Serving during a Summer Service Work Retreat
Your Worship Team has offered themselves to serve. What follows will give you an idea of what you can expect from Summer Service with Good Works. It is our preference that there not be any surprises for your group regarding the projects with which you will be involved. If there are any changes to the schedule, we will discuss these with you. We want you to be comfortable with what we are assigning to your group. Please feel free to discuss any possibilities for projects or needs with the Good Works staff member coordinating your group.
The vision for Worship Teams: Transformation
We have four goals that we are seeking to accomplish in your group and through the presence of your group with us:
#4 – Accomplishing necessary tasks for GW and the community; allowing the task to be a catalyst for transforming relationships.
#3 – Nurture Your Group by living and working together.
#2 – Allow service to become an expression of your faith.
#1 – Experience the Kingdom of God by creating relational connections with people that cross social and economic boundaries.
While you are coming to serve with us and help with some very real needs that we have, completing a project is not our primary goal for you. Instead of coming into this Work Retreat experience with a mind to accomplish something, come into it with an openness to learn from people in this community. This will have a far more lasting impact on you personally.
Good Works Staff or Interns and Your Group
Your group will be working alongside our staff or interns in some capacity. They have several objectives in their leadership role with your group.
- To facilitate the formation of relationships. Much has been said about this already, but we recognize that there are some people in your group that will be uncomfortable meeting the people we are serving. The staff or intern will seek to help you to get over this hurdle. In most cases they have met the person with whom you are spending time. In some cases the interns are struggling with this themselves. But they have intentionally placed themselves into this uncomfortable role in order to allow God to work in their lives and foster personal growth.
- Generally supervise your project. In some cases the staff or intern will be adequately skilled to lead the specific task to be accomplished on the project. In other cases we will be relying on the leadership of your group to accomplish the task. In either situation, the staff or intern will provide general oversight of what is happening on the project. We are training them in the types of things that should and should not happen during a project. Please respect their leadership. For teen groups, we will require an adult from your group to be present with your teens at all times and ask you to assign people appropriate to the project. (While it is not our preference, from time to time we must leave a group at someone’s home without any staff or intern. Most often this happens because we do not have enough people to supervise the number of people in your group. Usually we will make a decision about this before you come and let you know that this will happen on a certain project.)
- Assist you with any needs you might have in the process of doing the project. We want to make sure that you have the materials and tools needed to accomplish the project. The staff or interns are responsible to make sure this happens. Our goal is to be ready before your group is ready to go. However, inevitably we get into a project and encounter something we did not expect and must get the needed items.
- Minimize the possibility that someone will get hurt. Safety is a major concern of our staff and interns. They have been trained to identify unsafe situations and interrupt any behavior that might result in someone getting hurt. You will be asked to read “Safety Review Sheets” for the specific equipment you are going to operate. It is not our desire to insult or offend anyone in your group, but to make sure that no one gets hurt.
- To facilitate mentoring opportunities. We want to see the skilled members of your group teach the less skilled. This can be frustrating for some people, especially those who are focused on finishing the project. Recognizing our roles as mentors is an important part of what Jesus meant when he said, “Go and make disciples.”
- To not allow horseplay to get out of hand. While we want your group to have a good time, we will not allow a situation where someone could get hurt, equipment will get damaged or resources wasted. We do not consider it appropriate to have a paint fight, splattering paint on people or on property. It is a waste of resources, especially to someone with limited income. Please help us monitor these kinds of things.
Our staff or interns are not seeking to exhaust your group. There are times when the work will be hard, but we are not taskmasters. We will leave to your discretion the decisions of which people should or should not be working and how much they should be working. We will simply seek to have your group members join us in the task at hand. We will leave the prompting to work to the leadership of your group. Some members will need to be told to take it easy because they are working too hard for the heat of the day or may hurt someone as they are working. You will see others who are resting and you know that is a good thing for them. You may determine that others in the group may not be working in a way that will accomplish your goals and you will have to direct them in the task at hand. Others may be goofing off or horsing around or not handling the equipment properly and will need a rebuke from you. Each person is different. We want to work alongside you in the development of your Worship Team. You have our permission to speak with us about any task that you feel is inappropriate for your group.
In the course of a year Good Works has about 1,000 volunteers serving with us in a variety of capacities. Every one of these volunteers makes a difference in the life of our community in some way. It is very likely that while you are here as a volunteer, you will be serving with one or more of these other volunteers connected with Good Works. This is not an accident. When possible, we very much like to see our volunteers serve together and discover each other. What follows is a brief description of some of these volunteers.
Interns: You will be serving with individuals who have made a long-term commitment to us. They are seeking a growing, educational experience in this ministry. In some cases they may be in supervisory roles. They are providing leadership on a project for your group. They are the connecting point between your group and Good Works. However, they may not necessarily have the skills to do the specific task that has been assigned to you. In these cases, we are counting on the members of your group to provide project leadership. You will most likely have contact with people in the following internships:
Other Groups: Occasionally we will have two groups serving together on the same day. It may be that the first group that signed up was a small group and we felt another small group would work well with them. This could be an Ohio University group that is seeking to volunteer in the community. Depending on the make-up of these two groups, we may mix your or keep you separate.
GW Volunteers: These individuals often volunteer with us once a week or once a month. They not only want to make a contribution through a regular commitment, but they also want to connect to a community.
Transformation Station Volunteers: This volunteer opportunity gives people the chance to get a resource they need while also helping someone else. After completing their volunteer time, they are eligible to receive donated vehicles, appliances, bicycles and food. This gives you a chance to not only help our friends struggling with poverty, but to also serve with them! Some of these individuals have been assigned community service from the courts.
For those of your group who will be involved with Summer Kids Discovery Club, click here to get more information about your particular role.
For those plan to be involved with the practical service opportunities we offer, such as Neighbors Helping Neighbors or on Good Works’ properties, click here.