Ephesians 4:11-12 says that Christ "gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ..."

In these verses we learn that the reason Christ gives leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors and teachers) to the church is not in order that they might do all the ministry, but in order that they might "equip the saints" and, by doing so, help others take part in the work of ministry. The word translated ministry in Ephesians 4:12 is the Greek word διακονία which may be translated as "service". If you are a Christian, you are called to ministry, because you are called to serve.

Therefore, the question is never "Am I called to serve?" but always "How am I called to serve?" This is the way God has designed the church to function, as one body in which every member uses the gifts God has given him or her for the good of the church. The most successful church is not the church with the most popular preacher or the greatest number of programs. The most successful church, in God's eyes, is the church in which every member is doing the ministry which he or she is gifted and called to do!

When God calls a person or family to join a local church, it is because he knows that the church needs those particular individuals and that those individuals need that particular church. Perhaps God is calling you to Northland. If so, praise God. We must need you and you must need us.

Ways to Serve @ Northland


  • Education Ministry — Organize, teach and assist with educational needs. Service opportunities include teaching Sunday School, teaching Vacation Bible School, facilitating small groups and working in the nursery.

  • Facilities Ministry — Care for the needs of the church property. Service opportunities include lawn care, exterior maintenance, interior decoration and security.

  • Hospitality Ministry — Spending time with others. Service opportunities include greeting others at church, hosting meals at the church and in the home, hosting small groups in the home or at the church.

  • Media Ministry — Help with audio and video needs. Service opportunities include running audio/video/live-streaming during worship services and recording and uploading sermons to various online platforms.

  • Mercy Ministry — Serve others through deeds of mercy. Service opportunities include visiting the sick and shut-in, providing transportation to and from church, sending care packages to college students and military members, and providing for the physical needs of others.

  • Music Ministry — Prepare and provide music for public worship. Service opportunities include providing accompaniment during worship services and assisting with special seasonal services.

  • Outreach Ministry — Communicating with our community. Service opportunities include website management, updating social media accounts, helping with the church newsletters and reaching out to visitors.

  • Technology Ministry — Help with technical systems. Service opportunities include managing the church website and network technology.