Saturday, January 30, 2010

North Country Ministries FAQ's

“Why are you volunteering at this event?”
We get asked this question at just about every event at which we serve. The short answer is this: Jesus Christ came on this earth as a servant, and we want to serve people as well. Jesus showed love, compassion, hope and joy in all that He did, and we want to do that as well. Jesus has changed our lives, giving us eternal life and abundant life, and we want other people to know Him. To put it simply: we love God, we love people, and we love sports. Go to this link to learn more about having a personal relationship with Jesus:

“Why are you guys having such a great time?”

Our ministry volunteers are often found serving with smiles on their faces and with great attitudes. Like everyone else, our ministry volunteers have tough days, tragedies in life, problems big and small, and other issues, not to mention the challenges they face while serving at events. The difference between our volunteers and many people is this: we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and He has changed our lives! As the Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, old things are passed away, behold all things become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) In other words, knowing Jesus personally will so radically change your life that even on your bad days you can still smile, knowing that He has your life under control. Your old self can become brand new in Christ.

“How can I know that I am going to heaven?”
This question is the most important question a person will ever ask here on earth. The answer is found in Jesus Christ. It is not found in being religious, doing good things, or even just believing facts about God or Jesus. The answer is found in having a personal relationship with Jesus. You can begin a relationship with Jesus right now. Click HERE to find out how.

“Can the Bible help me with this situation I am going through?”
The Bible has answers to deal with every issue you face in life. No problem or decision is too big or too small for God. If you would like to know what the Bible says about a particular situation you are facing, click on this link:

“How can I be part of the North Country Ministries team?”
You can serve with us through North Country Ministries at any of our events, whether you are an individual or part of a mission team, whether you live in the Adirondacks or anywhere else in the world. You can even serve with us whether you belong to a church or not. To get involved, send us an email or call us to get signed up.

“What kind of training does NCM provide?”
Before all of our ministry events, we provide a time of training. We want you to be prepared for what you will be doing, to learn from those who have served at previous events, and to be able to ask any pertinent questions. The training is usually the day before the event, although sometimes the training comes on the day of the event. There is also more extensive training that NCM provides at various workshops throughout the year. Contact us for more information on these.

How can we do similar ministry events in our area?”
If you served with us at NCM (or even if you didn’t), you can impact your community in similar ways. We would love to help you share Christ’s love wherever you live. If you live in New York, Derek Spain is the contact person who can help you to develop similar ministries through your church or association in your area, so contact him directly at 518-523-2008 or He is the resort evangelism strategist for the Baptist Convention of New York, serving in the Evangelism Division.

If you live in another state, then he can help to get in touch with the right people to organize, equip and train you to lead these types of ministry events. We can even provide you with training materials, ideas and other helpful information. There is a wonderful national organization known as the Association of Resort & Leisure Ministers to that can help. We are part of this group. Their website is

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