Elementary School, is a missions focus for our church. There are opportunities to make donations, work games, and fellowship with BGE families. Contact Pastor of Missions and Worship Arts

Bonnie Grimes Elementary Reader                      Sh       Se

Readers are volunteers who go to the school and read with groups of children or one child at a time. Days and times are varied based on volunteers availability. Contact: Pastor of Missions and Worship Arts

Grace Food Pantry   He       Ho       Ev

There are multiple opportunities to serve including taking donated food to the pantry, organizing pantry, and helping during assistance times. Contact Pastor of Missions and Worship Arts

Grace Community Meal      He       Ho       Ev        Gi

CUMC assists the 3rd Sunday of each month with our sister church, Grace UMC’s FREE Community Meal. Volunteers gather to prepare a meal and serve from 4 to 6 pm. Contact Pastor of Missions and Worship Arts

Annual Christmas Dinner                He        Ho      Se

This community outreach dinner is held on Christmas Day providing a holiday meal to the church and the surrounding community. A list of areas to serve is provided around the first of November each year. Contact:   Pastor of Missions and Worship Arts

Congregational Care Minister (CCMs)      Me      Se

Congregational Care Ministers are called to offer care to church members and families in times of need. They participate in the overall ministry of the church making sure every member remains connected to the church. A variety of ways to serve are available in this ministry for you to use the gifts that God has given you to offer the light of Christ to make a difference in the life of others. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Hospital Visitation    Me

Visitation in support of our church family during recuperation after medical treatment. Visits should be brief and involve a quick check in, along with a prayer and words of encouragement. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Homebound Visitation                    Me

Many of our members are unable to make it to church, so the church goes to meet them in their home. We “pair” a CCM with a homebound member for a long term relationship. Visits include bringing bulletins and reading material to the homebound, along with providing fellowship. It may also be an opportunity to assist with computer skills to help live-stream services if possible. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Assisted Living/Nursing Home Visitation Me

Extend the hand of Christ to those who reside in managed care. Those that will be visited will be “paired” with a CCM for a long term relationship. Contact: Pastor of Congregational Care

Prayer Shawl Ministry                                              Me        Se

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a unique way to reach out with love and care to others who are hurting, to comfort those in need of healing, to console those who are grieving, to bring hope to those in despair or in transition. Contact:  Pastor of Congregational Care