At Good Shepherd we know that the work of the church is not the responsibility of the pastor alone. The activities of the church are guided by ministry teams. And you don’t have to be a member of the church to get involved! If you’re interested in joining a class, attending a Let’s Go event, helping with a church work day, volunteering at the Dorcas Shop, or greeting folks on Sunday mornings, there is a place for you. Click the buttons below to learn more about our ministries.

The purpose and responsibility of the Building and Grounds Ministry is for the care, custody, and maintenance of the Church buildings, their contents, grounds, and other property belonging to Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.  The Ministry is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules for use of Church property established by the Church Council.  This Ministry should focus efforts related to the 6 C’s, giving particular attention to Covenant.

This Ministry is responsible for:

  1. Maintaining an inventory of all physical assets greater than $1,000 and purchasing insurance to adequately cover the property and liability, the buildings and their contents;
  2. Defining and instituting procedures for insuring the environmental health, safety, and security of the buildings, ensuring that the Church property is a safe and clean environment for all to enjoy
  3. Ensuring that all those with signature authority on the Church General Fund checking and savings accounts are appropriately bonded;
  4. Planning and scheduling maintenance of the buildings, including the coordination of periodic volunteer workdays;
  5. Establishing rules and procedures and coordinating the rental of the facility to Church members and outside groups. Leases over 30 days must be approved by the Church Council;
  6. Defining and implementing a procedure for soliciting bids for repair work, maintenance, modification, or other services that may be required;
  7. Receiving and disposing of material donations:
  8. Being the point of contact for receiving donations of furnishings and equipment for the Church,
  9. Making an assessment of the appropriateness, need and use of the donations,
  10. Researching and recommending to the Church Council the acquisition and disposal of substantial assets and facilities (valued over $1000);
  11. Identifying the tasks and duties necessary to sustain the day-to-day and week- to-week operation of the Church and assign responsibility for performing these tasks and duties;
  12. Recruiting and overseeing volunteers, employees, and contractors involved in the repair, maintenance, or improvement of the buildings and grounds (e.g., custodial care of the buildings, contracted repair or improvements, landscaping, and lawn care).
  13. Ensuring compliance with state and local codes and regulations pertaining to development on and use of GSUCC building and grounds.
  14. Working in conjunction with the Church office to schedule use of the facilities by internal and external groups, avoiding scheduling conflicts, and ensuring rules and policies for such use are adhered to;
  15. Working with the Church office to ensure adequate quantities of paper goods and custodial supplies are on-hand at all times.

The purpose of this Ministry is to help the Church fulfill its covenant “in celebrating God’s love for all people and creation” through the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. This Ministry should focus efforts related to the 6 C’s, giving particular attention to Cross-Cultural, Creative and Community.

This ministry shall be responsible for:

  1. Arranging for greeters to welcome visitors and congregation at worship services (which includes supplying and encouraging the use of name tags) and keeping a roster of visitors;
  2. Providing information on Good Shepherd United Church of Christ and the United Church of Christ to first-time local visitors;
  3. Maintaining regular contact with members of the congregation (which will include updating the prayer list as well as a list of shut-ins and members that are hospitalized); provide cards, visits, meals, and/or visits to those who are in need.
  4. Following up with new members to help them engage in the ministries of the congregation.
  5. Conducting an annual review of the membership roll in conjunction with the Office of the Treasurer and Pastor(s).
  6. Maintaining the time and talents Ministry Surveys as necessary to assess the congregation’s gifts and encourage the other ministries to make use of these gifts;

The purpose of this Ministry is to help the congregation to fulfill its covenant “to study and practice the word of God” by providing educational opportunities and programs for all ages. This Ministry should strategically plan efforts to engage children and families by focusing on the 6 C’s, giving particular attention to Children and Communion.

Working with the Director of Faith Formation, this ministry will:

  1. Recruit and support Church school teachers and other class leaders, assign and assure adequate space, order and evaluate curriculum, and provide educational equipment and general supplies;
  2. Encourage participate in educational opportunities provided by the conference and the wider Christian community;
  3. Oversee the nursery during worship and Church activities;
  4. Coordinate youth group activities and events for families with younger children;
  5. Consider holistic short and long-term family engagement goals;

Provide training, conduct background checks and keep records of employees and volunteers working with our children and youth in compliance with our Safe Church policies with the assistance of a Staff Relations contact.

