To my fellow pastors and ministry leaders. I have a question for you…
Do you love connecting people to new serving opportunities?
Obviously. You wouldn’t be very good at your job if you didn’t.
Here’s a better question for you…
Here’s where it gets tricky.
Often we look forward to having new volunteers sign up for our teams because that means we can accomplish more, we have less holes to fill, we get the job done, etc. But I think that sometimes in our endeavor to accomplish the mission of our teams, it can become all too easy for us to confuse something that is very important: Which one is the means and which one is the end?
We all need the friendly and Biblical reminder that volunteers are not simply the means we use to accomplish an end, such as taking care of the children in our nursery, having a band for the weekend gatherings, or having enough LifeGroup leaders. The job we are trying to accomplish is not simply the task at hand, but it’s the growth of the people with whom God has entrusted us. And so our very ministry teams become the means to an even greater end, namely, seeing the people of God grow into maturity and equipped to use their gifts, so that other Christians around them may be built up into maturity.
Our people have been gifted by God. They have been graced with a beautiful variety of talents. And God’s purpose in doing that is not that our teams would be staffed. Rather our teams are an opportunity for them to grow in their gifts, to learn how to exercise them in humility (Romans 12:3)), to have love (1 Cor 13), to learn discipline and hard work (Colossians 3:23), and as a result minister to one another, helping each other grow into unity and maturity (Eph. 4:12-13).
As ministry team leaders, let us remember that our job is more than managing schedules and plugging in volunteers. Our job is to equip believers, empower them, and see them growing and causing others to grow.
Soli Deo Gloria
1 Peter 4:11