709 West Arch, Searcy, AR. 72143
Here at West Side, we use a ministry system to help us organize our ministry efforts. This system is overseen by our shepherds and is organized by our ministry leaders. Most of these ministry leaders have been chosen by the church to serve as deacons. Each deacon has been designated on the next two pages with an asterisk (*).
Each ministry leader organizes a particular area of work for two years. We are grateful for the servant leadership displayed by all who serve.
All ministry leaders are responsible for including other church members in their ministry areas. But in order to be included, members need to volunteer for the ministries which God has equipped them to perform. Members may volunteer for service by calling the appropriate ministry leaders listed in this booklet or by filling out a West Side Involvement Form which can be picked up at the Welcome Center in the auditorium or at the church office.
The primary goal of this ministry is to help West Side partner with godly people in an attempt to fulfill Jesus' commands found in Matthew 28:19-20. This ministry is responsible for planning and implementing all general mission activities, maintaining constructive contact with missionaries in the field, and keeping the congregation informed about ongoing mission activities. This ministry also distributes Harvest Sunday funds to West Side members who participate in short-term missionary campaigns.
Lester Allen, the ministry leader for missions, serves along with a missions committee. Other West Side members are encouraged to involve themselves in the missions ministry by praying for our missionaries, corresponding regularly with our missionaries via email or postal mail, and sharing ideas and information with the missions committee.
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL (*)DONNIE CLAY
This ministry oversees congregational participation in postal evangelism conducted through the World Bible School along with Christians throughout the United States. West Side's participation is only a small part of the entire program involving about 90,000 teachers.
The church furnishes supplies, including lesson materials, envelopes, Bibles, and pays the postage. Teachers grade the lessons. Keeping a card file on each student, the teachers help their students find the local church of Christ in their area, or they help them plant a congregation.
PERSONAL WORK MINISTRY JAMES ANDERSON
The goal of this ministry is to help each Christian share the good news of the Gospel with the lost. Sharing God's word with the untaught is one of the most neglected commands in the church today. This ministry will center on individual growth and involvement. Your thoughts and suggestions are solicited as we work together to fulfill the Lord's commission to teach the entire world.
& (*)TIM PITT
This ministry is responsible for providing assistance for those who are in physical need. Assistance to local families and children's homes as well as recommending responses to national and international needs will be the primary focus of this ministry. West Side's food pantry is stocked, maintained, and distributed through this ministry. Food is distributed from the church office every Thursday afternoon.
Volunteers can join this ministry by offering odd jobs or temporary work for those who need employment, by helping distribute groceries from the food pantry, and by following up with the people who receive assistance.
This ministry provides a free hot meal to anyone from the community on the third Saturday of each month. The goal is to engage in ministry like Jesus did-serving people and building relationships that open doors for the sharing of the Gospel.
Volunteers can serve in a number of ways including food preparation, facility set-up and clean-up, and visiting with our guests. Dan Dawson coordinates all volunteers for this ministry.
These ministries recruit teachers to nurture and prepare our children for Christian living by building a firm foundation in biblical principles. Volunteers are needed to help teach classes or assist teachers of all ages from nursery through high school.
Please contact the following coordinators for more information:
TODDLERS: SHARON HOGGATT
2 YRS - KINDERGARTEN:
1ST - 3RD GRADE:
4TH - 6TH GRADE:
7TH - 8TH GRADE:
9TH - 12 GRADE:
The goal of this ministry is to design children's Bible classes and activities which will plant the seeds for a lifetime of Christian discipleship. This ministry includes facilitators who serve as guides and resources for teachers.
Volunteers can help by planning children's events, writing and updating children's curriculum, and maintaining the children's area.
YOUTH EDUCATION BRIAN LEWIS
This ministry is responsible for the Christian education of the teens at West Side. Adults working in this area are welcomed to teach, attend devotionals, retreats, and other youth activities. A biblically and culturally relevant curriculum plan has been developed for this area. It continues to change and be molded as needs are seen in the group. This ministry includes teaching, reviewing curriculum, visitation, and record keeping. The spiritual growth of our youth, who are very much a part of the church today, is the primary concern of this ministry.
