For much of Ridgecrest's history, men and women of God have brought an incredible heart and passion to Ridgecrest's volunteer ministry. Are you looking for a place to get away from the ordinary and focus on how God can use you to serve others? Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Volunteers are key to Ridgecrest being able to effectively serve our guests. Bringing a cheerful smile and a helping hand to the various hospitality needs on campus, volunteers leave a lasting impression on literally thousands of people. Ridgecrest invites you to prayerfully consider investing a small portion of your life to this highly effective ministry.
Our Mission is cultivating experiences, nurturing relationships, and impacting lives for God's glory.
- Have an authentic, and growing relationship with Jesus?
- Have a servant's heart and desire to serve others with excellence and grace?
- Feel that you are mentally, physically, and emotionally able to serve approximately 30-35 hours per week?
- To live in intentional community with other believers?
- To serve others with excellence and grace?
- To be flexible and teachable mentally, physically, and emotionally
- To take time away from the normal routine of life to focus on your walk with the Lord and others?
- To affirm and abide by LifeWay Christian Resources' Statement of Faith and Policies?
What exactly would I do? Volunteers assist in a number of ministries including:
FOOD SERVICE & FOOD OUTLETS These service areas play a major role in the overall ministry. While guests are fed spiritually in classes and worship services, it is the fellowship provided at the Rhododendron Dining Room, Nibble Nook and Clouds that rounds out the overall experience. Volunteers assisting in these areas will likely be preparing food, baking, hosting, running registers, serving food, etc.
HOSPITALITY AND GUEST RELATIONS
Volunteers have many opportunities for guest interaction as they serve on the "front lines." You may be greeting on arrival days, driving the trams, cleaning guest rooms and public spaces or selling Ridgecrest merchandise in our Roots retail shop. These areas will give you the opportunity to provide an excellent experience for those on campus.
Our desire is to provide a clean, safe, healthy and well-maintained facility that aids in accomplishing our mission. Opportunities include maintenance, carpentry, painting, landscaping and much more based on your skill set. In addition, we schedule groups to come help with special projects throughout the year.
BEHIND THE SCENES We often need people to help with turnover days in Guest Spaces and Conference Services. This requires resetting rooms for the next guests coming in. Often volunteers will find themselves in the laundry room for a few hours each week to help keep up with the load. We also have special projects like sewing, brochure stuffing, chair cleaning and more for those that prefer less guest interaction.
What is the Application Process? New Volunteers need to fill out this application. Once the Coordinator receives it, you will get an email confirmation.
Both new and returning volunteers will receive an email that will guide you through a background check, which is required.
Who Can Apply? While many of Ridgecrest volunteers are retired, quite a few young people serve each year as well. The minimum age is eighteen to be on your own. Teenagers can come with permission and adult supervision.
When does Ridgecrest need volunteers? We utilize the help of Volunteers year round. We are open everyday and have needs at all different times. Once you apply we can give you more specific information on what that looks like.
Can I come serve even if I can't stay for 2 weeks? Yes, we prefer 2 week commitments, but understand that not everyone may be that flexible.
Can I serve if I live locally? We love having local volunteers, and are always in need of more of you.
How long can I serve? Volunteers can serve based on the amount of time they have available, but we prefer new volunteers to come for 2 weeks whenever possible. Many volunteers commit two to three months or more each year.
Do you provide housing? Ridgecrest offers traditional conference housing. These hotel-style rooms include a fridge, microwave, phone, coffeemaker and linens. There is a laundry room and kitchen located in the same building for you to use.
We also have full hookup campsites for travel trailers or RV's. This campground is located across the highway, so you will need transportation to get on campus. There is a laundry room and bath house available during the fall, spring and summer months.
What about meals? When we are serving guests in the Dining Hall, meals are provided for volunteers. We also provide lunch (Monday-Saturday) throughout the year whenever 10 or more volunteers are on campus.
When is check-in/check-out time? We prefer new volunteers to arrive on Sunday. Check-in time is 4:00pm. On your departure day (preferably a Sunday) check-out time is 10:00am.
When is Orientation? New volunteer orientation is the morning after your arrival date. Volunteer service time will begin sometime after orientation.
Can I request to serve in a certain area? A request to serve in a certain area is considered when possible. We will do our best to put you where you are most comfortable.
What kind of a work schedule can I expect? You will be assigned to serve 5 out of 7 days. Some areas may require a split shift schedule, and some areas require serving late-night hours. We are open everyday, and are usually busiest on the weekends, so please be prepared to serve then. Your total service hours will be approximately 30-35 hours per week.
Do you accommodate volunteer groups? Yes, we definitely welcome church groups to come together anytime. It is a good way to offer church members a short and inexpensive mission type of trip. We also have ministries like Campers on Mission that come at different times throughout the year.
What do I wear while I am at Ridgecrest? We provide red polo shirts to wear while you are serving in the different areas. You will need to bring whatever else you may need. Closed-toe shoes are required in many departments. Please be modest in all clothing choices, and refrain from wearing anything too short, too tight or too revealing.
Is there church while we are there? We gather for fellowship (music and teaching/sharing) on most Tuesday nights of the year in the volunteer center.
Is internet provided? Yes, we have wifi available at the conference center and at the campground.
What kind of feedback have you received from volunteers who have previously served?
"Volunteering at Ridgecrest is a way to show love for Jesus Christ by following His example of serving others." ~Susan"Seeing young people learning about Christ and sharing His love at Ridgecrest makes volunteering here a very worthwhile pleasure." ~Larry"Ridgecrest is my Holy Place where I always have encounters to grow closer to God while serving in His name. I am leaving with a deeper love for God and others." ~Velma
"Any person of any age will be valued and rewarded from serving at Ridgecrest." ~Julie
"The interaction with other volunteers, guests and staff whether for 30 seconds or an hour is so pleasant and refreshing. Worldly burdens are left at the front gate allowing all to benefit from the unique spiritual environment that has existed here for 110 years." ~Jim
"Volunteer for 2 weeks and you will want to do 2 more. Come for 1 month and you will want to come for 2." ~Arlene
"You will find it a privilege and honor to serve and be part of such a loving Christian family of staffers and volunteers. It is an experience that will draw you back for years to come." ~Lianne
"Regardless of age or physical abilities, there is a place of meaningful service in ministry for all." ~Bobby
"Anyone who has a heart to be a servant to Jesus will accomplish great things for the glory of God as a volunteer at Ridgecrest." ~Jim
"I came to Ridgecrest to volunteer, not really knowing what to expect. The experience was wonderful in so many ways. I met wonderful people and enjoyed doing meaningful work in a fun and relaxed atmosphere." ~ Anne
The New Volunteer Application is online at the link below. If you are a returning volunteer, please email or call the Volunteer Coordination office to set up your next service time.
For More Information Contact:
LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
Volunteer Ministry Coordinator
P.O. Box 128 Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Phone: (828) 669-3589