Legacy Christian Church strives for each member to SEE and DO the Word through Covenant Groups and Service where they can LIVE the WORD. Ministry Central provides ways for each member to give time and energy in service to others.
Just as you cannot fit a square peg into a round hole (at least, not without doing a lot of damage), you cannot fit all people into the same ministry positions. Every position, and every person, is unique. The purpose of Ministry Central is to help you understand how God has created you, and to help you find an area of service that is the right fit for you.
The Volunteer Profile allows you to share your skills, interests, and availability. The Spiritual Gifts Assessment will help you discover how God has blessed and equipped you to serve. We hope these two tools will help you start down the path of meaningful service. Please consider this the beginning of your journey, not the end!
God‘s Word is clear: we must love our neighbors as ourselves, and we become a neighbor to someone when we show mercy to that person. The Acts of Mercy challenges are designed for you to explore the question, “How can I show mercy to my neighbor?”
There are times when we share the good news of Jesus, and people place their faith in Him. There are other times when it is necessary to demonstrate the love of Jesus to them first, before they can respond to His message. This is what Acts of Mercy is all about.
For each month in 2017, take the challenge and find new ways to show mercy to your neighbor. View the challenges for each month below.
As you prepare to show acts of mercy in 2017, take a few minutes to identify your neighbors. Ask yourself, “Who is my neighbor?”
Maybe your neighbors are your co-workers, your actual neighbors, the families of your child’s soccer team, your knitting club, or . . . you decide. Write down your neighbors’ names and begin praying for them.
As you prepare to build relationships with your neighbors:
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)
Showing hospitality can bring a twofold blessing. While we make an effort to bless someone, we in turn are often blessed for our outreach of love and kindness. We never know how God plans to use our faithful obedience to further His kingdom, and bless His people. Inviting others into your home is a good first step in building a relationship that can be both fruitful and eternal!
A little hospitality can go a long way. Take the time to invite someone from your “community grid” into your home for a meal, cup of coffee or sweet treat. Use this time to begin building a relationship with someone in the way Christ did with His disciples. Something very special happens over the breaking of bread together, and hopefully a warm meal is just the beginning.
Host a progressive dinner with the members of your CG. Each CG family should invite one neighbor or friend to come along on the progressive dinner night. If this seems overwhelming for CG’s with a lot of children. Host a dessert night. Each CG family invite a family to join the dessert night. Make it a theme night: Death by chocolate, etc. Be creative; have some fun!
Host a dinner for someone in your community grid that you have really been meaning to invite over. Make a plan. Showing hospitality can be a great way to get the whole family involved. Have the children help plan the menu. Let them participate in the preparations for the dinner. Choose a theme dinner. This doesn’t have to be stressful. Make it simple, easy and fun for the whole family. Practice hospitality often.
We may not encounter leprosy on a regular basis, but there are so many who live like a leper, closed off from others. Notice Jesus’ interaction with the lepers. He extended His hand to the man. There are other examples of healings that took place without Jesus needing to physically touch anyone, so why now?
Like the gesture Jesus made, our efforts to have a personal “touch” with those who are isolated can make a physical and spiritual impact.
Spend time asking God to reveal to you someone within your community-grid that needs to be brought out of isolation into community with him. Once you have a person in mind, go out of your way to engage that person in conversation. Show them the love of God by just spending time with them.
This month many couples will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Is there someone in your community grid who will be alone on that night? Host a Valentine’s party and invite many of the singles in your community grid who might otherwise be alone on that day. Buy them a rose. Give them some chocolates. Celebrate community-style!
Adopt an elderly person(s) in your neighborhood. The elderly are among the most isolated in our society. Involve your kids and create a loving bond with them. Invite them into your home for the holidays when they are likely to be alone. Surprise them with a birthday cake. Mow their lawn. Rake their leaves. Bake some cookies and share.
Galatians 5:14 “For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
God asks us to put others before self, but we get so distracted by our busy lives that we forget to do so. In reality, nothing we do really matters if it is not motivated by love. How many more would join us in the body of Christ if we took time to show love, or if we would die to self to serve those around us? What might happen if we would leave margin in our life for conversations with neighbors, co-workers, family members, and perfect strangers?
