“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Jesus constantly battled the worldly mindset of His followers. They tended to look at life the way their pagan neighbors did. Important people have many people serve them. Jesus turned that mentality upside down. We are not measured by how many people serve us, but by how many we serve. Nonbelievers think, “Serve us!” Christ-followers think, “Service.”
A great goal for every believer is discover two doors of service through which they can walk. One is a door of meaningful service in the church; the other is a door of meaningful service in the community. The first builds up the local church, the Body of Christ. The second puts us into the position to demonstrate the love of Christ in our community.
Think about how serving impacts the church. God has put His church together as a body. In fact, the church is the Body of His Son Jesus Christ. The Body functions as we each act according to the Spirit’s giftedness in our lives. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (I Corinthians 12:7). Gifted in this way, we are supernaturally enabled to minister the grace of God in its various forms to one another in the church. As this occurs we are individually edified. The church becomes stronger because it is composed of stronger believers.
Service in the church takes on many shapes and sizes. Some ministries are very visible; others are virtually hidden, but nonetheless important. Some ministries are done in tandem with other believers; others are more individual. Some ministries require a special talent or giftedness like teaching a Bible class or leading a ministry team. Other areas of service require nothing but a willing heart and a little time.
From my vantage point as senior pastor in our church I see several areas where we continuously need people to volunteer. One that comes to mind is transportation. We have senior adults who cannot attend church on Sundays or activities during the week unless someone drives them to and from the activities. Additionally there are children whose parents do not attend our church. Many times the parents are unable to bring their children to activities, but are willing for the kids to participate. Would you consider volunteering a couple of hours a week to help with transportation needs? Contact Bernie Hargis in the service office at 817-924-4266 or email to email@example.com.
Another important area of service in our church is ministry to children. We have a great variety of opportunities for service with preschoolers and children. Of course Sunday School is the foundation of our ministry to preschoolers and children. Additionally we have weekday ministries to children such as boys’ and girls’ mission organizations, as well as children’s music ministries on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in volunteering with children please contact Scott Eudaley at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like information about working with preschoolers contact Jill Truhett at email@example.com. Our children’s and preschool ministry policies require that all who work with preschoolers and children are subject to a routine background check.
Do you have some spare time during office hours during the week? There are many tasks related to our church ministries that are done by support staff members that could be done by volunteers. Many of these tasks require no special skills; they simply take time. Volunteers are a valuable resource in this regard. If you’d like to help out in this way contact Patsy Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are just a few ways that a door of service in the church makes a great difference. In next week’s blog I’ll write about how we can be salt and light in our community by engaging in service.