The Real Heroes of the Olympic Games

Who are the most important people at the Olympics? Most of us would probably say the athletes. After all, without the athletes, there *are* no Olympics. But there’s another group that probably deserves that title. At the Olympic Games, they’re often described as the “heroes”, the “core”, the “lifeblood.” But we don’t see them much on TV. They’re the thousands of volunteers who help make the Games happen behind-the-scenes. For the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the volunteers number 22,000.

Any idea how many applied? That would be over 91,000 people—from 145 countries.

Olympic Volunteer Jobs

Volunteer jobs at the Olympics range from transport, ticketing, technology, language services and press operations to sports and medical services. What an incredible opportunity—to be a part of the world’s supreme sporting event! Sounds well-worth paying your own way and working long hours for free. After all, it’s only for a few weeks. And it must truly be an amazing experience.

But in our everyday lives, what causes us to step forward and raise our hands? What do we commit to on a regular basis, and why?

At Seacoast, we have nearly 1,800 heroes of our own. They embody the spirit of the church—every day of the year. They are the members of our Dream Team. They do more than volunteer; they serve. As Lisa Graham, a leader of the Dream Team says, “Jesus calls us to follow his example and serve others. At the end of it all, I want him to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ We have a responsibility to further his Kingdom. We want to help people be part of this legacy.”

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Our Dream Team

In the Seacoast parking lot, you’ll run into members of our Dream Team (well, we hope not literally). They’ll make sure you find a good spot quickly and easily. Our Dream Team will greet you at the door and ensure fresh coffee awaits you. If you have questions, our VIP team has the answers. Our safety team makes sure everything is as it should be and ushers are happy to find you a seat. Our Kidscoast Dream Team loves to watch over your children and teach them all about Jesus. Other members of our team serve behind the spotlights and the camera, and at Inside Track. They lead small groups and teach Bible studies and classes on things like dealing with addiction and loss, and handling finances.

Granted, we don’t have a Zamboni for you to drive, but we do have trolleys!

Most people never notice all the ways the Dream Team impacts their weekend, but it is impossible to imagine the weekend experience without them.

The Dream Team is all about helping the ‘The One’. Helping one person find God, grow their faith, discover their purpose, and make a difference,” said Lead Pastor, Josh Surratt. “A person coming to Seacoast for the first time is also looking for the “One”. The one reason to believe they don’t belong here, the one reason they don’t fit in, the one reason that Jesus isn’t real. They will have decided this before the music even starts. Every position on the Dream Team helps small pieces of those initial walls come down.”

“They will have decided this before the music even starts. Every position on the Dream Team helps small pieces of those initial walls come down.”

Pastor Josh Surratt

So no matter where you serve in our church, no matter what role you play, you are a part of one DREAM—and one TEAM working together.

What About You?

As we prepare to launch our newest campus—Seacoast Conway—and we expand our Mount Pleasant campus, we need all the help we can get. It will take a lot of people doing a lot of different things. Learn more about how you can be a part of helping make these dreams a reality.

  • Join the Conway Launch Team: An informational meeting will be held on February 18, at 6:15 pm at the Mount Pleasant campus.
  • We need to double the size of our Mount Pleasant Dream Team before the new building opens! Find out more about the Mount Pleasant Dream Team Launch Team: An information meeting will be held on March 4, at 11:30 am in the Mount Pleasant campus, in the Chapel.

P.S.: Recruitment for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang began in September of 2016. So, if you’re interested in the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, keep an eye out and apply early!