Ask God to reveal someone in your “community grid” to randomly bless through an act of kindness. This could be helping an elderly person with spring yard work, cutting the grass for a busy family or single parent, or giving a gift card for gas, groceries, or a restaurant. Our actions speak loudly! What we do goes a long way in building a relationship that can lead to discipleship.
We have all heard about those “random acts of kindness.” Maybe you’ve experienced someone showering you with a random act of kindness. Select a week this month that your CG will identify someone in their community to do some random acts of kindness. Maybe you choose to do this for a total stranger. Pay for their coffee. Buy their lunch. Take a co-worker to lunch. Be creative!
For your family this month, set aside some time and discuss this idea of “random acts of kindness.” Have each family member choose someone to encourage this way. Maybe your children will do this for a classmate or a teacher. Maybe mom or dad will choose a co-worker or a neighbor. Make a plan. Share your plan as a family. Go out on your mission to do some random acts of kindness. Then, at a family meal, share your stories. Give glory to God for his mercy that he gives us every day!
Every person is captive to, or enslaved by, sin. In our modern world, we see many instances of this bondage due to sin. One example, human trafficking (sex trafficking, child labor, and more), forces millions into bondage. Others are held captive by drugs, alcohol, sex, food, and other excesses.
We are called to join God in His mission to set these captives free by proclaiming the good news of Jesus (He alone can set the captives free) and by showing acts of mercy. In this, we participate with God by offering transformational hope to these people.
Educate yourself. Get involved with organizations that rescue those caught in human trafficking, like International Justice League, Rapha House or the BlackBox. Volunteer with them. Also, choose to buy items marked “Fair Trade” (these items are not produced by child labor). Make a difference even in small ways.
Look into “Blackbox” and “Rapha House.” These are two international groups working to rescue children out of sex-trafficking. Adopt a child or person rescued from trafficking. Support them as a CG. Raise awareness in your community about human trafficking. Volunteer regularly for those rescued out of human trafficking. Volunteer to teach Bible classes or life skills to those women, children or men who are being rescued out of trafficking. Collect clothing and other items for them. Spend time getting to know them. Pray with them. Love them. Show them kindness.
Adopt a child who has been rescued from human trafficking – adoption through regular, monthly support, contact and prayer. Adopt through Rapha House and BlackBox International, two organizations that need volunteers’ support. Talk to your children about our “rescue” from sin and captivity. Talk to them about God’s love for those who are in bondage, and his desire to set the captives free.
“And when he saw their faith, he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you. . . “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.’” (Luke 5:20, 24).
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, disease, or chronic illness, that person’s friends and family play a key role in providing care, love, and encouragement. There’s no doubt the body of Christ is called to share in that responsibility as well.
In Luke 5:18-24, the faith of the man’s friends brought physical and spiritual healing to the man who was paralyzed. As followers of Jesus, we are empowered and called to show kindness to those who are sick and pray for their healing.
The man’s friends went to great lengths to present him to Jesus. What effort can you make for your neighbor? This month, hold a prayer vigil for a neighbor in your “community grid” who is sick (James 5:14). Put together a care package. Include an encouraging note, homemade soup, juice, snacks, and maybe fresh flowers. Deliver the care package and pray for the person.
If you know someone who is suffering from a chronic illness, decide as a group to help that person in need. Arrange for a time to clean their house. Mow their yard regularly. Shovel the snow. Take groceries to them. Do laundry for them. Spend time caring for them.
Pick a night to go and serve a friend who is sick. Visit them in the hospital if children are allowed. Go to their home. Read scriptures together. Pray with them. Let the children help prepare a care package. Try making some cookies to take, and let the children help make the cookies.
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him?” (Isaiah 58:7)
Many people in our city are hurting due to homelessness, hunger, poverty, or brokenness – or maybe all of these issues.
God desires for his people to meet the “felt” needs of people in our community. The church should not shelter itself from those around us who are hurting. Instead, we must be actively involved in transforming our communities by showing acts of mercy and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.
Homelessness is a community problem. It is estimated that over 1400 families in our city are currently homeless – including men, women, and children.
