Serve

“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39

Part of how we love our neighbor here at Shawnee Trail, is by serving each other. Whether as an individual, as a family, or as a Small Group, we believe that God has called every person at Shawnee Trail to serve!

God has given each of us unique gifts. Take a look through the options below and find a place to serve this week! One of life’s greatest blessings is to have the opportunity to serve others.

If you have any questions about serving at Shawnee Trail please contact Kliff Rodgers.

Our church family desires to worship God in every aspect of our lives, but a very important part of our church life is when we can come together to worship God together as a group. When 250+ people are gathered together to worship, there are countless opportunities for people to serve so that the worship experience can be as uplifting and enjoyable as possible. We need people who can serve in worship preparation, making sure everything is ready to go before worship starts on Sunday. We need people who will greet members and visitors and help provide a welcoming environment to all who attend. We need ushers and security to help make sure we have a safe and distraction free environment throughout the service. We need people who are willing to run sound, video, and lighting and make sure all of the technical pieces work just right. We need people who are ready to help assist with baptisms, responses, and special needs that arise during our worship time. We also need men who can help lead publicly in the service.

If you have a heart for worshiping God and want to help others worship, here are the people you will want to contact:

Greeting: Mike Stoneman

Security: Kenny Martin

Worship participation and preparation: Mike Lawson

Audio/Video/Website: Christopher Perry

If you like variety, Adult Ministries may be the perfect place to serve! We have a Discipleship Ministry that is focused on teaching the word of God to adults through our Bible class settings. If you have a gift for teaching, we’d love to get you involved! Our adult ministries also include our Men’s, Women’s and Family Ministries – providing support, fun, relationships, and discipleship and meeting the needs of these specific groups.

If you’d like to serve in one of these areas, please contact one of the following people:

Discipleship – Gary Thompson

Men’s Ministry – Mike Stoneman

Women’s Ministry – Melissa Thacker

Family Ministry – Scott Mestan

Our Children’s Ministry is always looking for volunteers who are passionate about teaching and guiding our children. We need several teachers each quarter to bring the truth of the Bible to our kids during Sunday Bible classes. Not sure if you are ready to teach? Our teachers would love to have a cheerful helper during class time.

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We also need help during Sunday morning Children’s church! There is plenty of fun to go around – volunteers help with skits, puppets, singing, games, or whatever gifts they have. If you are interested in volunteering at Children’s Church please contact Jenny Conley.

There are several ways you can help serve with our teens. We always need people to help by being a sponsor on one of our trips. Whether you go to camp, Winterfest, or a mission trip your presence is needed.

If you are not able to travel, you can serve our youth group by hosting an event at your home, such as a devotional time. If you have a passion for teaching, there are opportunities for that as well. And we also need strong spiritual leaders who are simply there for our students. If you are interested in helping with the youth ministry, please contact Jared Turbyfill at (405) 630-4604 or jared.turbyfill@shawneetrail.org.

The Shawnee Trail Care Ministry is designed to walk alongside individuals and families who are going through difficult times or times of transition. This includes visiting people who are sick or have lost loved ones, providing meals for families with illnesses, hospitalizations, or new babies, serving weekly communion to Christians who are unable to leave their home or care facility, and providing general help to people in need. Our Care Ministry, at times, also helps families, both within and outside of Shawnee Trail, with financial support to go along with the spiritual, emotional, and physical support we provide.  To learn more about our Care Ministry contact Gavin Wilson.

In July of 2015 we moved into a new building, creating new opportunities for individuals, families, and small groups to serve. Shawnee Trail’s church building needs volunteers to help with maintenance and cleaning, set up/tear down, mowing and trimming outdoor landscaping, and interior decorating. We need people who have servant hearts and a love for the church to volunteer to help out! If you’d be willing to serve in this area, please contact Jonathan Booth.

Jesus commanded his followers to make disciples of all nations. At Shawnee Trail we look to help fulfill the Great Commission by supporting missionaries and mission efforts locally and abroad. Below are some of the great efforts Shawnee Trail supports. Perhaps you will find a great Kingdom work that you feel called to support.

