So, you are thinking of becoming a volunteer for Shepherd of Hope
Christian Chat and Chronic Illness Support?
Well, Praise the Lord! We need YOU!
Below are a few of the areas you may want to consider as you are praying
about how you can become involved as a volunteer. If you have questions
after reading this, please contact me and I will be happy to help clarify
anything you are unsure of!
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greeter, you would be volunteering to spend time in the chat room during a
specific time and day of the week. Your responsibility would be to
welcome everyone who comes into the room by name, and if a new visitor,
ask a few questions to be sure they are comfortable with how to use the
room. You would we expected to ask those coming in how they are doing and
if there is anything they would like prayer for today -- and if so, to
offer a short prayer at that time. You would make a note of any 'new
visitors' as well as any concerns during your time in the room. You
should be familiar with how to use the chat room features as well as be
comfortable using the Private Message feature if needed. If others come
into the room and are not familiar with how to use the room, you would be
expected to give them some basic pointers (i.e. choosing an avatar, how to
use private chat, colors, or bold text, sounds and status options). If
you are interested in greeting but do not know how to do these things,
speak with Shep and she will teach you how to do these things.
will be required to have spent some time at Shepherd of Hope Chat before
becoming a greeter in order to demonstrate their ability to carry out
these responsibilities -- ask Shep if you are interested, but don't know
how to do some of it -- she will be happy to help you learn!)
As a prayer warrior, you would be expected to pray on
the days/times that you have agreed to pray for Shepherd of Hope and all
of the prayer needs that it has. You would also be expected to visit the
Prayer and Praise page as often as possible (daily if possible) to see any
updated prayers and praises have been added. You would be expected to
keep the information sent to you private as many of the needs of the room
as not things that are spoken of outside of the 'board room' of the site.
There is a form to complete and return to Shep if you are interested in
being one of those who goes to the Throne of Grace on behalf of Shepherd
of Hope Ministry -- We need prayer warriors -- without prayers, we are
unable to know the will and direction of the Lord for this ministry!
(Everyone can pray for the ministry, and we hope that you will, however
to become a Prayer Warrior, you will need to be a part of Shepherd of Hope
Ministry long enough to have an idea of our direction and goals. We count
on our Prayer Warriors to take many things to the Lord in prayer, so you
can understand why we are cautious in choosing them - YOU can feel
confident that if you post a request, our Prayer Warrior Team is praying
-- so we cautiously and prayerfully select those who will be a part of
this team for the good of all!
in need of finances in order to keep this room open and running. Shep and
her husband are committed to keeping it going, but we need YOUR help! You
can click on the donation link at the top of the page to make a pay pal or
credit card donation. You can also contact Shep if you would like to send
a check. If you would like to make a donation in HONOR or in MEMORY of a
loved one, please let Shep know the details and a personal card will be
sent to theh one you request letting them or the family know of your gift
in their honor or memory! Another way you can help with donations is to
encourage those who would benefit from this site to come here and join in
the many chats and activities that are offered -- and encourage those who
are able to make a financial donation. If you cannot give financially,
perhaps you can take on a volunteer position but at least, most
importantly, you can PRAY!
Shepherd of Hope operates on private funds. We need
someone who can help to creatively find donors -- as many of the people
who use the room are financially burdened, perhaps some outside
organizations or individuals would be interested in keeping us operating.
Many who use the chat room are able to make small donations -- and we are
trying to find at least 20 people who will commit to making a monthly
donation in order to offset the costs of running this site. If you have
ideas or an interest in doing some 'fund-raising' please contact Shep.