Challenge: Buy a homeless person a meal, and also one for yourself. Sit down and share the meal with him or her. Treat the individual like a human being created in the image of God – for that is who they are. Talk to them. Listen to them. Love them in the name of Jesus.
Set aside a Saturday and plan on feeding the hungry and homeless. Prepare several sack lunches. Include good nutritious food, for example, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Add some fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix for later, bottled water. Include a scripture or note of encouragement.
Gather a few sandwich-sized bags and fill them with dry dog food. Take those with you as well. Many homeless have pets that travel around with them. Have something prepared to feed man’s best friend too.
Gather and pray for those with whom you are about to meet. Drive to a part of town where the homeless congregate, and share your sack lunches with them.
Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Take the whole family. Talk to your children before going to prepare them for the experience. Prepare them for what they will see visually, but also why you choose to serve there. There are some new community food kitchens that would love for families to join the homeless and poor for a community meal. It’s free and it’s a great learning experience for the whole family.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
When a loved one passes away, many don’t have time to grieve. They promptly have to make overwhelming decisions while they are still in shock. For those connected to a church, their brothers and sisters in Christ step in to provide support, fill gaps, and show Jesus’ love.
But what happens when someone who doesn’t know God loses a loved one? The grief and sorrow can lead to anger, loneliness, and unanswered questions, further distancing them from their faith. Jesus provides peace during trials. He wants us to comfort everyone who mourns, so they can draw nearer to Him.
Reach out to someone you know in your “community grid” who is grieving, and find ways to offer comfort. Be sensitive and don’t assume; just ask how you can help. Even a kind, unexpected gesture – like a listening ear – can minister to someone who has experienced loss.
Offer to donate disposable plates, utensil, and cups for family visits after the funeral. Put together a basket of non-perishable snacks or stuffed animals that will bring smiles to children of the deceased, include gift cards that the family can enjoy together. Create an essential basket of items such as gas or grocery gift cards, a book of stamps, coupons to run errands or do tasks they might be neglecting due to the loss.
Have children make cards or draw pictures to give to the family or individual. Offer to take care of pets while they are dealing with the myriad of things that need to be taken care of. Remember to stay in touch after the funeral and visitors are gone. Holidays and certain dates may reopen wounds, so be sensitive and remind them you are there if they need you.
“Rejoice before him—his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:4b-5)
Families led by single parents can face unique challenges. Sometimes, they bear the burden of additional financial stresses. Also, they will likely experience loneliness, rejection and anger over the loss and breakdown of the family unit. They face the added challenges of co-parenting and single parenting. All of this can very overwhelming for these families.
As believers in Christ, we can bring transformational hope to our single parent families. We can come alongside them encouraging, serving and loving them in Jesus’ name.
You probably know someone in a one-parent family. Offer to babysit on occasion to give them a much needed break. Have their family over for a meal. Help out with carpooling. Invite them out for coffee, and be a good listener.
Identify a one-parent family in your community grid and “adopt” that family. Help with some of the home maintenance chores like mowing the lawn, or shoveling the driveway. Holidays can be especially difficult. Adopt the one-parent family for the holidays. Provide assistance with gifts and holiday food.
If you know a one-parent family in your community grid, make a point to serve that family. Include your children. Have the family over for dinner. Ask them if there are some ways your family can serve them. Create a special fun day and invite their children to join your family. Holidays are especially challenging. Include their family in some of your family holiday traditions. Share life together.
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:34)
Every year, many refugees cross our borders. They may have left their homes because of geopolitical issues, war, famine, or disease. These refugees arrive with no shelter, no food, no job, and no money. They do not understand our language or culture. Most of all, they have no community; they have no one to lean on to help them through this crisis.
How should the Church respond to the refugee? According to God, we need to love them as ourselves. (Sound familiar?) We must be good neighbors by showing mercy to refugees in their time of need.
If your heart is hardened toward refugees, be prayerful; God is working on you. Show discernment. Speak with an organization serving refugees and discover how you can help meet their felt needs. Pray for them. Show them God’s love and mercy.
Discuss ways that everyone wants to give to the refugee and their needs. Hold a garage sale for the refugees. Collect used clothing, furniture, household items and other basic essentials. Invite the refugee families to come and shop for free. Prepare meals for them. Share with them.