The purpose of this Ministry is to help the congregation “to celebrate God’s love for all people and creation” by sponsoring Church activities in ministering to the needs of the local and world community. This Ministry should focus efforts related to the 6 C’s, giving particular attention to Community and Cross-Cultural.

The Ministry shall be responsible for:

  1. Conceiving, choosing, prioritizing and implementing plans for the congregation to minister to the needs of our community, nation, and world with its time, talents and resources;
  2. Educating the congregation regarding social concerns and issues by soliciting ideas and offer training to members on ways they can get involved in projects;
  3. Maintaining a constant reflection on what it means to live out GSUCC’s Welcome Statement by providing opportunities for continuing education and understanding of how this Church can be a welcoming place for all people within the Church and in the community.
  4. Encouraging the participation of the congregation in special offerings (e.g., Neighbors In Need, Christmas Fund, Strengthen the Church, and One Great Hour of Sharing) and events that are in line with the tasks and objectives for the 6 C’s;
  5. Mobilizing Good Shepherd United Church of Christ to be a model of racial and ethnic reconciliation by embracing and celebrating diversity;
  6. Identifying and alerting the congregation of new and unforeseen needs and making Church programs and opportunities known to the community;
  7. Collaborating with and supporting the Caring for Creation Committee by informing and educating our congregation and our communities about the threats to creation and finding ways that we can help mitigate these threats. Help to develop good practices and to become good stewards of God’s creation and work for her renewal.
  8. Developing and maintaining the Church’s presence on the internet, including the Church website and all social media/networking sites.

Mission and Outreach
Mission and Outreach helps celebrate God’s love for all people and creation, serving our neighbors locally and globally through partnerships with other organizations. Some of our areas of emphasis are:

Dorcas Ministries
Dorcas Ministries  is a local faith-based agency that provides a variety of services to people in financial need. Mission and Outreach serves as the liaison between the congregation and Dorcas Ministries, keeping members informed of its news and needs and encouraging donations to its thrift shop and food bank. Good Shepherd members regularly devote time at Dorcas Ministries, and we encourage members to also support it financially by shopping at the thrift store.

We also support the Dorcas Food Pantry with fresh vegetables harvested in our own Shepherd’s Garden.

The Carying Place
The Carying Place  is a transitional housing program which gives homeless working families with children an opportunity to improve their financial and living situations. Each Carying Place family receives short-term housing and guidance in developing a plan for self-sufficiency. Volunteers from Good Shepherd work on family support teams, prepare homes for new residents, and provide meals for gatherings of families and support teams.

Habitat For Humanity
Mission and Outreach supports Good Shepherd in teaming with other groups to help provide people with safe, adequate housing. Through Habitat for Humanity  we participate in the building of homes in the Cary/Apex area.

Mission Trips
Every two years we team up with members of other churches for a week-long mission trip, focusing on home repair and property cleanup for homeowners who are unable to do so themselves.

Other Activities

  • Through ChildFund International we have provided assistance with food, clothing, and school expenses for a young man in Ethiopia since he was a child.
  • We worked with a family  through U.S. Commitee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).
  • Some years find us participating in the local CROP Walk, sponsoring a Hunger Lunch to raise awareness of food shortages, and collecting Christmas toys for families in financial need.
  • We participate in all of the special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ to assist people in various ways around the world.
  • Mission and Outreach encourages the congregation to get involved in other mission opportunities as they arise, to learn about social concerns, and to be a model of love and welcome to all.

The purpose of this Ministry is to help the congregation to fulfill its covenant “to bind our lives together in trust and love as a family in Jesus Christ” by building and maintaining a loving community among the people of Good Shepherd. This Ministry helps the congregation fulfill its covenant to live as a family in Jesus Christ by initiating, arranging, and working with other Ministries in coordinating social occasions, meals, and 5th Sunday potlucks attended by church members, friends and guests.

The Relationship Ministry is responsible for:

  1. Promoting fellowship within the Church by initiating, arranging, and coordinating social occasions attended by persons affiliated with the Church;
  2. Being a point of contact to help coordinate special events being held at the Church by outside groups or other Ministries;
  3. Arranging for volunteers to help provide refreshments following the worship service;
  4. Assisting in establishing and overseeing adult or Church-wide fellowship groups;
  5. Maintaining kitchen cleanliness, supplies, cooking utensils, equipment, appliances, non-perishable refreshments, and condiments, for use by Church ministries, committees, members, and friends.