As a chat host, you would be volunteering to prepare a short
devotional or time of purposeful conversation --it may be something you
have read, something you have prepared yourself, or it may be sharing a
scripture verse and a few thoughts on it. Chat sessions last one hour and
should include an opening prayer, a time of sharing, scripture, a time of
sharing prayer requests and then a closing prayer. You can do as much as
you are comfortable doing within the guidelines of our statement of
purpose, faith and beliefs on healing, or as little as asking a couple of
questions to generate interaction between the people in the room. Some
examples are "What is your favorite Scripture and why?", "What has God
done in your life this week?" and questions of that nature. You are not
expected to give a full Bible study, and unless you have been approved to
do so, you are asked to refrain from doing so. There are many faiths
represented here and even some who do not yet know the Lord, so we need to
be sure that when we have a Bible Study, it has been passed through the
'board' to be certain it doesn't contain any teachings that could offend a
particular faith -- our goal is to make Hosted Chats a time of positive
and encouraging Christian conversation! (Hosts will need to be able
to do the things a Greeter does, and a bit more - you would need to
demonstrate a knowledge of the Word of God as you would be leading the
chat and would be expected to use the Word as your guide. It is also
important that you have been an active part of Shepherd of Hope for a
period of time before taking on a Host position. Speak to Shep if you
have been here a while and are interested in doing a Hosting position)
Praise and Worship Leader: As a Sunday Praise and Worship leader,
you would be expected to open and close in prayer, to encourage
testimonies and sharing of what the Lord is doing in the guests lives. It
is also a time to share hymns or song lyrics, poetry, and anything that
would be considered Praising or Worshipping the Lord! This is a one hour
period of time. (See requirements for a Host -- these will be
& Praise Leader: As a Prayer & Praise leader, you would be responsible
to open in a short prayer and then ask the guests for prayer requests and
praises. (Encourage them to post these on the Prayer and Praise Page in
the form at the bottom of the page at the end of the hour). You would
hopefully be writing these down as they are being typed to the chat
window. After a time of sharing and perhaps some time of empathizing and
encouraging as appropriate, you would be expected to close in a prayer
acknowledging each of the requests as praises as you are able to.
(See requirements for a Host -- these will be similar)
There is no requirement to be a pray-er for Shepherd of Hope Ministry
other than a desire to do so - you are encouraged to go to the Prayer and
Praise page and read the prayers and praises that are posted there daily
and to lift them to the Lord in prayer! Everyone who comes here is able
to lift this room in thanks and praise as we are blessed to have this
place, blessed to have the Lord's blessing upon us, and most of us already
know what an encouraging thing it is to have someplace to go when you need
to be encouraged, as well as when you are able to encourage others! You
don't even need to complete a volunteer form to pray for this site, but if
you have decided to be a "pray-er" for this site -- let Shep know -- it is
encouraging to hear that we are being lifted in prayers!
Read more suggestions below -- pray and ask
the Lord to direct you in how you can give to
Ministry in time, talents, or resources!
There are many ways you can support
Shepherd of Hope Christian Chat and Chronic Illness Support Ministry!
Please take time to pray and
Lord to show you how YOU can be a part
of the growth and continuation of Shepherd
of Hope Christian Chat and Chronic Illness Support Ministry!
Shepherd of Hope is operated on private
We depend on YOUR donations to help us keep it running.
are led to make a financial donation to this *ministry, you may do so by
clicking on the button to make a secure online donation through Pay Pal.
Credit Cards are accepted! If you wish to send a check, please contact
Thank you for your prayerful and financial support!
*This site is not yet a licensed non-profit
ministry, so donations are not tax-deductible, however we are dependent
upon donations from people like you, to keep it running for all
Christians with chronic illness.
If this site has been a blessing to you, consider making a financial
contribution. However, if this isn't something you are able to do -
consider doing something else from this list above! Your contribution of
TIME is just as important as your contribution of Funds!
Training and/or instruction will be provided for any position you
volunteer for. In order to volunteer as a Host, Greeter or a Prayer
Warrior, you will need to complete an 'application form' so that we can
assure that those who are volunteering here are in alignment with our
Statement of Purpose,
Statement of Faith and our
Beliefs on Healing. You can click
on the links here or find them at the top of every page on this site!
Working for His Glory,
once again, here's the link:
click here to download the volunteer form
February 17, 2008