Our Ministries

Giving of your time and talents can further enrich both your life and the life of the community around you. If you would be interested in being involved with a ministry group at Good Shepherd, please click on the title of the group or ministry to be referred to further information about the group.  Clicking on the Group Name should open up a page with complete ministry information and give you more information about that group.  Click on the link on the right-hand side of the page to return to this page.  If the group that you are interested in doesn’t have a link to an information page, please contact the website administrator at administrator@episcopalcogs.org.


Ministries

What are Ministries? Let’s start with a definition:

ministry

  • n. – The act of serving; ministration.
  • n. – One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.

Question: “What is Christian ministry?”

Answer: “Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17).

The Christian should minister by meeting people’s needs with love and humility on Christ’s behalf (see Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43; John 2:5,9; Acts 6:3; Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10; Colossians 4:12). Christians are to minister to others out of their devotion to Christ and their love for others, whether the other people are believers or unbelievers. Ministry to others should be impartial and unconditional, always seeking to help others as Jesus would.

The ministry in our day has taken on more of a vocational meaning as we call pastors “ministers” to full-time service. Pastors do spend their lives in the ministry, they do minister to others, and they can rightly be designated as ministers, but pastors are not the only ones who are to be involved in ministry. From the early New Testament churches to the churches of our day, each Christian should be in the ministry of helping others (see Romans 12:3-8, 10-13; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

The content of ministry seems to prioritize the ministering in spiritual things, not just practical things. Ministry should certainly place emphasis on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others so they can come to know Him and receive Him as personal Savior, go on to experience Him as Lord of their life, and go even further to know Christ as the essence of their Life (see John 1:12; Colossians 2:6-7; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:8-10). Ministry can, and should, include ministering to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. Jesus did, and so should we!

Good Shepherd’s Ministries

Click on a ministry below to be taken to it’s webpage for more information. If there is no link, please notify the website administrator.
AcolytesAltar GuildBackpack Shepherds
Building and GroundsChalice BearersCoffee Hour
College StudentsCommunicationsConvention Delegate
Livestream TechnologyDeanery RepresentativeFinancial Ministries Council
Lay ReadersMusic – VocalMusic – Instrumental
Nursery TeachersOffice HelpersOutreach Garden
Parish LifePastoral Care, Eucharistic VisitorsSt. Francis Ministry
Ushers / GreetersVestry, Clerk and TreasurerWedding Reception Hosting
Youth Groups and Events

Some of our Groups

  • Daughters of the King
  • Vestry
  • Book Club
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Dinner for 8
  • Youth Group

Some of our Classes

  • EFM – Education for Ministry
  • Front Page Christianity
  • Christian Formation
  • Children’s Formation
  • Sunday Adult Bible Study
  • Adult Formation
  • Zoom Bible Study for Children

Organizations we Support

  • Clay County Clothes Closet
  • Northland Assistance Center
  • Shepherd’s Center