We care sacrificially inside and outside of the church

We are all called to serve in one way or another. Within the church, within one of the communities we reach, or alongside one of our local ministry partners, there are countless chances to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to share the gospel in powerful ways. But with so many opportunities, do you find it difficult to know where to even start looking? At CityRise, we want to help you serve others by helping you find your spot!

Ask yourself which area of need or place you feel drawn to serve. Then, look at the options below. Expand each one to discover opportunities, organizations, and ways to sign up so you can find your spot in serving Jesus by serving others.

Find YOUR SPOT and Who You Will Serve

Serving the church is one of the most immediate places to find your spot!

Is there an area of ministry you have a passion for? Do you have great people or tech skills? Our campuses are always looking for volunteers in some of the following areas:

• Hospitality (e.g., greeters, ushers)
• Audio/Visual (e.g., lights, ProPresenter slides)
• Children's ministry
• Adult Community Groups

And there are others. Interested? Let us know! Complete our Volunteer Interest Form by clicking below, and someone will be in touch with you!

NOTE: Areas listed on the form might not have service opportunities at this time.
AGAPE DEVELOPMENT MINISTRIES
Agape Development Ministries is transforming its neighborhood by preparing Christ-following, independent, community leaders.

Opportunities include
• Being a Backyard Bible Club Reading Assistant
• Providing childcare while parents attend Agape programs
• Being a Teen Program Assistant

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete the volunteer interest form. This will give you more information about your area of interest and allow you to receive information about the most current opportunities.


FOSTERING FAMILY
Fostering Family exists to strengthen foster and kinship families and the communities that surround them.

Opportunities include
• Being an approved foster babysitter for foster families in our church (training required)
• Meeting needs for families in our area to assist in keeping kids in their home

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete our Contact Us form, select the option to talk about "MY SPOT," and tell us your area of interest in Fostering Family.


HOUSTON WELCOMES REFUGEES
Houston Welcomes Refugees' mission is to help ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, fostering hope amidst crisis.

Opportunities include
• Serving on a Welcome Team
• Assisting on a Move In Team
• Providing Welcome Kits for Children so they will be ready for school

How to find YOUR SPOT: Attend an online Houston Welcomes Refugees Orientation.


PROJECT ONE DAY
Project One Day is a faith-based childcare cooperative for single parents in need.

Opportunities include
• Working in the classroom with children
• Helping with book and toy drives
• Providing skilled construction labor for various projects

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete the volunteer interest form. This will give you more information about your area of interest and allow you to receive information about the most current opportunities.


SCHOOLS // ELEMENTARY // SHEARN ELEMENTARY
CityRise & Shearn Elementary are working together to provide a positive impact on at-risk children by empowering and deploying one of the church's greatest resources: its members.

Opportunities include
• Tutoring in reading and/or math once a week
• Assisting with teacher appreciation events quarterly

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete our Contact Us form, select the option to talk about "MY SPOT," and tell us your area of interest with helping at Shearn Elementary.


SCHOOLS // MIDDLE // MISSOURI CITY & STAFFORD
CityRise helps provide supplies and food for students in need through the Cougar Den (at Missouri City Middle School) and the Spartan Spot (at Stafford Middle School).

Opportunities include
• Staffing the Cougar’s Den and Spartan Spot on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:30a – 1:30p

How to find YOUR SPOT: Click here to sign up.

ATTACK POVERTY
Attack Poverty hosts a food distribution at CityRise Missouri City to serve our neighbors every Thursday.

Opportunities include
• Handing out food on Thursday mornings between 10-11a
• Praying with those who stop by to pick up food

How to find YOUR SPOT: Click here to sign up.


CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER
The Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) serves our neighbors who are facing hunger and food insecurity.

Opportunities include
• Donating food at our bi-monthly collections at Crosspoint Church - Bellaire or dropping food off at a CCSC location any time.
• Helping in the community garden that provides fresh fruit and vegetables to the CCSC food pantry.

How to find YOUR SPOT: Check back in periodically for info on the next Food Drive (typically paired with our Blood Drive) or subscribe to our general weekly and monthly newsletters to stay up-to-date! You can also click here for information about what CCSC needs.

To serve in the Community Garden, find the CCSC's Volunteer Interest Form on this page here.
AGAPE DEVELOPMENT MINISTRIES
Agape Development Ministries is transforming its neighborhood by preparing Christ-following, independent, community leaders.

Opportunities include
• Leading a small group Bible study for teens
• Providing childcare while parents attend Agape at Work
• Hosting an Agape at Work graduation party (food, decorations, graduation bags, etc.)

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete the volunteer interest form. This will give you more information about your area of interest and allow you to receive information about the most current opportunities.


AMERICAN CHINESE FELLOWSHIP
The American Chinese Fellowship (ACF) gives Chinese visiting scholars the opportunity to meet Americans, learn about our culture and our joy in a friendly environment.

Opportunities include
• Attending Friday night fellowships and interact with the attendees over dinner

How to find YOUR SPOT: Visit the ACF website to find out when the next meeting is and then come for dinner!