This ministry is responsible for determining the needs of the college-age members, planning the curriculum, and selecting the teachers and co-teachers. This ministry also plans special events and fellowships for college students. The primary goal of this ministry is to promote the spiritual growth of the college students and to help them integrate into the congregational life of West Side.
Volunteers can help by sponsoring events, "adopting" college students, and helping teach classes as needed.
ADULT BIBLE CLASSES
A primary goal of this ministry is to provide Bible classes that supplement personal and family studies that take place through the week. Our Sunday morning adult Bible classes alternate between three and six-month studies of Old Testament texts, New Testament texts, and topics studies. This ministry coordinates the adult curriculum and Bible class schedule for Sundays and Wednesdays.
Volunteers can help by serving as adult class facilitators who recruit teachers, by helping plan or write adult curriculum, and by teaching classes. Ladies are also heavily involved in coordinating ladies classes and events.
The purpose of this ministry is to train our young people, ages 2 to 3rd grade, in worship and service to the Lord. This includes children's worship time, activities, and Bible lessons. It takes place on Sundays during the evening worship period.
Volunteers can serve by signing children in and out each night, by teaching these classes, serving as room attendants, helping with craft and game ideas, and developing curriculum.
LADS TO LEADERS / LEADERETTES
This ministry is designed to help develop and equip our young people for lives of Christian service. Young men and women (kindergarten-college) are encouraged to participate to develop leadership abilities appropriate to their roles in the church. Some activities include art, Bible bowl, scripture reading and memorization, debate, service projects, music composition, puppets, song writing and song leading, speech, scrapbooking, and more.
Volunteers are needed to help teach and mentor young people in each activity area and to chaperone activities and trips
When the new classrooms are finished, we will have an adult reference library and a children's reading library. The adult reference library is available to anyone looking for resources to aid Bible study or class preparation. The children's library is intended to serve children and families by offering a wide range of books, magazine, videos, and DVDs that will entertain and educate our children from a biblical perspective.
Volunteers can help with processing new materials, updating resources, obtaining new media, and maintaining a user-friendly atmosphere. For more information, contact Ken Hammes 268-1585 or Lisa Burley 279-9376.
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY (*)STEVE JONES
This ministry coordinates the use of small groups to involve more people in Bible study, fellowship, prayer, service, and evangelism. The goal of this ministry is to help people mature spiritually with other Christians and to offer an inviting opportunity to establish relationships with the un-churched. The small groups meet from September through May in members' homes on Wednesday evenings.
Volunteers can help by hosting a small group in their home, by facilitating small group discussions, by writing small group discussion curriculum, or by organizing service projects.
COMMUNION PREPARATION (*)DEWITT KIIHNL
Those involved in this ministry fill the communion trays for all Sunday worship periods. This ministry supplies and maintains inventory of supplies (cups, juice, and communion bread) as needed.
Volunteers can help with filling trays, cleaning trays after the assembly, or acquiring supplies.
GREETERS AND USHERS DAVID MITCHELL
The The goals of this ministry are to welcome everyone as they arrive to worship on Sundays, pass out appropriate information regarding the worship schedule and children's bulletins, to direct visitors to the wel-come center for helpful information, and to help people find places to sit in the auditorium. These ministries want to help everybody feel welcome and at home at West Side.
Volunteers can help by contacting David Mitchell and asking to be put on the greeters schedule or by asking how to help as an usher.
SCHEDULING ASSEMBLY LEADERS
The goal of this ministry is to create an organized schedule for those who help lead the Sunday assemblies in worship. People are scheduled based on the activities they volunteer to help with on their minis-try information cards. This ministry also coordinates the monthly "Deacon-in-Charge." The Deacon-in-Charge ensures that all worship leaders are in attendance and finds replacements if someone is absent.
Volunteers who wish to help lead an area of worship should fill out a ministry information card and/or contact Ralph Bennett.
FINANCE & RECORDKEEPING
ACCOUNTING AND PAYROLL: JOEL PRITCHETT
This ministry oversees the financial matters of the church. It ensures that all bills are paid on time and keeps a record of all expenses using accepted accounting practices. This ministry also provides the elders with regular financial reports which help the elders work with budgeting requests.
This ministry counts the contribution each week and ensures that it is
deposited in the bank.
