Ministries adults can be involved in
All of the ministries listed below offer opportunities to serve and be served, to bless and be blessed. Take a look at the brief descriptions below, and if you need more information about any of them, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the ministry in the subject line.
Basketball & Beyond
Men, the boys and young men in our church need mentors! Basketball & Beyond teaches them not only teamwork and court skills, but also self-respect, respect for others, and the qualities of true manhood. If you are willing to be a leader and an example, serve in this important ministry.
The Soul Food Bookstore is located next to the Welcome Center, across from the worship center. The bookstore is open on Sunday mornings for people who want to buy Christian books, Bibles, CDs of the Sunday services, and other sources of spiritual nourishment.
Living Springs partners with Orland Park Church to help meet people’s transportation needs. If you need a car, or if you have a car to donate, download the brochure for more information.
Every Saturday, cheerful volunteers set up chairs in the Living Springs gym, transforming it into a Worship Center ready for Sunday mornings. And every Sunday, another team re-stacks those chairs and puts them in storage, so our Preschool students have a place to play during the week. Is this a service you could perform? Join a Chair Team!
If you are down on your luck and need help accessing resources, the Circle Ministry can help. If you are grateful for your blessings and want to help others, the Circle Ministry can use you! Living Springs’ Circle Ministry is part of Children’s Hunger Fund.
Coffee Break Bible Study
This Bible study—especially for women—meets every Wednesday at 9:30am from September through April. Nursery and Story Hour are available for children up to five years old.
Throughout the week and in various locations, members of the Living Springs family are gathering in small groups to study the Bible, pray together, and share life with each other. Contact Pastor Mark for more information about what groups are available.
Compassionate Prayer Team
Divorce Care is a nationwide organization with thousands of groups meeting to help people recover from the pain and separation of divorce. The Living Springs Divorce Care group meets in Room 145.
Divorce Care for Kids recognizes that kids need special help understanding divorce and learning to handle the difficult emotions that result. The DC4K group meets in Rooms 210-212 while Divorce Care is meeting in Room 145.
If you need a bag of groceries and a friendly smile, visit Living Springs’ Open Door Food Pantry, Monday–Friday, between 9:00am and 4:00pm. If you have a bag of groceries that you can donate to the Pantry, drop it off in the grocery cart near the Holy Grounds Coffee House.
The Living Springs deacons want everyone to experience the spiritual, emotional, and relational freedom that are a result of Biblical stewardship. They offer financial classes that train people how to apply Biblical principles, and they provide free, confidential counseling to anyone who needs one-on-one assistance.
Great Commission Team
Living Springs members are called to “radically bless our community and beyond”—and the “beyond” includes mission work in China, Indonesia, Honduras, Kenya, …. The Great Commission Team coordinates communications with these missions so that the Living Springs family knows how to partner with them to share God’s good news.
One of the side effects of grief can be a sense of isolation. The Grief Support ministry reaches out to people who have experienced loss and offers them a safe place to express difficult feelings.
Holy Grounds Coffee House
One of the ways Living Springs members make visitors feel welcome is to invite them to stay for coffee and snacks after the worship services. Those refreshments are prepared and presented by a team of smiling volunteers. If you’d like to help out once in a while, let us know!
During both worship services, at 9:00am and 10:30am, Living Springs provides nursery care for infants up to 24 months old. (Once they turn 2, they graduate to our Sunday School program.) If you are interested in helping provide a safe and loving place for Living Springs infants, contact Robyn Jackson. If you need more information about placing your child in our care, download the brochure.
The Journey (formerly known as Living Fire)
Too many leaders crash and burn under the weight of ministry because they don’t recognize the importance of nurturing their internal, spiritual life. The Journey is a three-year leadership training series that helps people identify God’s plan for their lives and equips them to fulfill it.
A number of students at Hickory Bend Elementary School need one hour a week of individualized attention from adults. That’s what Kids Hope provides. As part of Kids Hope USA, we match up mentors with students and support them all in prayer. The more mentors we have, the more students we can bless! Email for more information.