FREEDOM CHURCH ALLIANCE
The Freedom Church Alliance (FCA) exists to engage the Church and frontline organizations as a unified, collaborative body to make a greater impact in the anti-human trafficking movement throughout the Greater Houston Area.

Opportunities include
• Serving with one of the many FCA partner organizations by bringing food, mentoring, teaching, doing outreach, praying and many more opportunities
• Making a GO BAG—GoBags are used by FBI, HPD and Harris Co Sheriff's Office when interacting with trafficking victims. Bags can be picked up and returned at the Welcome Desk on all campuses.

How to find YOUR SPOT: Attend an online Freedom Church Alliance Orientation. Click here to sign up to be notified of the next orientation or complete the Find Your Place to Volunteer online survey to see which organization best meets your skills and passion.


HOUSTON WELCOMES REFUGEES
Houston Welcomes Refugees' mission is to help ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, fostering hope amidst crisis.

Opportunities include
• Serving on a Welcome Team

How to find YOUR SPOT: Attend an online Houston Welcomes Refugees Orientation.


INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP
The world has come to Houston! Through the International Friendship Ministry you could be the difference maker in their life.

Opportunities include
• Teaching or assisting in an English as a Second Language Class
• “Adopting” an ESL student or visiting scholar who has never been in an American home

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete our Contact Us form, select the option to talk about "MY SPOT," and tell us your area of interest with helping with International Friendship.


STCH MINISTRIES
South Texas Children's Home (STCH) Ministries Faith & Work and Faith & Finances guide people to discover God’s purpose. All classes are provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay for them.

Opportunities include
• Leading a Faith & Work or Faith & Finances class to teach people to discover God’s purpose for their lives and how to fulfill that purpose through their work and finances

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete the volunteer interest form and choose Faith & Work or Faith & Finances. This will give you more information about training and allow you to receive information about the most current opportunities.
CASA EL BUEN SAMARITANO
Casa El Buen Samaritano is a free medical clinic that provides treatment to the low-income and uninsured population in our city.

Opportunities include
• Serving one night a month as a clinic health care provider (doctors, nurses, etc.)
• Providing administrative support (greeting, data entry, etc.)

How to find YOUR SPOT: Sign up to take a tour of Casa and find out the best spot for you.


MERCY HOUSE MINISTRIES
Mercy House Ministries demonstrates God’s love by housing and assisting those traveling to Houston for medical care.

Opportunities include
• Making a garage apartment or spare bedroom available to house a patient and their caregiver
• Serving as a Mercy House coordinator at one of the dedicated Mercy Houses (e.g. greeting guests, cleaning between guests, ensuring the house is ready for guests, etc.)
• Providing rides or running errands for guests

How to find YOUR SPOT: Complete our Contact Us form, select the option to talk about "MY SPOT," and tell us your area of interest with helping with Mercy House Ministries.


GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER
The Blood Center provides blood to area hospitals to help save and sustain lives.

Opportunities include
• Donating whole blood or platelets

How to find YOUR SPOT: Blood drives are held at our Crosspoint Church - Bellaire campus every two months. Check back in periodically for upcoming dates (typically paired with our Food Drive) and to sign up or subscribe to our general weekly and monthly newsletters to stay up-to-date!

We aim to reach beyond the boundaries of our own community by making contributions of our time and energy to others around the world. To reach the world, we turn to some of our most dedicated leaders who routinely take their time to travel and connect with members of those communities. Routine trips help us cultivate global relationships and expand our network to those who need and may need our support in the future.

Here are some of the countries and cities we visit!
• Honduras
• Belize
• Latvia
• Dominican Republic
• Kenya
• Ecuador
• Thailand

If you’re interested in being part of our global missions, visit our Global Missions page to learn more and even submit an application!*

*Pending availability

Blood Drive & Food Drive

Crosspoint Church-Bellaire
November 11 & 12, 2022
9a-1:30p

Donate a pint and save a life! Donate food and feed a family!

Needed Food Items

Blood donation signups coming soon

Math & Reading Tutors for Shearn Elementary

There are 4th & 5th graders at Shearn Elementary who are not performing at grade level. Will you help?

It doesn't take much time, and the students look forward to these visits and the positivity they bring.

Tutoring occurs during the school year months.
Be a Tutor!

Food Distribution with Attack Poverty

Every Thursday
at CityRise Missouri City
10-11:30a

Help our friends and neighbors in Missouri City by distributing food provided by Attack Poverty
Sign up today!