Throughout the year, Good Shepherd also participates in group activities with our two sister churchesCovenant Christian Church and Cary First Christian Church. These events include joint worship during the holidays, pulpit exchanges, Appalachian mission trips, community service projects and social activities. Our three churches are also currently engaged in an open-ended progressive exploration of issues involving community, race relations and faith, called Community in the Heart of Christ. All members of the greater Cary community and their guests are welcome to attend these programs.

Good Shepherd UCC also has active small groups within the congregation.

Our Youth Group includes kids in middle school and high school.  They meet several times during the year and undertake a wide range of activities, including community service, social events, and age-appropriate group discussions.

Our Women’s Fellowship Group meets on an “almost monthly” basis for a combination of activities that include service projects, church-related projects, retreats, dining out, speaker programs and craft & hobby sessions, in a comfortable environment.

The Men’s Breakfast Fellowship is an informal gathering that takes place at Cary-area restaurants twice a month.  These get-togethers are filled with food (naturally!), laughs and friendly conversation.

Refreshments Following Worship Service
Relationship serves refreshments during the Fellowship Hour following worship each Sunday. This is a special time where it is obvious that those present enjoy sharing with each other while enjoying some tasty and healthy treats. Everyone is welcome to attend. Volunteers are sought throughout the year to sponsor this Fellowship Hour by contributing food or helping to set up or clean up, or offer a small monetary donation.

The Book Club meets monthly, September through May, and discusses a book picked by one of the members of the group.  These books can range from fiction to non-fiction or any genre that the leader that month wishes to discuss.  This is open to all members and friends of Good Shepherd UCC. To avoid the expense of new books, we try to pick books that are readily available in the libraries around town.

The purpose of this Ministry is to help the congregation fulfill its covenant “to joyfully share in worship” and to minister to the needs of the congregational members. This Ministry should focus efforts related to the 6 C’s, giving particular attention to Covenant and Communion.

The Ministry shall be responsible for:

  1. Working with the Pastor(s) concerning regular and special services of worship and shall see that the sacraments are administered properly;
  2. Preparing the sanctuary for worship (responsibilities which include preparing for communion, providing flowers and candles in the sanctuary, securing and supervising ushers, preparing liturgical space for worship, and organizing acolytes and liturgists);
  3. Collaborating with and supporting the Music Committee;
  4. Collaborating with and supporting the Worship Committee;
  5. Collaborating with and supporting the Memorial Garden Committee;
  6. Collaborating with and supporting the Discernment Committee;
  7. Collaborating with the sound and video tech team;
  8. Planning spiritual growth opportunities during the Church year;

The Christian Fellowship Ministry is responsible for building and maintaining a loving community among the people of Good Shepherd. This Ministry helps the congregation fulfill its covenant to live as a family in Jesus Christ by initiating, arranging, and working with other Ministries in coordinating social occasions, meals, and 5th Sunday potlucks attended by church members, friends and guests.

Refreshments Following Worship Service
Christian Fellowship serves refreshments during the Fellowship Hour following worship each Sunday. This is a special time where it is obvious that those present enjoy sharing with each other while enjoying some tasty and healthy treats. Everyone is welcome to attend. Those who wish to sponsor this Fellowship Hour in honor or memory of a loved one may do so by contributing food or a small monetary donation.

Music is an integral part of worship and church life at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. Everyone is encouraged to join in worship music and to “make a joyful noise to the Lord.” At Good Shepherd a big part of enriching our worship experience is celebrating the diverse musical talents of our members and friends.

Our adult choir provides music for worship services, seasonal programs, and special presentations using a variety of classical, traditional favorites and more recent compositions. Good Shepherd’s Praise Team members invite the congregation to join in celebrations of contemporary musical praise once a month during worship services. The Praise Team includes vocalists and an assortment of keyboards, guitars, brass, and drums. Several times during the year special music is offered by our Children’s, Men’s, and Women’s Chorales, as well as vocal and instrumental soloists. In addition, Good Shepherd often presents concerts for the church and community featuring performers such as Linnea Good and recording artist Vaughan Penn.

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ offers a spectrum of opportunities to enhance worship and our spiritual lives through music. We encourage the participation of all!