We love to tell stories around Buckhead Church, so we wanted to share an excerpt of a blog post from one of our volunteers, “FunLovingJen.” Here are her thoughts on getting involved at Buckhead Church.
Serving for me is a part of who I am and something I am really committed to do with my free time. I feel like I can sense the heartbeat of the church through the different areas in which I’ve served.
When I first volunteered at Buckhead Church, it was in Waumba Land, the preschool ministry. Here I saw firsthand how the church shows God’s love to children and teaches “God made them and wants to be their friend forever.”
From there, I moved to volunteering in a Fusion group, the old version of Singles Gatherings, which eventually led me to co-lead my own Fusion groups. It is amazing to see how God uses this environment to foster authentic friendships. One of the coolest groups I led was for do.justice. For one day, over 1,000 singles came together to complete service projects all over Atlanta. It felt like the whole city got a facelift, bringing light to its dark parts.
Now I am married, and my husband and I are serving in Transit, the middle school ministry. Middle school is a rough, awkward phase of life when students struggle to fit in and sometimes give in to peer pressure. The goal for leading these students is to empower them to grow into young adults who truly know and love the Lord. Our investment can help give them the confidence to be true to themselves while maintaining their relationship with their parents and the Lord. Just to think that we are serving these students during their most impressionable time is so rewarding. It is so cool to see them being real. It’s also cool to be able to relate to them. The difficult things I had to deal with at their age are still relevant issues today.
We all have much to give. I challenge all of us to think about the difference we could make by serving. Imagine what a group of people can accomplish if they work together to change the city for the better. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “You just got served.”
::: Jen “Elquist” Behnke :::
We are always looking for willing volunteers like Jen. If you’d like to serve at Buckhead Church, visit www.buckheadchurch.org/involved.
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postedjul 30, 2012