Ministries

The Congregation Council has established teams to address eleven designated areas of ministry. These teams exist:
1) to help accomplish the work related to each ministry.
2) to equip all members of St. John’s to engage in work related to their own personal talents and gifts.
More than 150 members of St. John’s make up these teams. You are encouraged to identify the ministry of your choice and become a member of the team or work on one of the task areas of that ministry. To connect with one of these ministries, contact the congregation president.

 

Ministry Teams and Committees

Adult Discipleship Ministry Team
This team provides opportunities for Christian discipleship, spiritual formation, and adult education at St. John’s. The goal is to help members grow in faith so that they become more committed and passionate disciples of Jesus. Areas of responsibility include programs for Sunday morning, weekly Bible studies, small groups, spiritual gifts discovery, retreats, and special events.

Children’s Ministries Team (Joy Zone)
This team connects children, birth through 5th grade, to the heart of Jesus through intentional, relational, and fun programing, partnering with parents to enthusiastically support the children in their spiritual growth. This team aims to be visible to the entire congregation and perpetuate the mission and vision of St. John’s. All programing will be relevant to the lives of children, so they can live out their faith in practical ways throughout the week. A strong emphasis is placed on mission opportunities, locally and internationally, by educating parents and children. Areas of responsibility include materials for families of children from birth to 24 months, nursery, Joy Zone Sunday morning programs for early childhood and elementary school-aged children, Bible presentation and workshop, Holy Communion milestone, and Vacation Bible School.

Finance Committee
This team oversees the financial affairs of the congregation to ensure they are being conducted effectively, giving particular attention to the prompt payment of obligations and to the regular forwarding of benevolence monies to the synod treasurer. The financial affairs include the general budget, approved by the council and congregation, as well as the funds in the benevolence and memorial accounts. The team prepares a draft budget for each year, including the congregation’s full indicated share in support of the wider ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the synod. The draft budget is submitted to the Congregation Council for its action and later approval at a Congregation meeting. Areas of responsibility include congregational investments and the insurance program. The team provides quarterly reviews of funds spent, funds available to each team, and detailed reports to council as requested.

Guest Experience Ministry Team
The Guest Experience Team works to ensure that each guest and member of St. John’s has a “wow” experience on a Saturday evening and a Sunday morning, through guest service roles at the worship services. This team hosts the New Member class to help new members become equipped to engage in the life of St. John’s. The Guest Experience team collaborates with other ministry teams to ensure the newest members feel connected. Areas of responsibility include the Welcome Center, greeters, ushers, new member class, special events, and engagement in the church.

Junior High Ministry Team
This team provides support for the creative ministries that help 6th–8th grade youth become thriving people of God, focusing on efforts that help students discover Lutheran theology, develop deeper fellowship in community, explore God’s Word, and strengthen prayer, service, and worship life inside and outside the congregation. The team continually identifies the partnership of family and church and prepares programing to integrate faith in the home.

Missions (Global and Local) Ministry Teams
The Local Missions Team helps transform faith into action by responding to human and spiritual needs in our community. These ministries include affordable housing, homeless shelters, food pantries, blood drives, and more. The Global Missions Ministry Team evaluates and recommends global mission/ministry opportunities in line with the mission of St. John’s and ELCA Global Missions. Specific projects and short-term mission trips are planned, developed, and coordinated by team members so that the entire congregation can respond by prayer, provision, and/or participation to these major international needs.

Parish Life Ministry Team
This team exists both to extend Christian compassion and concern to congregational members in particular need of support and encouragement and to provide opportunities for relationship growth and development. With a focus on five primary areas—Fellowship and Meals; Health and Wellness; Prayer; Christian Care; Grief and Loss, this team seeks to assist the congregation in clearly living out St. John’s vision of engaging and equipping people to embrace Jesus Christ in all stages of life.

Property Committee
This team maintains and cares for the church campus and provides a safe environment for members and guests.

Senior High Ministry Team
This team supports college-age adults and senior high youth of the congregation. This team provides opportunities for growth in their faith through education, involvement in integrated worship opportunities, prayer experiences, fellowship with others, and the development of missions inside and outside the congregation. Areas of responsibility include preparation for the Rite of Confirmation; programing for weekly fellowship, mission, and spiritual activities; Ignite small group studies, and opportunities to worship in community with other Christians.

Stewardship Ministry Team
This team encourages the involvement of members in giving of their time, talents, and financial gifts by organizing and implementing an annual stewardship campaign and advocating year-round financial programs through sermons, education, and publicity campaigns. This team strives to make members aware of opportunities for participation in St. John’s programs, activities, committees, and other needs of church ministries.

Worship Arts Ministry Team
This team collaborates with the pastoral and music staff to support the worship life of the St. John’s congregation. This team helps coordinate volunteer worship ministries for each service, such as acolytes, choirs, bands, communion assistants, worship planning teams, lectors, readers, parament care, and music ministries. The team helps plan special services and seasonal events including: Heritage Sunday, midweek Advent, Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas Eve worship.