There are two different types of service that Community members are both asked to participate in:
o Signups happen once per year over the summer and the commitment is for the following year.
o We encourage those that serve less often to sign up for more than one Primary Service if they are able! Many members do.
o This service is organized as a Sign-up Genius sign-up so that you can choose the dates that work well for your schedule.
o Each community member signs up for two time slots of service per bi-annual signup, so 4 times per year total.
All CCR members with Initial, Underway, or Covenant Commitments are required, as a part of that commitment, to serve regularly. However:
o Coordinators & Women’s Leadership Team
o District & Seasons of Life Teams
o CCR Staff & any members in SPO/NET missionary positions
If you are not in a place to be able to serve right now, we ask that you get a service exemption from the pastoral system (could apply to Primary Service, Event Service, or both).The process is as follows:
Our goal with this change is to keep everyone accountable so that no one falls through the cracks. In the past, once you ended up on our exempt list, there wasn’t a follow-up process in place. It should also encourage communication with your pastoral leader, and possibly help find an area of service that works better for you!
If you need to, please talk to your Pastoral Leader to seek a 2019-2020 exemption from service by July 1st.
Some typical reasons to seek exemption:
Members exempt from Event Service due to their extended service in other areas:
- June 19 – July 1: Sign up for Primary Service Ministry
- July: Service Schedule is emailed out (for service areas such as Hospitality lead, Music Team, Sound, Projection, etc, this is when you find out when you are scheduled to serve at events) and/or your Service Leaders will be in touch with details/training.
- August: Sign up for Event Service
- September 1st: New schedules and teams are in effect.
Please take a minute to understand what you are signing up for, and the level of commitment involved. Every year we have people sign up for something by mistake, and it can throw everything off when it’s realized last minute. If you have any questions, please talk to me or the service area leader.
That being said, we want you to feel equipped to serve! So don’t be afraid to sign up for something new, we are working on scheduling trainings for new volunteers. Hopefully you can find an area that you enjoy serving in!
I want to conclude by saying I know serving can often feel like a burden, but I’ve also seen how much it can be a great way to build relationships, help people feel more involved in the larger body, and be a place to use your talents. And sometimes just practice offering it up :) But seriously, there is no way CCR could function without all of these volunteer service positions, so THANK YOU and also know that your service is very valued!