Volunteer Opportunities

Where does God want me to serve?

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…

-Ephesians 2:10

What a privilege it is to be the result of God’s workmanship! In response to this privilege, we have the opportunity to fulfill the purpose which God intended for our lives… to do good works, using the gifts that He has woven into each of us. We have numerous opportunities for you to use the gifts God has given you to build up the body of Christ.

Although there are many serving opportunities for you to try, it’s even better when you can serve in an area that uses your primary spiritual gifts. If you are uncertain what your spiritual gifts are, please take a spiritual gifts assessment which can be found in the church Lobby. For more information on this assessment, or to discuss where you may want to serve, please contact us!

To volunteer for any of these serving opportunities, please fill out an interest form

Before the music starts, before the message is delivered, guests should know they matter to us. First Impressions Teams are trained to extend a warm greeting, a good cup of coffee, and a helpful gesture to those coming through our doors on a Sunday morning.


First Impressions

Coffee Servers

Prepare and serve hot beverages and stock supplies with a friendly smile and greeting. Serve 30 minutes prior to the beginning of service times on a rotational basis.


Open doors, offer a friendly smile and welcome, provide an umbrella or an extra hand, answer basic questions and direct guests as needed. Arrive 30 minutes before service begins. Serve on a rotational basis, four months per year.

Information Center

Greet guests 30 minutes before service begins and 30 minutes after service ends, answer basic questions about River Oaks, provide directions, etc.

KidsWorld Information Center

Greet guests coming in the KidsWorld entrance 30 minutes before service begins and 30 minutes after service ends, answer basic questions about River Oaks, provide directions, etc.

Sunday Morning Office Team

Answer phones, provide directions, and answer basic questions about River Oaks. Serve 30 minutes prior to service as well as during service. Serve on a rotational basis.


Offer a friendly smile and greeting, find seating as needed, answer basic questions, and count attendance. Serve one hour on Sundays on a rotational basis.


Adult Teacher (Classroom or Small Group)

Teach or facilitate a class at River Oaks, mid-week or on Sunday mornings. Serve as needed.

GROW Group Leader

Shepherd a group of individuals amidst an environment of authentic Christian community, while encouraging and supporting the group’s pursuit of becoming fully-devoted followers of Christ. Training and direction provided.

Visits From the Heart

Offer encouragement and compassion by making hospital visits and supporting the ministry staff with pastoral care. Training and direction provided. Serve as needed.

Financial Counselor

Extend your gifts of numbers and budgets by periodically providing one-on-one financial counseling and/or budget planning to others within River Oaks.

Marriage Mentoring Ministry

Encourage and support young couples from River Oaks during their engagement and for the first year after they are married. Training is provided. Serve as needed.

Stephen Ministry

Provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation who are experiencing difficult situations. In-depth training provided. Serve as needed.

Service Groups

CIA (Compassion In Action)

Volunteer at our local agencies with one of our service teams.

FBI (Fixers, Builders and Instructors)

The FBI exists for the purpose of assisting and encouraging the less fortunate in our church and community by doing home repairs, building projects and instructing from God’s Word, through labor, as reflections of God’s love.

FBI meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Heavenly Grounds café at 6:30 P.M. and is open to everyone. No special skills are required. You can work, learn or watch. FBI does projects all year long but also have busy and not so busy times.

ROCC Garden Club 

The ROCC Garden Club is a seasonal ministry designed to serve others by tending to a garden that will feed those in need. Volunteers work from April to November to plant, tend and harvest vegetables for the food pantry at Church Community Services. It is the desire of those who serve in this ministry to provide fresh produce for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them. Working in the garden is a great way to get to know other families who attend River Oaks. The KidsPatch garden is specifically designed to get families with younger children involved in this ministry opportunity. For more information about the KidsPatch, contact Rachel Campagnoli, email: rcampagnoli@riveroaks.org

The HUGS Project

Provide cooling ties (HUGS) and care packages to soldiers serving our country in the blistering heat of the Middle Eastern dessert. Cut, sew, and fill the HUGS and prepare them for shipping. Serve twice a month.

Jail Ministry

The primary focus of the jail ministry is to effectively serve the men and women incarcerated in the Elkhart County Correctional Complex. This is achieved by providing spiritual growth opportunities, programs, education, resources, communications, family outreach and entertainment to inmates. We seek to develop positive, supportive relationships with inmates, which may continue as they are released or sent to prison. The desired outcomes from this ministry include: inmates develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and experience Spiritual growth, reduced recidivism through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, growing relationships with Christ followers, transitional coaching, practical help and Spiritual growth for those who serve in this ministry.

ROCC Health Team

Offer “basic” healthcare education and services for those within the River Oaks body, including monthly blood pressure checks.


Additional Opportunities

Kitchen Team

Assist in the kitchen for special events, funeral meals, and other events and activities. Serve as needed.

Library Team

Assist with checking in/out materials, answer questions, help locate and shelve materials. Serve two hours every 5th Sunday morning.

Loving Hands Meal Ministry

Provide meals to those in need from within our body for funerals, a new baby, a crisis, and other challenging circumstances.

Moppets (September – May)

Lovingly care for the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) children. Curriculum and training is provided. This group meets every other week.

Snow Men

Help clear the sidewalks, drive, and parking lots to keep attendees safe in the winter months.

Security Team

Provide security during church services. Application and approval by Security Team leader required.