Did You Know?
- Ridgecrest was founded in 1907, more than 100 years ago.
- Since 1999, over 8,000 people have accepted Christ or made other spiritual decisions while visiting Ridgecrest.
For much of Ridgecrest's history, men and women of God have brought an incredible heart and passion to Ridgecrest's volunteer ministry. Bringing a cheerful smile and helping hands to the various hospitality needs on Ridgecrest's campus, these volunteers have left a lasting impression on literally millions of guests.
Volunteers are key to Ridgecrest being able to effectively serve our guests. Ridgecrest invites you to prayerfully consider investing a small portion of your life to this highly effective ministry.
Who Can Apply?
Persons with an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus Christ who have a servant's heart and desire to make a significant difference in other's lives. While many of Ridgecrest's volunteers are retired persons, many young people serve each year as well. The minimum age is eighteen.
How Long Would I Serve?
Volunteers can make commitments based on the amount of time they have available. Many volunteers choose to commit two to three months or more.
Volunteers are to arrive on Sunday and are asked to serve a minimum of 2 weeks. New volunteer orientation is on Monday morning. Returning volunteer service time will begin on Monday. Your room or RV site will be available on Sunday no later than 4:00pm. On your departure day, check-out time is 10:00am.
We welcome and are in need of local volunteers. Can you commit 1 or 2 days a week or a month to serve in your community?
Volunteers serve approximately 35 hours per week, based on conference center needs. A request to work in a particular area is considered when possible. The last day of service will be 1 day before departure date (preferably a Sunday).
- Please note that some work areas may require a split shift schedule.
- Many work assignments require working late-night hours.
Do You Provide Housing?
Ridgecrest offers both traditional conference housing and full hook-up campsites for travel trailers or RVs (housing and campsite availability is limited). The hotel-style rooms include a fridge, microwave, phone, coffeemaker and linens. There is a laundry room available for your use.
What About Meals?
When we are serving guests in the Dining Hall, meals are provided for volunteers. Lunch is provided (Monday-Saturday) throughout the year whenever 10 or more volunteers are on campus.
What Exactly Would I Do?
Volunteers would assist in a number of ministries including:
- FOOD SERVICE & FOOD OUTLETS
These service areas play a major role in the overall ministry. While guests are fed spiritually in classes and worship services, it is the fellowship provided at the Rhododendron Dining Room, Nibble Nook and Clouds that rounds out the overall experience. Volunteers assisting in these areas will likely be preparing food, baking, hosting, running registers, serving food, etc.
- HOSPITALITY AND GUEST RELATIONS
Volunteers have many opportunities for guest interaction as they serve on the "front lines." You may be greeting on arrival days, driving the trams, or selling Ridgecrest merchandise in our retail shop. These areas will give you the opportunity to provide an excellent experience for those on campus.
- FACILITY MAINTENANCE
Our purpose is to provide a clean, safe, healthy and well-maintained facility that aids in accomplishing our mission. Opportunities include maintenance, carpentry, painting, landscaping and much more based on your skill set. In addition, we schedule groups to come help with special projects throughout the year. Much of this work is behind the scenes but is critical to the success of the ministry.
"The thing that stands out in my mind as a volunteer is how we all work together to accomplish whatever needs to be done. You can feel a love and a bond there that is hard to put into words. I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him at Ridgecrest."
"I can't get Ridgecrest off my mind. The volunteer work that I did can only be measured in millimeters. The blessings that I received while I was there cannot be numbered. Thank you for the most enriching spiritual two weeks that I have had in quite some time."
"The blessings I received as a volunteer way exceeds my small contributions."
"We really enjoyed our month of volunteering and thank God for the lasting friendships we have made."
"This stay has been a blessing in so many ways. The other precious volunteers here went out of their way to be a blessing to us. May God continue to bless and prosper Ridgecrest. We will keep Ridgecrest in our prayers and our hearts!"
"Wish our time could have been longer. Maybe next time. This was our first time to volunteer, and we have truly received a blessing. I hope we have been a blessing to all those we came in contact with. We have enjoyed our two weeks. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks."
"Thanks for a great two weeks, we hated to leave. We had such a great time - met so many wonderful people, experienced the Lord in a different way and were just so pleased that we were led there. Thanks so much for making our first volunteer experience a great one! I do hope and pray that we will be able to return this year."
Application and Selection Process
To request a printed application call 828-669-3589. The New Volunteer Application is online at the link below. If you are a returning volunteer, please email or call Chris Fenske to set up your next service time. Both new and returning volunteers will receive an email that will guide you through your background check.
For More Information Contact:
LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
Volunteer Ministry Coordinator
P.O. Box 128 Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Phone: (828) 669-3589