He quoted the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus came because people matter to him.
Jesus showed them his love through acts of mercy.
Jesus left behind a community of believers—the Church—to continue his work of renewal.
This is what the “RENEWAL” in “Worship, Community, Renewal” is all about: finding your thing and doing it.
What’s a “thing?”Your “thing” is a need you’re passionate about which you are uniquely gifted, resourced and positioned to meet. It’s a mission you believe God is leading you to pursue. It’s your piece in God’s puzzle of renewal.
Your thing can be…...Filling a volunteer role in a ministry of Rio like Children, Youth, Journey, Rio Men or Women, Seniors, etc....Using your time, talent and resources to meet needs like foster care, homeless ministry, social justice, counseling, etc....Supporting global efforts to end suffering and spread the message of Christ’s saving love—The Gospel....Raising your kids! Serving your co-workers! Loving your friends and associates in your own world!...Being a Renewal Entrepreneur—finding and leading new ways to do any or all of the above.
How do you find your thing?Consider the following…...Your gifts—Things God has specifically and naturally wired you to do....Your abilities—Skills you’ve acquired throughout your life of work and play, failures and success....Your personality—How you’re wired emotionally and psychologically. Your “personal style.”...Your life experiences—The events and seasons of success and failure that have made you who you are....Your passions—The things you feel the most strongly about. Issues, needs, people, ministries that inspire your compassion and energize you when you think about them.
How do you start?If this process is new to you or you feel like you need to start fresh, work through the resources in this packet. If you’ve done something like this before and are confident you know your gifts, abilities, personality, life experiences and passions, you might want to skip to the “do your thing” section, which provides several ways to, well, do your thing. If you’re already serving, consider going through this process to make sure you’re doing the best thing.
Then what?Do your thing!—Use the “do your thing” resources for ideas and contacts to get going. After completing this online assessment, you will receive an email from one of our staff members inviting you to engage in specific ways at Rio.
This exercise is designed to help you find “your thing” and give ministry leaders guidance as they assist you. May God bless your journey.