If you’ve been in the hospital or are on bedrest for an extended time, you know how difficult it can be to prepare meals for yourself or your family. The Living Springs team of Kitchen Angels can step in to help!
Living Springs has been blessed with a beautiful property, and our Landscape Team helps maintain the flowers and shrubs that delight us throughout the seasons.
Lawn Mowing Team
Do you love the roar of the mower and the smell of fresh-cut grass? Join the Lawn Mowing Team! Email Living Springs, and we’ll put you in contact with the right person.
Living Fire (see The Journey, above)
Living Waters Addiction Recovery
Addiction can ruin lives and damage families, but God’s Word and Christian community can bring restoration. People struggling with addictions meet on Tuesdays at 7:00pm in Room 202, and their families (who also need support) meet at the same time in Room 208.
Real men aren’t afraid to study the Bible. In fact, they know it’s a tool that can help them be stronger, more successful, and deeply fulfilled. This season, we’re studying “God is NOT Dead.” Meet with us at the church building, Wednesday nights at 6:30pm.
Living Springs’ Music Ministry uses instruments, vocals, dance, and technical arts to lead people into the presence of God each week. Talented, teachable team members are welcome!
P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
P.A.D.S. is a network of faith communities who work together to host homeless people overnight and give them supper, breakfast, and a bag lunch. Living Springs’ P.A.D.S. night is Saturday, from September to May, and volunteers handle check-in, cooking, packing lunches, making breakfast, and clean-up.
Jesus called the Temple “a house of prayer,” and Living Springs wants to live up to that name. Not only is prayer an important part of all our leadership meetings, worship services, and Community Groups, but certain prayer groups receive special training and assignments.
- The Tuesday Morning Prayer Group meets every Tuesday at 6:30am in the prayer room to pray over the prayer cards that have been submitted during the previous Sunday’s service. Everyone is welcome—it’s a great way to start your day!
- The Compassionate Prayer Team (see description above) meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00–8:00pm in the prayer room. This group also makes themselves available at worship services to offer prayers of healing and deliverance for those who come forward. For more information about joining the team, contact Rich Albrecht.
- Revival Prayer Meetings happen on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:00–8:00pm in Room 245. The meetings are open to anyone who is willing to lift up the ministries, activities, and plans of Living Springs.
- Staff Prayer Meetings are another opportunity to pray over the prayer requests and praises that have been turned in during the previous Sunday’s service.
If you have a prayer request that you would like to make the Living Springs family aware of, notify Irma Preciado so she can include it on the Prayer Chain. (She will keep the details confidential if you let her know that’s what you want.) If you would like to receive Prayer Chain announcements via email, ask Irma to add you to the distribution list.
“I was in prison, and you came to visit me,” says Jesus in Matthew 25:36. The Prison Ministry takes these words literally, visiting men in Joliet Prison and sharing God’s Good News.
Week after week, most of us take our safety for granted, but members of the Safety Team never do. These volunteers are trained to know what to do in an emergency until paramedics can arrive on the scene.
If you understand cameras and audio and computers, and you want to use technology to reach people, the Video Team would love to hear from you! Email Greg St Victor to volunteer or find out what’s involved.
Visitation Care Team
If you are unable to join the Living Springs family for Sunday services, contact the Visitation Care Team to request a visit. Pastor Mark and an Elder will make a house call, and they can make sure you receive communion if needed.
God has blessed the Living Springs family with a variety of artistic gifts, and we show Him our thanks by incorporating those into worship opportunities. The entryways and hallways of our building display artwork that illustrates Biblical truths, and the banners and liturgical elements that grace our worship center help us center our thoughts on God. At various seasons throughout the year, classes are offered that allow people to explore different artistic expressions in the context of spiritual truths.
The Welcome Team is responsible for equipping the Living Springs family to make visitors feel welcome. The team schedules volunteers to greet people at all our entrances every Sunday morning, and they host a special lunch for new members three times a year. If you are interested in greeting or serving or meeting with the Welcome Team, let us know!
Through special events, seminars, retreats, and service projects, members of the Women’s Ministry provide an oasis of God’s love, Christian fellowship, and spiritual growth for women of Living Springs and surrounding communities.