1. Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Local Community
No one can have enough connections, friendships, business acquaintances; Will Rogers said, "a stranger is just a friend that I haven't met yet." Meeting people outside your cultural, lifestyle bubble is hard. For many of us life revolves around our family and our work. Meeting people outside of these spheres can be tough. It takes a very conscious effort to step outside your “bubble”. Keep in mind ALL of the people in your community that are different than you, not just those of a different race or color. I’m asking you to think about veterans, the homeless, people “covered with” tattoos & piercings, ex-cons, farmers, addicts, LGBT crowd, religious, atheist, etc.
Volunteering with the HCCOTN or the HCOC will introduce you to people that are different than you, it will expand your mind, and truly make you understand how blessed you are to have what you have. It also makes you realize the design God had for the Church, the whole Church not just one local congregation, we are designed to work together for the common good, and these new connections make it much easier to do so!
2. Apply Old Skills & Learn New Ones.
There are three types of expertise, spiritual gifts, God given talent, and learned skills. With each one comes varied mastery of skills, gifts and talents. While many are born with God given talents, we may take years mastering the talent with skill training and surrounding ourselves with other like talented people. With spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit gives believers almost magical abilities to do things they couldn't do before, which is awesome, but sometimes we need to work with others to hone those gifts and find out how best to apply them to support the work of God's Kingdom.
No matter what, all of these have a clause, use it or lose it. If you are born with the ability to sing, and don't, then you may start to loose your perfect pitch as your hearing depletes. Your spiritual gift of preaching, unless used, is a waste of Holy Spirit talent. Your learned skills, of trades, get forgotten, and we need to keep them up. Sharing them with our new friends and doing the mission of God.
3. Meet new friends and become a mentor.
Mentoring people can be one of the most rewarding thing you can ever do! Whether it is being a sponsor for someone in an Overcomers in Christ Group, or teaching someone how to do something that you are an expert in, mentoring can take on many different faces. Not all mentoring is formal, sometimes just being there for someone in time that they need motivation or inspiration, is all it takes. We have received so many gifts in our lives, giving back and mentoring is just a natural connect to the process of being blessed; blessing others!
4. Being involved in something in which you believe!
As a faith based organization, believing is kind of our thing. We know God is real, we know that God wants us to give back, and we are designed to want to give back, but sometimes it is hard to be motivated. Below are ways that you can be a volunteer for the Hope ConneXion & the Hope ConneXion Outreach Center.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Group Volunteer Opportunities