Giving Back to the Church: Volunteering at General Assembly

By | March 9, 2012

The Upper Room is a new church development of  the Presbyterian Church (USA). Friends at both the national and local levels of this denomination have generously provided for us over the past four years.  Now we have a chance to generously give back to the Church with our time and talents.

Every two years the PC(USA) has a national meeting called General Assembly (GA). This year’s GA is happening in Pittsburgh from June 30th to July 7th. Pastors and elders from around the country come to GA as commissioners to make important decisions regarding the future of the denomination. Along with these 700 commissioners, several hundred other leaders from around the country come to GA, meaning that nearly 2,000 people will be present this year.  With so many people coming and so much going on, GA needs volunteers from all the local churches to help make the Assembly run smoothly. And this is where you come in.

Volunteers to General Assembly can do anything and everything.  Like interacting with internationals? You can volunteer to pick up Ecumenical Advisory Delegates at the airport and you just might end up picking up the leader of the Presbyterian Church in Ghana. Are you gifted in prayer and intercession? You can volunteer to pray for and lead others in interceding for this year’s GA. This is extremely important.  Do you like building things or working behind the scenes? Volunteers are especially needed to help with set-up and tear-down for the Assembly at the Convention Center. There are literally hundreds of other ways to serve, as well.

To get started, go to the 2012 GA Volunteer Registration Site and fill in the form to sign-up.  Notice that your phone number will be your password for the site.  Also, when it asks for your Church, select “Other” and then type “The Upper Room” in the box.   Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to log in for the first time.  Once logged in, peruse the volunteering options by clicking the categories on the left side of the screen. For example, click Worship if you’re interested in volunteering for prayer, Hospitality if you want to pick people up at the airport, Office of the General Assembly if you want to help set-up and tear-down. Contact Chris (chris@pghupperroom.com) if you have any questions. Thanks for considering giving back to the Church in this way.