Membership (commitment to Jesus Christ and to a church family) and Maturity (commitment to spiritual disciplines that will help each of us become more like Jesus Christ) are the foundation for Ministry. A vital, thriving ministry is a result of a vital, thriving relationship with Jesus Christ and with a church community. In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul writes, "He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ." We believe that every member is a minister -- that every person is shaped for a purpose. At Wilderness, we help you discover your SHAPE (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences) and then we assist you in plugging into an existing ministry or creating a new one as the Holy Spirit leads. Once you have identified your SHAPE, you can better understand your ministry. Lay ministers are resourced, trained, equipped, and supported throughout the body of Wilderness.

Wilderness Community Church has many lay ministry teams.

To find out more about opportunities to serve in lay ministry, click on the links below or contact the church office.

Blanket -- Cancer patient outreach program where easy, no-sew blankets are created in groups or on your own. As you cut and tie each knot, you do so with a prayer or special blessing. Your efforts make all the difference to cancer patient.

Compassion -- Provides support for individuals and families in our church going through advesity; they send cards, make contact and visits in homes and the hospital.

Counters-- Responsible for collecting and counting the weekly offerings received during Celebration Services.

Decorators -- Decorates our facility to enhance our worship experience.

Disaster Relief -- Travels to various areas of the country in dire need of assistance due to recent disasters.

Extreme Youth -- Provides adult leadership for our ministry to Middle School and Senior High youth in our community.

Greeters -- Welcomes & greets those who attend our Celebration Services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. This team also shows new families around our facility, distributes bulletins and receives offerings during our services.

Hospitality-- Sets up a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our Celebration Services. Hospitality provides hot coffee and a cold drink for those who serve and those who attend our services. Hospitality also provides assistance for other events presented by the church.

KidZone-- Offers an exciting ministry for our children from kindergarten through fifth grade during our Celebration Service. Service opportunities range from assisting to leading activities associated with KidZone. 

Library -- Our library is full of wonderful stories and resources to enhance our Spiritual growth and enjoyment. The Library requires cataloging of books, preparation for check out and restocking material.

Music and Worship -- Plans, prepares, performs and leads all music in connection with our Celebration Services and other gatherings offered by our church.

Production Sound/Media TeamA combination of sound, media and music ministry. The Production Team is a collaborative effort to bring the best of worship through joint coordination.

Hand Bells - This team meets for weekly practice and periodically performs at our Celebration Services and on special occasions.

Prayer Shawl -- This ministry reaches out to those in need of God's comfort. Many blessings and prayers are knitted into every shawl for the recipients.  Beginners to experts knitters are welcome.

Toddler & Preschool Nursery -- Our youngest children are served in a loving and nurturing atmosphere during the 10:30 a.m. service. Toddler Nursery is offered for those from birth to three years old. Preschool Nursery is also offered during the 10:30 a.m. service for preschoolers, ages 3 through age 5 (not yet in Kindergarten). Preschool offers Bible stories, songs and fun, age appropriate activities.                                                                

Columbia/Peru Mission -- Plans and implements our partnership with the ministry of Brian Williams in Medillin, Columbia.

Wilderness Outreach Ministries (WOM) -- Serves our community with ministries reaching out to individuals and families that are economically challenged, including our monthly Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Dinner, Angel Tree program and more. If you want to experience a true blessing, plan to help this group with any of their outreach activities! They meet the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Wilderness Worshippers -- Provides an excellent ministry in teaching middle and high school youth in our community during the 10:30 Celebration Service. 

Wilderness Men's Ministry -- Serves to enrich the men of Wilderness in their walk with God through seminars, workshops, fellowship and outreach.

Wilderness Women's Ministry -- Serves the women of Wilderness so they grow deep in in their faith and relationship with God through fellowship, activities, seminars and outreach events.

Blanket Ministry

The Blanket Ministry was created to provide comfort to cancer patients as they receive chemotherapy. The organization that receives our blankets tell us how thankful their patients are to receive a blessed and prayed over blanket. It keeps them warm & comforted while they are receiving treatment. 

You do not have to have any special skills to serve on this ministry and be a part of encouraging someone who is fighting cancer. No sew blanket kits can be purchased or you can buy fabric from any local fabric store. All you have to be able to do is cut, tie and pray. The best part is you can make these on your own or as a small group activity. It doesn't take much time to be a part of touching and encouraging someone. Because we deliver each month, we are in a state of perpetual need for blankets. Consider making one to two each month to help support this ministry.  

Completed blankets can be turned in to the church office. Deliveries of blankets are made towards the end of each month. If you have any questions about this ministry, contact the main office 540-972-8808.

Blankets stacked

Counters Ministry

Our Counters Team helps with an administrative function for the church. Each Sunday the Counters are responsible for collecting and counting the weekly offering. This occurs after each service. After the 10:30 service, there is a 40 minute task of recording the monetary gifts to the church. We are also responsible to count, record and deposit any funds collected during special events or services held by the church.

You do not have to love math or be an accountant to serve on this ministry! We will train you and be there to lend a hand. We also work with your schedule so that you rotate Sundays and are not asked to serve every Sunday. If you are interested in joining the Counters, contact Stephanie Oliver or the main office

Compassion Ministry

Our Compassion Team provides support for individuals and families in our church going through difficult times. Members of the team send cards or touch base with those that we know are in crisis. They reach out to members who are in or have recently been in the hospital, those who have lost a loved one or those who have some other difficult set of circumstances. Some of the duties the Compassion Team perform are:  

  • Coordinates meal deliveries, if needed
  • Plans home visits with those that are house-bound for a bit
  • Will make hospital visits
  • Coordinates set up and serving of meals for families and guests immediately following a funeral or memorial service

This team is the heart of the church! If you love people or want to bless others while they are most vulnerable, this is the ministry for you.  For more information, contact the Team Lead, Margene Simms or the main office

Decorating Team Ministry

He created the four seasons with changing colors and landscapes, with each having its own magnificent beauty. God instilled in us a love of beauty, as well. It is our desire to follow God's lead and create an atmosphere of beauty throughout our church. Our goal is to make a beautiful, lasting impression for everyone who comes through our doors.

The Decorating Team meets periodically to change or create seasonal arrangements in the Welcome Center and on the stage in Celebration Hall. We also decorate for special occasions, like Christmas, Easter and help decorate and set-up for special services planned throughout the year. 

If you would like to be involved in a ministry that creates beauty, enjoys working together and has fun with each other, we would love for you to join our team. If you don't have experience, we are happy to teach and guide you!  For more information, please contact our Team Leader, Bea Guillette or the main office