Adopt a refugee family. Have them in your home. Share hospitality with them. Help them apply for jobs. Help them learn English. Tutor their children. Learn about their culture and their country. Welcome them here in the name of Jesus.
“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.” (Deut. 10:18)
The crisis of fatherlessness affects hundreds of children in our city who have been removed from their homes due to unsafe conditions. Whether through abuse, neglect, and/or tragedy, most will have experienced significant trauma. Even worse, they lack the resources, community, and safe environments to help them cope with these life-altering circumstances.
The Church has been called and equipped by God to welcome these children just as Christ welcomed us into His family (Gal. 4:1-7). Our city needs foster and adoptive families to provide safe, Christ-filled homes for them. Even if you aren’t in a position to open your home, you can still support those who do.
Deliver a care package for a foster or adoptive family at Legacy or your “community grid.” Include an encouraging note, books, or toys for the kids, and gift cards for a nice meal, groceries, or clothes.
Create a supply ‘closet’ that can provide resources for foster families once a child is placed in their home. Collect clothes, linens, school supplies, toys, and items for babies (formula, bottles, diapers, etc.) and organize them in bins so they are available at a moment’s notice.
Offer to babysit the kids of a foster or adoptive family so their parents can go out for a much-needed date night. Plan a fun night of activities for the kids that will help them feel loved and safe.
“He remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. . . The LORD reigns forever.” (Psalm 146:6b-7, 10)
It’s easy to walk into a grocery store full of food and assume that hunger is not an issue. However, that is not the case. According to Harvesters, one in seven people in our region is food insecure, which means “a person or household may have food today, but does not know if there will be food tomorrow or enough food for everyone in the household.”
People of all ages need to have access to food that provides the nutrition needed for growth and health. Jesus (Matt. 14, 15) and the early church (Acts 6) went to great lengths to ensure everyone had enough to eat, and we need to do the same.
November is an important (and high demand) month for food pantries. Next time you buy groceries, spend an extra $20 on non-perishable food items or household products. Donate those items to a local food pantry.
Schedule a morning to serve at a local food pantry as a group. Use the opportunity to better understand the needs of people in our community.
In order to fully appreciate the struggles of families who face food insecurity, challenge yourselves to spend only $10 on food for your entire family for one weekend (Friday night through Sunday night).
“Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
Toys. Jackets. Shoes. Tools. Kitchen items. Backpacks. Do you have duplicates of any of these items? Our houses are full of things we cannot take with us when we die. It’s not wrong to have things, but we must not be controlled by the desire for more.
In contrast to our materialistic society, Jesus wants us to soften our hearts to help provide for the needs of others. You can make this Christmas more about giving than collecting. Giving does not require wealth; it is a matter of our heart toward our neighbors. Christmas provides an opportunity to give from our excess to bless the lives of others in Jesus’ name.
Whether it’s a neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member, prayerfully consider who you can give a special Christmas blessing. Determine their true need and meet that need – along with a card and an invite to Legacy’s Christmas Eve services.
The holidays can be hardest on those who are busy serving our community on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day instead of staying home with family. This month, have everyone in your group write a Christmas card to policeman, firefighters, or hospital personnel, thanking them for their service. Designate someone in your group to deliver the cards, as well as some baked goods, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Discuss 1 John 3:17 and pray together. Involve your children and ask them to donate toys for other children. Have a special jar and collect leftover change and then have the kids decide where to make the donation.
Reaching out to help meet the spiritual/physical needs of the many cultures within the United States. Children’s Homes, Christian Colleges, Inner-city Missions and Churches are some of the work we are about.
Shiloh Children’s Ranch
Homes for abused/neglected and other children
Leading people to faith and maturity in Jesus Christ
KU Campus Christians
Friendship, evangelism, discipleship, service and worship
Ozark Christian College
Training men and women for Christian service
Show-Me Christian Youth Home
A Christian home for children with various backgrounds and circumstances
North American Christian Convention
Providing ideas, inspiration, and identity to churches and leaders
Manhattan Christian College
Educating, equipping, and enriching men and women for leadership
Legacy Christian Church supports several international missionaries and mission organizations that carry the message of Jesus Christ around the world.