It was an innocent question.
During a business meeting one night, a congregant was studying the church’s budget. Seeing entries for children’s ministry, youth ministry, and women’s ministry, he noticed nothing similar for men. So, he asked, “Why is there no money for men’s ministry?”
The answer – one that likely applies to numerous ministries in churches all around the globe – was this, “We used to, BUT…no one has volunteered to lead it recently.” It was an honest question, met with a painfully honest answer.
We all want to be part of a church that offers an array of ministries, and rightly so. Yet it seems what we really want is to be a recipient from those ministries more than to be contributors to them. The result – ministries shut down from a lack of worker bees. Shortly thereafter, entire churches may close their doors too.
Here are a couple of truths to bear in mind. First, the church staff’s role is not to perform all the work themselves. Instead, they are to equip you and me to serve (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Next – and this is a bit of a secret, so “shhhh,” don’t tell anyone – but serving in a ministry is actually far more fun and rewarding than simply receiving from that ministry. Teaching a class is more rewarding than simply attending. Being a human jungle gym for preschoolers to climb over is much more memorable than dropping kids off for someone else to watch. Helping to paint the sanctuary is more gratifying than admiring the work of others. You get the idea. We find real life…satisfying life…when we give ourselves away in service.
Do you want your church to have a healthy offering of ministries? Do you want to find real satisfaction in this world? Then become a contributor as well as a recipient! You won’t regret it! –Dave
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)
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