Growing In Faith Through Service - G.I.F.T.S

God has given each Christian two vitally important gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, His work of redemption, and thus the forgiveness of sins. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities, which are to be used for the purpose of unifying the Body of Christ and for the growth of God's kingdom. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism.  

Like other presents, it is impossible to fully appreciate and make use of spiritual gifts until they have been opened. Contact the church office to take the self-assessment which will help you identify the gifts you have received in greatest measure. Then return to this page and fill out the form below. You will be contacted by a member of our leadership team to discuss how to best use your gifts and talents in a volunteer capacity.

There are many opportunities for members to serve here at Grace. Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of those serving opportunities.

  • Lector

  • Greeter

  • Usher

  • Altar Guild

  • Sunday School teacher

  • Choir member

  • Sunday morning coffee fellowship

  • Serving as a member on one of the Board’s teams

  • Small group Bible study leader

  • Office help – phone, data entry

  • Serving on the Parish Ministry Council

    • President

    • President-Elect

    • Secretary

    • Treasurer

    • Financial Secretary

    • Fellowship

    • Administration

    • Outreach

    • Stewardship

    • Properties & Facilities

    • Mutual Care

    • Deacon

    • Preschool Advisory Board

Stewarding Your Gifts

LCMS Biblical Stewardship Principles

I. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE GOD’S STEWARDS.

This means that God’s stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and re-creation in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.

 

II. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE MANAGERS, NOT OWNERS.

This means that God’s stewards have been entrusted with life and life’s resources and given the privilege of responsibly and joyfully managing them for Him.

 

III. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SAINTS AND SINNERS.

This means that God’s stewards rejoice in and live out what the Lord has declared them to be through the cross.  At the same time His stewards recognize they are sinners who fight sin and its consequences each day.

 

IV. UNIQUELY SINGULAR, YET PROFOUNDLY PLURAL.

This means that God stewards recognize that their lives are not solo performances but are personal responses to God, lived out within the community of faith to benefit the whole world.

 

V. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD.

This means that God’s stewards recognize that the Lord sets them apart from the world and by the transforming power of the Gospel sends them into the world to live out the Gospel.

 

VI. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE LOVED AND LOVING

This means that God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship flows out of God’s act of love for them in Christ which empowers them, in turn, to love others in acts of Christ-like love.

VII. GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SERVED AND SERVING.

This means that God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship involves a Gospel-powered style of life which is demonstrated in servanthood within all the arenas of life.

 

VIII. GOD’S STEWARDS LIVE LIFE WITH AN AWARENESS OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE, OF TIME AND ETERNITY.

This means that God stewards live intentionally is the light of the Lord’s eternal purpose while being firmly committed His rule in the here and now.

824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  | www.gracelutheranchurch.net

Mission Statement: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church exists to share the Gospel joyfully and nurture faith, trusting in God's unconditional love and grace.

Vision Statement: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will be a welcoming, caring, vibrant family that is united in Christ, boldly sharing His love.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.