Last Sunday, Anthony talked about how the early church grew when everyone took part in the mission together. Just like the early church, we’re called to the same mission of helping people find their way back to God. But in order to fulfill that mission, everyone is called to engage in it.
At Hoboken Grace, several dozen teams do their own small part. While some roles are more visible, like serving in the band, others are much more behind the scenes — greeting people, washing dishes, taking photos. Each role is just as essential, and each team depends on each other — like different parts of the body working together.
Joining a team is a great way to meet people with similar interests. And it’s an easy way to pick up new skills.
So how can you get involved? Hoboken Grace has an entire team of people dedicated to help you walk through that process. Once you sign up to serve (visit hobokengrace.com/teams or text ENGAGE to 201-646-5547), a member of the Engagement Team will reach out to help you find the best fit.
In the meantime, here are five questions you might have.
What’s the time commitment?
With several dozen teams at Hoboken Grace, there’s bound to be one that fits your schedule. While most teams serve on Sunday mornings, there are also many opportunities to serve during the week. Some teams are more flexible than others — for example, while the Writing Team meets throughout the month, team members can write on their own time. (As long as they meet deadline, of course!)
How will I know which team is the right fit?
The Engagement Team will help you find the best fit. In choosing a team, it’s often helpful to think about your gifts. Also, what do you love doing? What makes you feel alive?
Are you a people person who thrives on making connections? Or maybe your friends rave about your hosting abilities. The Assimilation Team or First Impressions could be a great fit. While First Impressions creates a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings (through the setup and tear-down teams, hospitality and greeting), the Assimilation Team includes the people who stand at Connection Points, as well as other teams that help people take and celebrate their next steps.
Do you love helping others? The Community Impact/Outreach teams work to impact those in our city, demonstrating God’s love in tangible ways (random acts of kindness, supporting local shelters, etc.).
Or maybe you love working with kids. Serving with Grace Kids can make a huge impact on our city’s children — and their parents.
If you thrive on creativity, the Arts Team might be a good fit. The team is made up of musicians, designers and contractors working to communicate His value through the Arts.
What if I’m still figuring out this whole faith thing?
That’s fine! Teams are a place to grow, no matter where you are.
Do I need to have experience for any of these teams?
Absolutely not! One of the great things about joining a team is the opportunity to learn new skills. For example, while the Production Booth might look intimidating, most members got started without any knowledge of how the controls work. You don’t need to be a photo whiz to join the Photo Team, or a creative genius to join the Arts Team. (That said, it’s often helpful to have some experience before joining the band.)
What if I join a team and then decide I don’t like it?
Most teams start with a tryout period — no, not like an audition. You’ll get the chance to “shadow” someone on the team, learning what they do and getting a preview of what it’s like to serve. If you decide that a team isn’t a great fit, you’re welcome to give something else a try.
Ready to serve? Click the link below or text ENGAGE to 201-646-5547.