Great Cities Missions (GCM)

“Sharing Christ with the Latin World.”
GCM serves missionary teams sent to designated cities of Portuguese and Spanish speakers in Latin America. GCM has been sharing the gospel in the Latin world since 1976. GCM has recruited and trained over 30 missionary teams and sent them to major metropolitan cities in ten different countries of the Latin world. Over 300 adults and their children have moved to new countries to tell people about Jesus and plant churches. Using the GCM’s model of recruiting and training, over one hundred congregations now meet and thousands of people now worship Jesus as Savior. GCM minister to missionary team members throughout the entire missionary life cycle from their recruiting to their re-entry in their home culture.

David and July López
David and July are a part of a mission team of 5 families, working with the Suba Church of Christ – on the north side of Bogotá, Columbia. David and the team’s work in Suba began in October, 2012 – with much preparation beforehand. The team members are natives of various countries, and studied together in a four-year program of study in Bible and Ministry. The team members know each other well and have chosen to work together, making them generally more compatible than many mission teams. They are also highly evangelistic and have proved to be very effective church planters. Teams enter with a seven-year plan of work with the goal of leaving a self-sustaining, reproducing, biblically governed church of at least 200 members. The Suba team plans to be there until 2019. Shawnee Trail’s association with David and July López began in January 2014.

Zane & Tae Perkins and children Naomi, Isaac, Simeon, and Enoch
A GCM effort, the church in Providencia opened its doors in 2000. The Perkins have been part of the Providencia mission effort since 2002 and will remain with Providencia as the last full-time missionaries through 2016. In January 2014, the Providencia church began the process and work of planting a new church in Talagante (40-60 miles away). The Providencia Elders asked the Perkins to head the Talagante plant and the Perkins have been working with church members from Providencia to plant the Talagante church. They are training and actively participating in this church plant next several years. Lord willing, the Perkins will continue that work until at least 2020. Shawnee Trail’s association with the Perkins began in September 2013. In the summer of 2013, over 20 people from the Shawnee Trail family spent 10 days with the Providencia church and we hope to continue visiting and serving alongside our brothers and sisters in Chile.

Eastern European Missions (EEM)

Since 1961 EEM has been providing God’s Word to the people of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe in their own languages. For many years EEM found ways to get the Bibles through The Iron Curtain. Then in 1989, God brought The Wall down. Now, EEM provides Bibles and Biblical literature in more than 20 languages to nations of the former Communist Bloc. These materials are provided to individuals, mission churches, campaign groups and other organizations related to the Church that teach God’s Word in former communist nations. EEM also provides Biblical literature to families, children in youth camps, public universities, public schools, public libraries, prisons, hospitals, orphanages and anywhere else Bibles are needed – all free to the recipients. As a veteran in the field, EEM knows the territory, and as sociopolitical governments and the dynamics in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe have changed, so have EEM’s opportunities for reaching people. With the demise of communism and the birth of new freedoms, EEM has been able to gain easier access and is developing new materials and programs to meet the changing needs in the former Communist Bloc.

Mission Upreach

Mission Upreach’s mission is to bring people into a saving relationship with Jesus. Then help them become a part of a church in their community that God is using to transform that community. Mission Upreach does this through their medical brigades, DESEO program, Dulce Refugio, basketball workshops, church planting ministries, and more. Mission Upreach is committed to training and equipping men and women in Western Honduras to lead the church and the effort to expand the Kingdom in their communities.

Southern African Bible College (SABC)

SABC’s mission is to is to train local men to preach the gospel to their own people as summed up by Paul in II Timothy 2:2 – “The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” The sole purpose of SABC is to bring Christ to Africa by means of highly trained graduates who are dedicated, well-versed and sound in the scriptures. Eldred Echols, late veteran missionary to Africa, and Al J. Horne, one of the first converts in South Africa, had a joint-dream…to ignite the fires of gospel outreach in that region and beyond. With the Lord’s guidance they formed Southern Africa Bible School (now SABC) in 1966, established in Benoni, South Africa for the mission to “train Africans to evangelize Africa.” Now more than 600 graduates and former students are proclaiming Christ across the continent of Africa. National Africans who know the culture and languages are proven and effective in spreading the flame of Christianity. As Africa’s only accredited Bible College of the Churches of Christ south of the Equator, a vision for growth will result in churches planted, churches strengthened, and darkness replaced with light.

For questions regarding the missions that Shawnee Trail supports, please contact John Davis.