Serve at Westwood
Join one of the many serving teams that bring our church to life each Sunday! We will help you match your abilities, passions, and gifts to a place and team where you can thrive as you serve and love God's people. Contact Tammy Archer to find out more information various roles. If you're not sure what area is best for you, check out our AssessMe resource for insight into you gifts and interest.
• Media Ministry
• Creative Communications Ministry
•Small Group Ministry
•Westwood Kids Team
Serve the Community
Our call to make growing disciples of Jesus begins at our own doorstep. We partner with several ministries in our community to reach our closest neighbors with the love of Jesus and His life-changing message. If you're interested in serving with one of our community partners, check out the list below to find out how!
Through a variety of prevention and intervention programs, Family Connection is dedicated to building positive futures for the community's most vulnerable children, teens, and families. Each year, Family Connection reaches more than 5,000 children, teens and families through our group home for at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth, school-based counseling, family support groups, safe sites for youth in crisis, and homeless outreach. Our approach is to maintain a culture where the dignity of every youth is respected and all youth feel safe. It is through the generous support of community volunteers, business leaders, and donors that Family Connection has been able to continue its mission of strengthening communities by building strong youth and families. Contact us for more information on how you can join the Family Connection team.
Kevin Derryberry Ministry
The Kevin Derryberry Ministry seeks to minister to men, women, and children through the sharing the gospel and providing clothes, shoes, toiletries, bible, devotionals, and just loving on people. Contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
Ponderosa Student Ministries
Ponderosa Student Ministries exists to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to students by giving them opportunities to experience God's power, presence, and peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Westwood members Chris and Gina Dorough are currently raising support to serve at Ponderosa full time. Contact Ponderosa Bible Camp to learn how to support them financially or learn more about their ministry.
Project HOPE is the first street outreach program for youth in Alabama, and is currently the only program in the Birmingham area providing comprehensive services for runaway and homeless youth. To find out how you can get involved contact Cathy Dunagen at email@example.com
SafetyNet Academy is a long-term treatment facility designed to serve emotionally or behaviorally disturbed children ages 10-18. We have the opportunity to reflect God's love to kids who desperately need it. Each month, a group of men and women from Westwood and other churches spend a Saturday with the kids of SafetyNet and show them that God loves them, and that someone cares. To get the details of the next trip, contact Jeff Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelby Baptist Association
The Shelby Baptist Association seeks to serve Christ by enabling and assisting its member churches to accomplish their mission, helping churches coordinate and promote mission and ministry opportunities, and patterning together to accomplish the Great Commission locally and globally. For more information, contact Keith Brown at email@example.com
Sowers of Seed
More than 2,000 children in Alabaster are on free or reduced lunch programs during the school year, but there is no lunch program during the summer. This group seeks to help these children by feeding them lunch and sharing the Gospel with them. To get involved, contact Lynn Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve the Nations
We are called to go to the ends of the earth with the message of Christ. We partner with international missions organizations and send missionaries from our church to make growing disciples of all nations. Check out our missionaries and partners to find out how you can be a part of our efforts to serve the world.
e3 Partners aims to participate in larger Kingdom efforts to see churches planted in every community among every language and people group in the world. They are active in over thirty countries and are looking to expand into new places. Their primary focus is equipping believers to plant new church that will multiply quickly and regularly. Visit their site at e3partners.org
International Mission Board
IMB's mission is to make disciples of all peoples in fulfillment of the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. Check out their site at imb.org
Light of the Valley School
Light of the Valley school is a pre-school and primary school in Belize. The pre-school is one of the few in the region, and children come from as far as five miles in either direction. Westwood took a mission trip to the Light of the Valley school in 2013. Check it out here: http://animoto.com/play/N71drApXBnSuiS6hRX0lfw
North American Mission Board
Three out of four people living in the United States and Canada do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The North American Mission Board exists to assist churches, associations, and state conventions in mobilizing Southern Baptists as a missional force to impact North America with the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and church planting. Visit their site at namb.net
Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan's Purse)
Operation Christmas child is run by Samaritan's Purse, an organization that seeks to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Each year during the Christmas season, Samaritan's Purse collects shoe boxes full of gifts for children in need. The boxes are distributed all over the world to demonstrate God's love in tangible ways, and with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Visit their site at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Swaziland Orphans (Children's Hope Chest)
Everyday nearly 16,000 children die of hunger-related issues—that's one child every five seconds. For $34/month, families at Westwood are supporting a child in the care point where Westwood missionaries the Clyburn family and the McAdams family are working. To sponsor a child, click here: http://www.hopechest.org/community/thulwane/sponsor/
Tools of Ministry
Tools of Ministry takes groups of people and families to do construction projects to demonstrate the love of Jesus to people in need. For more information, call Dennis Dickey at 205-936-1329
Jade and Shelah Acker: Refuge of Hope, Uganda
Jennifer Kendrick: HCJB Global, Ecuador
Steve and Amy McAdams: Adventures in Missions, Swaziland
Doug and Darla Millar: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Greg and Michelle Mullins; Adventures in Missions, Swaziland
David and Karen Rhodes: KidzKonnect4Jesus, Belize
Todd and Shirley Stone: KidzKonnect4Jesus, Belize
Call the Mission office for a list of our upcoming mission trips and more information on how to get involved!