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volunteer agreement

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

Please read the following statements. You will be asked to indicate your agreement in the volunteer application if you are interested in volunteering at Grace Church.
Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, or Missions Volunteer Covenant:

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer in Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, and/or Missions. We appreciate your willingness to take the time to complete the application process. There are a few things we want to make sure we say up-front as you begin the orientation process.

By choosing to enter into a leadership role in one of these ministries, you are entering into a position of authority. Our children, teenagers, and those affected by disability will watch you closely and take what you say seriously. We think that is a good thing. Leaders should be role models. The challenge is that being a role model is all-encompassing. As a role model, your lifestyle is part of the equation. What you present on Sunday should be consistent with who you are in your various roles the remainder of the week.

In the past, that was all that needed to be said. There was consensus around what constituted consistency between Sunday morning behavior and life in general. As culture has changed, however, there is a need to be more specific. The three issues that surface the most have to do with sexual relationships, substance abuse, and social media. The last thing we want to do is put you in a position where you feel pressure to teach, represent, or appear to give assent to a view on one of these subjects that you do not personally embrace. So on these three subjects, here is what we expect volunteers to communicate and model:

Regarding Sexual Behavior:
Our interpretation of Scripture leads us to teach that sex was created by God as an expression of intimacy between a man and woman within the context of marriage. The desire is for our leadership to remain consistent and clear in this teaching while preventing situations where leaders might feel forced to represent something they are not or teach something they do not believe. In light of this desire, we ask the following:
• If you are involved in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, we ask that you not volunteer in Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, or Missions at this time but allow us to connect you into other areas of the church to serve.
• If you are pursuing a same-sex relationship, we ask that you not volunteer in Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, or Missions at this time but allow us to connect you into other areas of the church to serve.
• In the spirit of being a good role model, if you are single and living with a member of the opposite sex, we ask that you not volunteer in Children's Ministry, Student Ministry, or Missions at this time but allow us to connect you into other areas of the church to serve.

Regarding Substance Behavior:
If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, this might be something God uses in a positive way to steer a future generation in a different direction. If you feel that this is part of your message, and perhaps part of your motivation for wanting to get involved with serving, we would love to talk with you further. While we might disagree on the timing of your involvement, we don't want to miss an opportunity to partner with what God is up to in your life.
• If you have been arrested for or convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related offense in the past twelve months, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.
• If you are currently being treated for alcohol or drug abuse, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.
• If you have used marijuana or any other illegal substance during the past twelve months, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.
• If consuming alcohol to the point of being unable to drive or to the point of it being illegal for you to drive yourself home is a regular part of your weekend or weeknight routine, we ask that you not volunteer at this time.

Regarding Social Media Behavior:
The kids in your small group will visit your Facebook page. So will their parents. If you blog, use Instagram, or maintain a Twitter account, some in your group will opt to keep up with you through those mediums as well. While social media can be a great connection tool, it also serves as a window into your life beyond Sunday. In light of that, we ask that you leverage social media with your group members in mind. We realize this is a judgment call.

Please choose one of the two responses:
  • I have read this and I do not have any questions.
  • I have read this and I have questions. (A staff member will contact you soon.)

Personal Release Agreement:
As part of my volunteer experience with Grace Church, I understand that my name, image (in photograph and/or video), or statements (collectively “Contribution”) may become part of a promotional video or product produced by Grace Church. I grant Grace Church and Grace Church’s publishers and partners the right to use my Contribution in all forms and media and for use in advertising and promotion. I waive my right to approve of or inspect the use of my name, image, and/or statement in the product and acknowledge that I have no ownership rights in the product. I release Grace Church and Grace Church's assigns, licensees, and successors from any claims that may arise regarding the use of the Contribution including any claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, infringement of moral rights, rights of publicity, copyright, or right to compensation.I have read and understood this agreement.

Applicant Signature:
Date:
Parent/Guardian Signature: (if applicant is under 18 years of age)
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Use your unique gifts to help build the Kingdom.

Volunteer FAQ

How do I volunteer?

Opportunities to serve are found in every area of ministry at Grace Church.
You can find a list of all opportunities by filling out our online Volunteer Application.

  • Create a profile for inFellowship or log into your existing inFellowship profile
  • Choose the opportunities that interest you
  • A background check is required before you begin serving  with children, students, or those with special needs
  • A ministry leader will contact you to get you started serving as soon as possible

Questions about volunteering?

We love to clarify volunteering requirements. Please reach out if you still have questions.