The foundation of Volunteers of America is faith. Originally, back in 1896 at our founding, we were called “God’s Volunteers. We are a church and our ministry and worship is seen daily in lives touched as we seek to “reach and uplift all people and bring them to the active knowledge and service of God.” One way our organizations demonstrates that “there are no limits to caring” is through our Faith-Based and Community Resource Center. The purpose of the Resource is to support and strengthen churches and faith-based organizations in their ministry to the people of their neighborhood. We seek to do this in ways that will improve individual lives as well as the health of the congregation and the community. We share resources, assist in enhancing existing programs and ministries, helping nurture and strengthen new spiritual and human service initiatives, support collaboration, and provide technical assistance.
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Volunteers of America has a staff of ministers trained to lead a church through an Intentional Interim Ministry assist a congregation to work through a systematic assessment of its pastoral needs and congregational goals prior to beginning the search for a new minister.
Volunteers of America’s ministers received training from The Center for Congregational Health. The training prepares an interim minister to serve as both pastor and facilitator in a process of exploring a congregation’s heritage, mission, leadership, connections and future. This process provides a structure for congregations to use the interim time in a deliberate way to deal with issues or challenges. Some of the issues that motivate faith communities to engage in Intentional Interim Ministry include:
Volunteers of America is seeking to build a network of churches throughout the Southeast for partnerships for Disaster Response and community ministry.
Community Engagement Projects
Volunteers of America works with churches throughout the year to assist with needs and ministry opportunities. Providing Christmas gifts to foster children and children of incarcerated parents, Operation Backpack ©, Scholastic Books for children and youth, assisting with physical and spiritual needs, and responding to disasters are a few of the ways Volunteers works with local congregations.
Volunteers of America works with churches seeking opportunities for mission projects. From building a wheel chair ramp, to working in a summer children’s camp, to responding to a natural disaster we can assist a church with projects, information about housing, and additional support.
For more information about our Faith Based Services contact Paul McLendon at 251-338-1570, email@example.com