Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
How Important are Serving and Outreach to You?By Evan Nehring
Opportunity to Serve and Lead
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
Like I mentioned in the matrix instructions, a church with a weakness is not necessarily a bad thing. It may be an opportunity to make a difference. Expect some screening with church ministries. That’s a good thing. Throwing the first warm body into a leadership role isn’t the recipe for success. Be willing to attend some meetings and training. Get plugged in socially in the church so there’s relational trust.
On the other hand, there’s a point where screening and training become the inquisition. It can feel like you’re sitting alone in a dark room with a low hanging light pointed in your face as intense captors sling accusatory questions one after another. It’s not easy, on the church side, walking through baggage to get the right people into the right ministries. We need God’s grace!
Consider, “Do I have a sense that I can plug in and serve here?” or “Could I make a difference in helping people find their service niche here?”
Outreach and Missions: It's Not All About Us
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:36-38)
When I was a college student in Minneapolis, I connected with a small community center church in the Luxton Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. The pastor was African, like from-Africa African, and the handful of people who attended were poor. Amos from Brooklyn would come and play drums. I brought my bass and sometimes Sheri, my older sister, would play keyboards. It was a blast!
I would go down to the community center in the evenings to shoot hoops and connect with some local teens. One winter night, I went over there and hung out with a pile of black kids, elementary age. I remember this crazy snowball fight and them all tackling me by those park lights. It was magical.
I’m looking for a church where lost people are as close as a snowy mitten facewash. I’m asking, “Is this church ready to get out where real people are?” and “Can I help take them there?”
Comments Are Always Welcome...
Are you the active type who wants to plug in and get busy making a difference? Do you feel you're contributing effectively where you are? Does your church reach out beyond the four walls?