Monday, November 13, 2006

What does the Bible say about volunteers

Romans 12:4-8 says that we are all part of one body. Each of us has an important role in the body of Christ. "We have different gifts according to the grace given us." (Romans 12:6) How can I work with the leaders and servants in the church to determine what gifts they have and how they can be used in the church? It is so easy to think that as the director of a Children's Ministry that I must do everything for the children. Ephesians 4:12 says that the leaders in the church, the apostles, phophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are to "prepare God's people for works of service". My job is not to be in charge of everything and have my hands in everything, but to train up leaders - to train up disciples to go and serve and to make more disciples.

At our church, we are always trying to fill spots. We need to focus on trainging disciples for the service that God has intended them for. God has chosen each one of us according to His purpose and has given us a gift. We need to focus on
seeking out that gift in our church members and as leaders equipping and empowering them to use that gift. If God desires each of us to be using the gift he gave us, this will create succesful, thriving ministries.

We need to be working together. If we are the body, how can we be so seperated and focused on ourselves. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it." Are we really at our best when every ministry is trying to survive on its own and make ends meat by just getting the volunteerst they need to skate on by? How much more succesful would our ministries be if we worked together, pooled our resources and found the right fit for each person?

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