Volunteers can help with counting the collection.
ATTENDANCE AND NAME TAGS
This ministry is responsible for keeping weekly records of attendance at all Sunday and Wednesday Bible classes and worship services and for providing nametags for all members.
Volunteers take counts at each service and from each class.
FACILITIES & MANAGEMENT
This ministry ensures that appropriate insurance coverage is maintained for the congregation's properties, furnishings, equipment, and vehicles. It also maintains liability insurance to cover irrational acts or accidents.
Volunteers can help with the annual review of coverage which is then forwarded to the elders.
VIDEO & SOUND SYSTEMS (*)DUTCH H0GGATT
This ministry is responsible for the care, maintenance, and upgrading of all audio, visual, and electronic equipment. This includes the sound system, video equipment, and digital projectors. Volunteers can help by running the projection software and sound system during worship services.
HEATING / AIR / ELECTRICAL / PLUMBING
This ministry oversees the service and maintenance of all things related to heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing. This includes changing filters, changing light bulbs, setting thermostats, and maintaining the icemaker.
Volunteers can be of help if they have any knowledge of any of these areas.
OUTSIDE BUILDING MAINTENANCE
This ministry is responsible for involving the church members in the maintenance of the exteriors of all the church's facilities except for the church office.
INSIDE BUILDING MAINTENANCE RANDY WYLIE
This ministry is responsible for involving church members in the maintenance of the interiors of the auditorium, the education building, and the annex. If the work cannot be done by in-house volunteers, this ministry is responsible for hiring others to complete whatever work needs to be done.
Volunteers with basic maintenance or carpentry skills can be helpful.
This ministry is responsible for involving members in the maintenance of the house which serves as the church office and the brick house to the south of the Annex. This includes all inside and outside maintenance and repairs that are needed.
Volunteers with basic maintenance or carpentry skills can be helpful.
The goal of this ministry is to keep all the indoor facilities clean and ready for services. The leader accomplishes these tasks utilizing either volunteer and/or paid custodians.
Volunteers can help with basic cleaning and straightening up or with more advanced duties such as stripping and waxing floors.
(*)JAY JAMES 2
This ministry is responsible for enlisting members to open and close all buildings for each service. All entrances/exits should be opened at least 20 minutes prior to each service.
Volunteers help by unlocking the building and by waiting until everyone leaves in order to secure the building at night.
LAWN & SHRUB CARE
The goal of this ministry is to maintain a manicured appearance of the lawns, shrubs, and landscaping around the buildings.
The ministry leader schedules volunteers who can help with all forms of yard care.
PARKING LOT MAINTENANCE BARRY VALIER
This ministry is responsible for involving church members in the
maintenance of the parking lots around the building.
Volunteers can help by picking up trash, removing leaves, or shoveling snow and removing ice during inclement weather.
The goal of this ministry is to keep the congregational vehicles clean and maintained so that the congregation's transportation needs can be met conveniently and safely. The leader also oversees the service, repair, licensing, and proof of insurance of all the vehicles. He also makes the recommendation for new vehicles as the need arises.
Volunteers can help with vehicle maintenance and cleaning and by providing transportation to services for people who cannot drive or who do not have transportation of their own. Only people who are on file with the office and with the church's insurance carrier are allowed to drive the church vehicles. Additionally, only people with a valid CDL are able to drive the church bus.
OFFICE & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE HELP
While this is not a formally led ministry, there is sometimes the need for volunteers to help in the church office. This work may include alphabetizing and filing forms, copying and binding publications, duplicating audio CDs, and a variety of other office-related activities. It may also include helping with the weekly distribution of food from the office on Thursdays.
Volunteers interested in helping should contact the office secretary
OFFICE DATA PROCESSING
The goal of this ministry is to design and coordinate a congregational database which will help provide the office with needed information and which will enable the involvement minister to quickly and accurately forward volunteer information to the appropriate deacons and ministry leaders.
Volunteers can help with computer data entry.
This ministry is responsible for updating the congregation's website so that people can have access to timely, relevant information regarding worship times, activities, ministry opportunities, announcements, previous sermons, class lessons, and general information about the life and work at West Side.
Volunteers can help by submitting written informat