Community Ministries Partners

Agape Development Ministries is transforming its neighborhood by preparing Christ-following, independent, community leaders. All of Agape's staff live in the community and reach their neighbors through personal relationship and a variety of programs. Through following Jesus, listening to the community, creating opportunities, and empowering the community, Agape seeks the shalom of the city. There are many volunteer opportunities! Click here here for more information.
The American Chinese Fellowship started in 1996 at WUBC to give Chinese visiting scholars the opportunity to meet Americans, learn about our culture and our joy in a friendly environment. Led by Dr. Joshua Tao, ACF meets for cultural programs every Friday. Dr. Tao also leads a program on Sundays and study in Chinese and English is offered as well. Volunteers are needed to attend the Friday night meetings and interact with the attendees.
Attack Poverty's vision is to empower people to attack poverty in their life and community by strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs.
Casa El Buen Samaritano is a free medical clinic that provides treatment to the low-income and uninsured population in our city. Casa’s volunteers share the love of Jesus Christ while providing a unique, integrated approach to ministry: whole-person healthcare, that is, care for the body, soul, and spirit. Volunteering at Casa El Buen Samaritano is an opportunity to be a part of the excitement of changing the world for eternity one patient at a time. We offer diverse volunteer opportunities including administrative support, childcare, cleaning, clinical providers, data entry, ESL teachers, graphics, audio and visual arts, IT support, special events support, and translation.
The Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) serves our neighbors who are facing hunger and food insecurity. Opportunities include working in the food pantry and helping out in the community garden.
Freedom Church Alliance exists to engage the Church and front line organizations as a unified, collaborative body to make a greater impact in the anti-human trafficking movement throughout the Greater Houston Area.
Fostering Family exists to strengthen foster and kinship families and the communities that surround them.

Fostering Family site
Fostering Family resources for families interested in fostering
Gospel Lakes Ranch builds bridges between underprivileged children and the local church. Their ministry goals are to evangelize children with the gospel of Christ, disciple them in the word of God, help establish them in the local church, and assist inner-city ministries and churches in reaching out to their communities.
For over 20 years, Hope For Youth has provided programming designed to give Houston’s urban youth a fighting chance for a better future, through healthy relationships with Christian mentors and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Through outreach events, small group mentoring, college prep classes, and summer camps, Hope For Youth is able to serve urban youth regardless of where or how often they move in Houston. The goal of these programs is to reach youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple them in their spiritual growth, and prepare them academically and socially for life beyond their present circumstances. Teens aged 11-19 attend Friday Night Live, held typically on the first Friday of every month, where volunteers are needed to transport youth, facilitate small group bible study, set up registration, and serve food.
Houston Welcomes Refugees' mission is to help ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, fostering hope amidst crisis. HWR helps refugee families by providing Welcome Kits that help make their apartments move-in ready as well as connect them with a Welcome Team Mentor.
The world has come to Houston! International Friendship English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are great opportunities to deploy into ministry by reaching out to internationals right here at West U Baptist and Crosspoint Church-Bellaire. There's always room for friendly faces to teach classes on Wednesdays or to “adopt” a student who has no contact with an American home. You could be the difference maker in their life.
Mercy House Ministries demonstrates God’s love by housing and assisting those traveling to Houston for medical care. This ministry provides donation based housing for patients and family members who live out of the area. In order to make a house a home, Mercy House needs your help. Volunteer opportunities include transportation, home repairs, house cleaning, preparing and delivering meals, fellowship, sightseeing, Bible study, hospital visitation, nights out, and one-on-one prayer.
Project One Day is a faith-based child care cooperative for single parents in need.

POD’s pilot, The One School: A Single Parent Cooperative, is designed to generate free, faith based, highest quality child care for infants and toddlers of low-income single parents. POD will train parents to supplement teachers to lower cost and increase quality of care. Parents who volunteer one day per week at The One School alongside their child’s experienced educator receive 44 hours of free child care to facilitate work or education.

For more about Project One Day, visit their website.
CityRise & Shearn Elementary are working together to provide a positive impact on at-risk children by empowering and deploying one of the church's greatest resources: its members. Current opportunities include reading with a student once per week and helping with teacher appreciation events. Other projects will come up during the year.
CityRise is working together with Missouri City Middle School and Stafford Middle School to provide a positive impact on at-risk children by empowering and deploying one of the church's greatest resources: its members. Current opportunities include serving at the Cougar's Den (at MCMS) and the Spartan Spot (at SMS). Other projects will come up during the year.
STCH Ministries offers hope and direction for an individual, couple, or family when they need help sorting through the challenges of life. STCH's staff of full-time therapists are professionally trained and offer confidential counseling that is clinically excellent and distinctively Christian.

Although clients are encouraged to give donations to support this ministry, there is no fee for counseling services.

STCH Family Counseling's professional therapists offer guidance in the following areas (both male and female therapists are available):

Family issues
Marital relationships
Parenting challenges
Childhood or adolescent struggles
Conflict resolution
Anger, depression, and grief
Flood-related stress


There are locations across the Houston area. For an appointment, call 346-214-5020
South Texas Children's Home Ministries offers two programs.

Faith & Work guides people to discover God's purpose for their lives and how to fulfill that purpose through their work. Participants are provided with the tools to achieve their full potential to become confident in their ability to succeed at work, become leaders, and influence their work environments.

Faith & Finances teaches that God's plan for your money might be larger than yours! Biblical principles about money come alive in this highly interactive course as students are equipped to conquer the "Battle of the Budget." Classes are open to individuals, families, and youth.

Volunteers are needed to lead classes, mentor, speak, provide meals, and assist in developing relationships with community businesses to provide job opportunities for "Faith & Work" graduates.

Meet the Community Ministries Team

Kathleen Yarborough
Community Ministries Director
Jaime Obando
Community Ministries Associate Director