Called to Serve, Called to Love
Many people have the misconception that being “called” by God to serve others is something reserved only for pastors, missionaries, or other church leaders. We believe that God has personally called, gifted, equipped, and empowered each and every believer to serve one another through various forms.
Jesus Christ showed us by example that we are all called to serve others on the night of the Last Supper. As recalled in John 13:12-17, after Jesus had washed the feet of his disciples, he asked them “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Within the Driftless Ministries, we have many opportunities through which you can serve fellow believers and the surrounding community. We invite you to browse the opportunities below and then get involved alongside us in service to others.
Not Sure Where to Start?
If you are unsure of what area of ministry you would like to serve, we suggest you take a spiritual gifts assessment. This assessment will help you discover your God-given spiritual gifts which will allow you to experience maximum fulfillment with minimum frustration in your life and ministry. Use the button below to access a spiritual gifts assessment made available by churchgrowth.org and start your journey toward serving in a fulfilling ministry!
Opportunities to Serve the Church and the Community
Our churches are places where people can feel safe, comfortable, and welcome. A huge part of that is thanks to the first smiling faces that people meet when they enter our doors! Our hospitality team are the wonderful individuals that greet people at the door, hand out programs and other information, offer coffee and treats, answer any questions people might have, and receiving the offering on Sunday mornings. Being a part of the hospitality team is a great place to start serving and there is always room on this team! The main skill needed is a true and genuine smile! To find out more about serving on the Hospitality Team, please reach out to us!
If the smiling faces and giggly laughter of children brighten your day, you will want to serve in the Children's Ministry in our churches! We have a wide range of fun programs in which you can serve at multiple locations. With the safety of our children as a top priority, many positions will require a background check and the approval of our church boards. For more information on how you can get involved, contact us using the button below!
Our tech team members assist in the technical production of worship on Sunday mornings, as well as during special events. Our members work as:
- Visual Content Designers create the graphics that are displayed before, during, and after our worship services.
- Visual Content Operators run the presentation software that displays graphics, song lyrics and sermon points on the screens.
- Video Techs run the video cameras for recording and possible live streams.
- Video Editor Techs take our recorded worship and edit it for use on a local television channel and social media.
- Photographers capture special moments during our worship services and special events.
- Website Content Manager creates and maintains our website, keeping it up-to-date and relevant for our members and visitors.
- Social Media Content Creators develop posts on our Facebook page that keep our community of faith engaged throughout the week.
If you are interested in joining our tech team, we would be happy to talk with you! Reach out to us using the button below!
Do you have a heart for playing music or singing? Our churches welcome anyone who is musically gifted to come and lead us in worship! All of our churches are home to either an organ or piano for more classical hymns, but we are growing into contemporary Christian music as well and invite other musical instruments and vocals. We encourage any who are musically talented to reach out to us and discover how you can use your gift to assist us in worshipping God!
Church Campus Projects
From time to time, opportunities arise where you can serve by helping to keep our facilities looking great, like weeding, spring cleaning, painting, remodeling or building projects, etc. We encourage you to reach out to us to see what is currently available and how you can help!
The New Hope Food Pantry serves the community from the basement of the New Hope Methodist Church on Wednesdays from 5 - 6:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to come and assist with setup and distribution, as well as restocking the pantry shelves. We encourage you to head over to the New Hope Food Pantry page to discover how you can serve in the pantry.
Several of our members also support and volunteer at the Living Faith Food Pantry in Viroqua. The Living Faith Food Pantry is open to the public on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. We welcome you to check out their website to discover how you too can get involved and help out this vital food pantry.
Crafting Hands Ministries
Our crafting groups welcome anyone to come and participate in making beautiful creations that bless others. Our groups meet monthly and are open to people of all skill levels, from notice to expert. If the group is working on something that you don't know how to do but are willing to learn, our groups will be more than happy to teach you and give you tips! To learn more and to get involved, check out the Crafting Hands page!
Adopt-a-Highway Roadside Cleanup
The New Hope and Retreat Methodist Churches work hard to keep a 3.5-mile stretch of Wisconsin State Highway 82 beautiful! Volunteers are always welcome and wanted, but we will caution you - you will get a workout! Our stretch of road features some deep ditches, so this mission is for those who are sure-footed and able to handle a hike! Junior High and High School students are encouraged to participate as this will count towards community service credits for graduation! Just be sure to get your form signed when you're done for the day! For more information and to find out when and where you can volunteer, reach out to us using the button below!
Our churches host many special events throughout the year such as dinners, community breakfasts, funeral luncheons, prayer vigils, etc. These events are excellent opportunities for you to get involved, meet new people, and serve the church and community. We invite you to volunteer at any of our events. To get started, reach out to us using the button below!