By Pastor Tim
I want to update you on ministries that have looked different this year. We are planning to open some ministries, and they can open as soon as we can recruit and schedule the volunteers.
- Nursery: needs 6 volunteers willing to serve about 1/month
- Beginner’s Church: needs 2 volunteers willing to serve about 1/month
- Awana: needs 30 more volunteers willing to serve at different capacities. As we look to restart this ministry for the school year, volunteers are needed for all age groups from nursery to Cubbies (preschool) to Sparks (K-2nd) and T&T (3rd-6th). To learn more about the opportunities to serve in Awana, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to recruit volunteers, the leaders of these ministries will be reaching out to recruit. When they email or text or call you, show them Christian kindness by replying, answering the phone, or calling them back.
If you know that you would like to volunteer or are interested in learning more, you don’t have to wait to be contacted. You can indicate your interest by completing the Serving Interest card at the Welcome Center.
Why Volunteer to Serve
Galatians 5:13 : For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
- God has saved many of us from slavery to sin and death. We are free! But he has not freed us so that we can please ourselves. He has freed us so that we can turn his love for us into love for each other that bears the fruit of serving each other.
1 Peter 4:10 : As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
- If you have been saved by God, he has given you a gift. And that gift isn’t for your own benefit, but for the benefit of the church. Don’t restrict your thoughts to a too narrow view of gift. Surely God has given you many gifts and some are rather general like good health and available time. God’s word is clear: use any gifts that he has given you to serve one another.
Romans 12:11 : Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
- When you and I are slothful in our zeal for God, we ought to repent. What does fervent in spirit look like? Service to the Lord, loving God and people with our actions.
Matthew 20:25–28 : 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- We might be tempted to think that serving young children or helping make and clean up coffee is beneath us. We might not want to admit it, but we think that we’re more important than that. Jesus says to us, “Whoever would be important among us, must humble himself and serve like he did.”
Brothers and sisters, God’s word is so clear. God set his love upon us and saved us not to give us a life of comfort, where we live to please ourselves. He set his love upon us to broadcast his great love by serving one another.