There are MANY ways to be a Willing Servant within the New-Ark Area Emmaus Community.
All members, and all gifts, and all tasks are necessary for us to be able to extend the blessings of the Emmaus Ministries to our event pilgrims, our community members, and their churches.
The community keeps track of the persons who have served the Community as Willing Servants.
Being an active Willing Servant, whether on an event team, at Gatherings, or behind the scenes for a Walk or Encounter, is one of the considerations when selecting a community member to serve on an event team.
You can let the Committee leaders know the ways in which you might like to serve.
Please complete the online WILLING SERVANT INTEREST SURVEY to indicate the areas of interest to you:
The Governing Board of Directors and Standing Committees
The current and immediate past Community Lay Directors, Leadership Lay Director, Community Spiritual Directors, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Fourth Day Director, and the Ministry Lay & Spiritual Directors for our offered Emmaus Ministries (Face to Face and Walk to Emmaus) make up the Governing Board of Directors for our Emmaus Community.
Additionally, there are several Standing Committees that support the work of the Governing Board and are instrumental in making the Community's ministry events and Gatherings happen.
Because the Governing Board serves as the policy-making body for the Community, Board members should have a good understanding of Emmaus Ministries and broad experience serving in the Community, including, in most cases, having served as an Emmaus Event Lay Director.
Each Standing Committee has a chairperson responsible for overseeing the work of the committee. While it is helpful for the Committee Chairpersons to have had some previous experience with the work of their committees, it is more important that they be good organizers and leaders, able to guide their teams in accomplishing their committees' tasks.
Each year, community members rotate off of the Board, and others join the Board; while not on a set schedule, from year to year, there may also be Committee Chairpersons leaving their roles. Persons may self-nominate or may be nominated by others to serve on the Board or as a Committee Chairperson. Please use the online BOARD AND COMMITTEE NOMINATION FORM to nominate yourself or another for service to our Community.
Walk & Encounter Event Teams
Event Team members are prayerfully chosen by a Team Selection Committee. Consideration is given to Share Group participation, prior team experience, and service within the Community.
If you have gained event team experience with other communities, you may report that to the New-Ark Area Emmaus Community so that your experience elsewhere is also considered. Please REGISTER WITH THE COMMUNITY first; then use the SERVICE WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES online form to report the Emmaus Ministry (or equivalent) experience you have obtained elsewhere.
Walk & Encounter 'Behind the Scenes' Support
The New-Ark Area Emmaus Community has MANY opportunities for 'anonymous' service during a Walk or Encounter event. Community members are encouraged to sign up online via the New-Ark Area Emmaus sign-ups on the SignUpGenius.com site.
Please see our EVENT SERVANT SIGN-UPS page for links to the specific Walk or Encounter sign-ups.
At each Monthly Gathering, several Community committees are in need of Willing Servants: Gatherings (Audiovisual, Communion, Music, Speakers), Logistics, and (optionally) Kitchen.
Below is a description of the Gathering Willing Servant jobs in each area; in addition to indicating your interest on the Willing Servant Interest Survey, you are welcome to contact the Committee Chairperson or sub-committee Coordinator (email addresses below) if you wish to help at Gatherings.
Gatherings - Audiovisual:
Jobs for Gatherings involve setting up the sound equipment, running the sound board, and preparing and running the PowerPoint slides for the song leader. Audiovisual help is needed for community events during Walk weekends as well. Interested persons will receive training prior to serving.
Gatherings - Communion:
Jobs for Gatherings involve contacting the serving Spiritual Director to determine how communion is to be served; arranging for the provision of the communion elements; preparing the elements immediately prior to Gathering; and disposing of the leftover elements and cleaning the communion ware afterwards.
Gatherings - Music:
Jobs at Gatherings include song leading (before Gathering and during communion), or providing the gift of special music. and/or giving a short 'Fourth Day' or 'Next Day' testimony answering the questions 'What did my Walk/Encounter mean to me?' and 'What have I done about it?'.
Gatherings - Speakers:
Jobs at Gatherings include giving a short 'Fourth Day' or 'Next Day' testimony answering the questions 'What did my Walk/Encounter mean to me?' and 'What have I done about it?'.
Jobs at Gatherings involve resetting or putting away tables and chairs after the Fellowship Reception, and cleaning and resetting the Sanctuary.
In the months when a Fellowship Reception is held, jobs at Gatherings involve receiving items prior to the Gathering, setting out the snacks and drinks prior to the Fellowship Reception, and cleaning up the tables and kitchen afterwards. Similar help is needed for the Fellowship Reception at the end of each ministry event (Walk or Encounter).