Serve at The River

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
To each is given the
manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

As a community, we have been on a journey of inviting the Spirit of God to identify and activate the gifts within each of us.  As God empowers you with your gifts, we hope you will manifest them for the common good here at The River. Below you will find varieties of ways for you to exercise your gifts.

We have organized the opportunities for you to exercise your gifts into 6 ministry areas:  Adult Formation, Children, Healing, Mission, Youth, and opportunities that serve the whole church which we call Serve.

If you are new to The River, consider the opportunities labeled Newcomer friendly. These are great ways for you to jump into serving, meet others, and invest more deeply in the life of our church.

1 Peter 4:10-11 says,  “As each of you has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace... In order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him be glory and dominion forever.  Amen.”

Adult Formation

Mentor/Spiritual Friend

Commit to meet regularly with another over a pre-determined period of time in order to come alongside and help the other in a defined area of desired growth.

Spiritual Gifts: Encouragement, Shepherding, Word of Wisdom, Teaching
Prerequisites: Prior participation in a River small group and/or the sponsorship of a River leader.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs per meeting... likely monthly for 6 - 12 months
Contact: Michelle Manley,

Small Group Host

Host an adult/family small group in your home or position yourself in the host role in a neutral setting (like The River Ministry Center).

Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality

Time Commitment:  30 min - 1hr both before/at the start and after every small group gathering for 1-year (renewable).
Contact: Michelle Manley, and/or talk with your current small group leader, if applicable

Small Group Leader

Take ownership and oversee leadership for a group of 6-15 adults who meet weekly or bi-weekly for the purposes of shared life and spiritual formation.  A small group leader should be familiar with and able in the various components of group life (facilitating discussion and prayer, 1:1 follow-up/mentoring, mobilization of a group toward mission) but is not expected to lead out in all of them all the time.

Spiritual Gifts: Shepherding, Teaching, Encouragement
Prerequisites: Prior participation in a River small group.  Willing to be coached by a River Pastor or Senior Leader.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs/week depending on frequency of group meeting and whether you teach/lead the content for 1-year (renewable).
Contact: Michelle Manley,

Children

Infant/Toddler Volunteer, Godly Play Storyteller, Godly Play Doorperson, 4th/5th Grade Teacher

Teach or assist in our classrooms and build relationship with kids.

Spiritual Gifts: Encouragement, Faith, Hospitality, Intercession, Leadership, Evangelism, Shepherding, Teaching, Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom
Prerequisites: Must be fingerprinted and attend at least one training

Time Commitment: 3-5 hr/week for 1 year (prefer ongoing)
Contact:

Kids' Community Roamer, Kids' Community Greeter, Classroom Coordinator

Support our children's ministry by assisting with children’s bathroom trips, parent calls, greeting families, assisting new families in the lobby before service. Classroom Coordinators take ownership of building community outside of Sunday mornings among the children and families of a particular age group.

Spiritual Gifts: Helps, Discernment, Hospitality
Prerequisites: Must be fingerprinted

Time Commitment: 2 hr/week for 1 year
Contact:

Healing

Communion Prayer Team Member

Listen and pray for people needing prayer on Sunday mornings.

Spiritual Gifts: Faith, Mercy, Intercession
Prerequisites: Attend a two hour training

Time Commitment: Twice monthly for 1 year
Contact: David Alvarez,

Healing Path Leader

Listen, pray and bring structure to a small group of people seeking wholeness and healing.

Spiritual Gifts: Faith, Mercy, Healing, Discernment
Prerequisites: Must have been through The Healing Path with a recommendation from small group leader

Time Commitment: 11 week commitment in January, February, March and April for 3 years
Contact: David Alvarez,

Intercessor

Listen and pray for the church, it’s leaders both paid and lay, and for the community.

Spiritual Gifts: Intercession
Prerequisites: Meet with Pastor David to share your heart about prayer and burdens that you carry.

Time Commitment: Twice a month for an hour and a half.  We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
Contact: David Alvarez,

Mission

Kids Club Set-Up Volunteer, Kids Club Small Group Leader

Every week, putting on Kids Club requires a variety of behind-the-scenes preparation.  Help us set things up to make a great experience for the kids. Co-lead a small group of students at Washington Elementary School thorugh Bible discussions, academic exercises and games.  A great opportunity to mentor kids and contribute to The River’s ministry in the Washington neighborhood.

Spiritual Gifts:  Administration, Teaching, Helps, Encouragement, Mercy, Evangelism, Word of Knowledge; 

Time Commitment: 2 hour per week for 1 year
Contact: Janet Singleterry,

Luke 14 Host

Help host dinner parties for River people and guests from local homeless shelters.

