Local Missions Volunteer Opportunities

We are the hands and feet of Jesus! Members of Salem are active in serving Jesus every day in our local community in many different ways! If you are looking for an opportunity to serve locally, we have options for adults, students, and families to get plugged in throughout the year, both on and off campus. This page will be updated often as needs change and new events are added throughout the year. Follow these links to learn more:

Why Local Missions?

"Working with MissionApex families gives me a way to reach out in my community and take another person's hand and make their day a little brighter. Giving children an opportunity to hear about what Jesus did for them because he loves them." ~Terry 

"The love of Jesus is a blessing meant to flow through a person. I don't want to be that person where the blessing gets stopped up, because it turns out blessings flow both ways!" ~Tricia 

"God spoke to me out of John 10—where Jesus teaches us He is the shepherd and we are His sheep. He also says He is the gate and we will come in and we will go out. The “going out” part is where God spoke to me—I was serving in the church but He also wanted me to go out into the community. I am not cool and my husband is not cool, nor do we want to be, but God calls and He equips. We have the privilege of teaching these young people [through Teen Club] that God loves them and has a plan for their life. We talk about Jesus and His kingdom A LOT. We love these crazy teens and tell them all the time that we do. We are two people in their lives who show up every week in the van—Thursday after Thursday—we keep showing up. I know that it’s not our efforts that make a difference, that it’s all God, yet somehow He uses us in this." ~Michelle

Bringing the Community INTO the church

MissionApex Ministry Activities

  • Bring kids to church each Wednesday night: Sign up to chaperone church transportation bringing school-age children from a local neighborhood to Wednesday evening activities on Salem's campus during the school year.
  • Rides to Teen Club (female volunteer position): Sign up to give a teen clubber a ride to church each Thursday evening during the school year. This thriving ministry provides a safe place for teens from local neighborhoods to study the bible, fellowship, and hear the gospel weekly on Salem's campus.
  • Tutoring/Homework Help (female volunteer position): Sign up to tutor teens as often as you are able. Science and math help needed for 8th grade level and up, but help with any subject is appreciated. This ministry will be expanding in the fall, if you are interested in helping on a more consistent basis on Wednesday or Sunday evenings, please contact Ashley.
  • Reading Buddies: Do you have a passion for literacy and a love for children? Contact Ashley if you are interested in helping with our next Reading Buddies meeting, which is scheduled quarterly on Sunday evening from 5:30–6:30 pm on Salem's campus.
  • Driving kids and family members to church Sunday morning: If you are interested in driving kids in our community who don't have transportation and wish to attend church on Sunday mornings, either in your own vehicle or using a church van, please contact Ashley.
  • Salem Summer Club: Each year on Salem's campus, Summer Club is held for kindergarten through high school students that we serve through MissionApex, with a focus on literacy, the gospel, physical activity, and fun. Club meets Thursdays in July from 9:00 am – 12:45 pm. 2020 Summer Club dates are July 9, 16, 23, 30. Volunteer positions include lead teachers, assistants, reading buddies during library time, and lunch provided by BFG classes. Please Contact Ashley if you or your youth-age children are interested in helping any of the weeks. Childcare is available for adult volunteers.

Crossroads Prison Ministry and Re-Entry

  • Angel Tree Easter Party, Friday, April 3, 2020 on the Salem Campus. Angel Tree is an outreach program of Prison Fellowship serving the children of prisoners and their families/caregivers with the love of Christ. Please contact Amber to help with planning the party.
  • Donations for Re-entry Backpacks: Provide backpack items (due March 15) and help pack re-entry backpacks, including a Bible and other Gospel-Centered information, for homeless individuals returning to society after prison. The backpacks will be delivered to the Wake County Family Resource Center in Raleigh for Second Chance Act Month.              
    • Sign up for Re-entry Backpack Items *Items due to the church office by Sunday, March 15*
    • If you prefer to donate money for backpack items, visit Crossroads Prison Ministry's website and find donation info at the bottom of the page. 
    • Outrageous Justice Bible Study: To learn more about the prison and re-entry ministry, join us for this 6-week course starting Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 pm in Room D122/124. Following the study, the 7th week will be a time to fellowship and pack the re-entry backpacks together.
  • Nash Correctional "One Day with God" Camp: February 29, 2020, inmates' children come in and spend the whole day with their parents. Many volunteers are needed to make this day happen. If interested, please complete an application by February 10 online here, or fill out a PDF version and email to info@forgivenministry.org. There is a training on Thursday, February 20, or an option to train online. Please contact Amber with questions.

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Serving INSIDE the church

Learn how you can use your gifts and talents serving within the body of Salem to glorify God, make disciples, and share His story through music ministry, childcare, teaching or facilitating a small group, becoming a prayer partner, or joining our story team.

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Serving OUTSIDE the church

MissionApex Produce Ministry

Salem's MissionApex ministry has a thriving produce co-op that delivers fresh and very affordable produce to a local community we serve. This ministry is made possible by the subsidized funding donated by several BFG classes and backed by the missions committee. The ministry costs $350/month. Ways you can help:

  • Volunteer as often as you'd like to sort and pack produce for delivery in Apex every other Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 am or 11:30 am if assisting with delivery. If interested, please contact Tricia.
  • Sponsor a month with your small group or donate to the produce ministry. Donations of any amount can be made by check or cash to Salem Baptist Church with the memo designated "West Haven Ministries Produce", or online by selecting "West Haven Ministries" from the drop down menu and adding "Produce Co-op" to the optional memo. 

E3 Ministry in Durham

We have the opportunity to support former Salem member Rodger Shull's ministry through E3 partners, an international church planting organization that also serves locally. In partnership with SEBTS, Rodger serves in RDU, specifically in the Rochelle neighborhood of East Durham. His goal is to increase the number of people in that area saying they know Jesus. Ways you can help:

  • Pray. If we are not praying and abiding in Christ, our human efforts fall flat
  • Volunteers needed for childcare during Bible club
  • Men needed for mentoring/discipling

Contact Rodger for information on how to get involved.

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