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It’s All About Serving

August 5, 2013

“Church membership from a biblical perspective, however, is about servanthood. It’s about giving. It’s about putting others first.”[1]

Many pastors struggle with getting church members to serve. For some reason, many church members feel their weekly contributions are to support the pastor, who is being the servant, and it gets them off the hook for the work. This leads to overworked pastors who are stressed as they try to take care of everything and motivate others to step up and help. Every church member is called to serve! A healthy church starts with a church full of servants.

Jesus led by being a servant first. He is the example for others to follow. His disciples followed suit. They cared for the widows and homeless. They shared joy in prison dungeons. They worshiped God as they were on abandoned islands. They gave everything they had to follow Jesus, and in following Jesus they served others.

Are you serving others? When was the last time you visited someone in the hospital? Have you shared a meal with a stranger who was in need? How about passing out bottles of water to strangers in the heat of the summer, have you done that lately? At some point in life we all fail in this area. Just get up and do something.

If you have no idea where to start, ask your church staff or pastor where they need your help. They may ask what you are skilled or gifted at so they can find the right fit for you. I am sure you will find they have more than enough things for you to do in the service of Christ. So, start being an active AND serving member of your church. Get in action today!

[1] Thom S. Rainer. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013. 39

  1. Mandy McLean permalink

    Wouldn’t the world be a better place if all the people were out serving somewhere?

    • A good start would be if half the people were out serving. Very few people in churches serve. A sad commentary. If we find our niche and serve there it would be rewarding and not a chore.

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