Spiritual Gifts:  Apostleship, Hospitality, Helps

Time Commitment: 1 Saturday evening per month, 3 hours per time, for 1 year
Contact: Andy Singleterry,

Social Justice Writer

Work with homeless people to write stories for SanJoseHomeless.org

Spiritual Gifts: Creative Communication, Word of Knowledge, Teaching
Prerequisites:  Writing, Journalism

Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: Angela Bymaster,

Special Education Advocate

Work with parents at Washington Elementary who need special education advocacy.

Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Helps, Mercy, Healing
Prerequisites:  Experience & knowledge of Special Education system, IDEA Act & School systems

Time Commitment:  As needed, for 1 year
Contact: Brett Bymaster,

Serve

Hospitality Team - Greeting and Connecting

We are looking for friendly faces to help us greet, usher, and welcome folks into our community on Sunday mornings.

Spiritual Gifts: Encouragement, Evangelism, Helps, Hospitality

Time Commitment: once or twice a month for either 1st or 2nd service (you would need to arrive 15 mins before service).
Contact: Lisa Wiltjer at

Sound Technician

Participate in Sunday morning worship service through creating an acoustically appealing environment. Includes awareness of stage equipment set up and mixing the sound board.

Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, Creative Communication, Helps, Craftsmanship
Prerequisites: Prior experience not required (though preferred). Extensive training process including shadowing current team members and attending an all day Saturday workshop.

Time Commitment: 1-2 worship services/month from 7:00 AM -12:30 PM on Sundays. Commitment for at least one year, preferably longer term commitment due to required investments.
Contact: Marie Fang,

Special Events Volunteer

Help with River special events with planning and serving at the events.

Spiritual Gifts: Helps, Hospitality
Prerequisites: Event planning experience preferred

Time Commitment: 5-10 hrs roughly every other month for 1 year
Contact: Lisa Wiltjer,

Tech Team Volunteer

Support our Sunday services by serving in the Audio/Video/Lights booth.

Spiritual Gifts: Creative Communication, Craftsmanship, Helps
Prerequisites:  We will train you on our presentation software and lighting controls

Time Commitment: Once a month for both services, 1 year minimum commitment appreciated
Contact:  Angela Aviles,

Video Producer

Create & edit videos for River events

Spiritual Gifts: Creative Communication, Word of Knowledge, Teaching,
Prerequisites:  Video editing skills

Time Commitment: Ongoing, as needed
Contact:  Angela Aviles,

Vocalist/Musician

Participate in Sunday morning worship service through the offering of your musical gifting.

Spiritual Gifts: Intercession, Shepherding, Discernment, Prophecy, Leadership, Creative Communication, Hospitality
Prerequisites: Some prior musical experience required. Must know how to play your instrument or carry a harmony if offering your vocal gifts. Additional training offered as needed.

Time Commitment: 1-2 worship services/month. Thursday practice from 7:30-9:00 PM. Sunday morning commitment from 7:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Some practice expected on your own during the week to prep., Commitment for 1 year or beyond
Contact: Marie Fang,

Youth

Cleaning

Support the youth group by volunteering to help clean and organize youth areas.

Spiritual Gifts: Helps

Time Commitment: Ongoing, as needed
Contact:  Brett Bymaster,

Fundraiser

Organize and execute fundraisers for the youth program, particularly for mission trips.

Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Helps, Giving, Hospitality, Leadership
Prerequisites: Fundraising

Time Commitment: Several times a year
Contact: Brett Bymaster,

Youth Band Leaders

Volunteer with the youth band.  Mentor young musicians

Spiritual Gifts: Creative Communication, Helps, Craftsmanship
Prerequisites: Musical abilities, ability to work with & teach kids.  Must be fingerprinted

Time Commitment: Monthly for 1 year
Contact: Brett Bymaster,

Youth Event Party Host

Host a part or event for the youth group

Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Hospitality, Helps

Time Commitment: One Time
Contact: Brett Bymaster,

Youth Group Dinner Provider

Make a dinner for ~30 for Friday night youth group at 6:00 PM

Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, Giving

Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: Brett Bymaster,

Youth Group Guest Speaker

Share a testimony about how God’s working in your life with the youth group

Spiritual Gifts:  All

Time Commitment: One Time
Contact: Brett Bymaster,

Youth Worker

Regular volunteer, mentor, and leader within the youth group

Spiritual Gifts:  All
Prerequisites: Fingerprinting Required.  Quarterly training meetings

Time Commitment: Weekly - 3 to 4 hours per week, 1 year hard committment, 3 year soft committment
Contact: Brett Bymaster,