Part of our mission statement reads, “We will help all members identify their spiritual gifts, equip them for ministry and help them live in unity through Christ-centered relationships.” Discipleship is inseparable from serving others. God’s plan to redeem the world happens as the people of God reach out in love and service to their neighbors. As the parable of the Good Samaritan taught us, our neighbor can be anyone with whom we cross paths.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:35-36, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” The people to whom he spoke did not recall ever having done that to him. Jesus replied, “Just as you did it to the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
There are people within every congregation who need care and there are people outside the doors of every congregation who also need it. First Lutheran Church ministries can be divided into Member-Care Ministries (deacons carry out these ministries) and Outreach Ministries. Click the links below or to the left for more information about these two areas of ministry.
Home Communion Ministers
When people cannot regularly attend worship at the church, the church comes to them in their home, offering the same bread and cup that the people receive at worship. Lay Communion Minsters are trained by the pastor and use an ELCA liturgy created expressly for this purpose. This important connection with the worshiping community also keeps the congregation aware of needs in the lives of those who cannot fellowship with active members on a regular basis.
Member-Care Ministries Page