Volunteer

 
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
 
We serve because we have been served in the greatest way by our Lord Jesus Christ. This frees us to serve joyfully, not for personal gain, but to glorify God and work for the flourishing of others. Look below at the many opportunities there are to serve at High Pointe and contact the designated point person if you’re interested.
Please note that all volunteer positions are for High Pointe members only. Some of the volunteer positions require you be a member for 6 months before serving.

Ways to Volunteer

Children’s Ministry

Please note: All children’s workers must complete High Pointe’s Child Protection screening process prior to serving. This includes a 6 month membership minimum, a background check, and our one hour child protection training.
  • Sunday Morning Nursery Worker: Currently, we need 2 two-year old workers and 2 baby room workers. If interested, email Erin Wyman.
  • Sunday Evening Nursery Worker: We need 3 new Sunday evening nursery workers. This volunteer position is monthly. If interested, email Erin Wyman.
  • Nursery Floater: To maintain proper ratios, sometimes we need to bring in an extra Nursery worker to help. We call these “floaters.” Floaters only serve 3-4 times per year. If interested, email Erin Wyman.
  • KidsPointe Teacher: We need 1 KidsPointe Teacher. Would you be interested in teaching the Bible to kids during morning worship? If interested, email Erin Wyman.
  • AWANA Volunteer: We are currently seeking AWANA Leaders for the upcoming school year. Please consider joining this ministry opportunity to serve the children of High Pointe and their families. You can help children learn to hide God’s word in their hearts and learn more about the gospel! Please contact Travis Gilbert at awana@highpointeaustin.org for more information. All volunteers must complete High Pointe’s child protection screening process prior to serving. See Erin Wyman to get started.
 

High Pointe ESL Team Seeking Volunteers

The High Pointe ESL (English as a Second Language) team is seeking volunteers who are interested in tutoring adult learners in English. We have students ready and waiting for tutoring. Can you speak and read English? Then you are qualified to help an individual improve his or her English skills. This year, High Pointe will pilot a tutoring program in which you or your family will be matched with a student who you can meet with at a time and place that works with your schedule. Tutor training and support will be provided. For more information, please contact Sheri or Cindy.
 

High Pointe Baptist Church ESL Tutoring Program

Frequently Asked Questions

– Why tutoring instead of an ESL class?
There are a number of benefits to the tutoring model. First, it allows for flexibility in scheduling and frequency, which may allow more High Pointe members to be involved. Second, it allows the tutor to individualize instruction to meet the particular language and life needs of each student. And most importantly, it opens the door for relationship-building, evangelizing, and/or discipling on a deeper level than is possible in a class setting.
 
– Don’t I need to speak another language to teach English?

No, the only requirements for being an ESL tutor is that you speak English and have a heart for helping an immigrant improve his/her English skills. Your main job will be to give your student practice using English.

 
– Who will I be tutoring?

You will be matched with an adult from another country who has expressed interest in improving his or her English language skills. You will tutor a person of the same gender as you are (men with men, women with women). Our waiting students are from a variety of language backgrounds (mostly Spanish), are at a range of English levels, and have a variety of language-learning needs. The vast majority of students are highly motivated to learn English and are very appreciative of our help.

 
– When and where will I meet with my student?
You can meet at a time and place that is convenient for you and your student. We will match you with a student whose availability works with your schedule. You can meet at the church when the church building is open or at any other public place. We only ask that you don’t meet in a private home. We will arrange an initial meeting where you will meet the student, decide on a regular meeting time and place, and learn more about his or her needs.
 
– What is the time commitment?
It’s up to you to determine the frequency and length of your tutoring sessions, but we recommend that you try to meet with your student at least once a week for about an hour. Some of our tutors meet with their students every other week for 1.5 to 2 hours. You may also spend some time planning for your tutoring sessions. Depending on your student’s needs, this should not take more than hour each time.
 
– I don’t have any experience teaching English. Will I receive training?
Yes, we provide initial and ongoing training and support. Once you commit to tutoring a student, we will schedule an initial 2-hour training session where you will receive an introduction to ESL tutoring. Once you are matched with a student and begin meeting with that student, you will have a variety of resources to support your work with the student, including regular communication with our trainer. We will also offer optional follow-up training sessions on a regular basis.
 

– I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

Sheri Montano is the main point of contact. Feel free to e-mail her at sherimontano@gmail.com or call her at 512.914.2859.

 

Church Library

Library worker: We need people who are willing to serve our High Pointe family by helping patrons of our church library. It will only take a few minutes for us to train you how to help people find, check out, and check in materials. Email Julie Giles or call her at (512) 733-0963.
 

Media Team

Media Team Volunteers: We are in need of volunteers for lights, sound board, and slides for the media team. If interested, please email Marshall Canales.
 

Safety Team

Safety Team Volunteers: We are in need of men who are willing to lead, protect, and provide a safe worship environment for our church family and congregation. If you’re interested in serving on the team, email Robert Baldwin for more information.
 

Building Lock Up Team

Building Lock Up Volunteers: Men are needed to secure the building after both morning and evening services. Securing the building requires no more than 15-20 minutes to turn off lights, lock interior/exterior doors, and arm the system prior to exiting the building. If interested, please email Laywon Boatner or call him at 405-219-1709.
 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Can You Speak Another Language?: An attempt to be well equipped to serve visitors to High Pointe we realized it would be beneficial to have on file which of our members can speak different languages. If you can speak another language other than English and Spanish please email Marshall Canales. In your email please state which language(s) you know and describe your level of fluency under one of these three categories (Basic, Conversational, Fluent).
  • Pflugerville Pregnancy Resource Center Volunteers: Volunteers work with clients at PfPRC. We are seeking six dedicated women who are willing to volunteer at least once a week (M-F) for four to six hours at a time. Interested candidates can visit the PfPRC website for more information and complete the volunteer application. If anyone has any questions, they can contact Brittany.
  • Mentor a Dessau Middle School Student: We’ve connected with Dessau Middle School to mentor students in a program we call “Pointes of Light.” Are you interested in mentoring a middle school student? If so, contact Nancy Benson ASAP for info and an application. If you’ve been a mentor before, you should have received an email from Carolyn LaTouf with instructions updating your application.