Stephanie Judd writes about aligning Christian service ministries with the personal narrative of individual Christians.
The church is not a sausage factory. It’s a dynamic, diverse group of people that God has brought together in Christ. That’s what makes the church so amazing. But what this means is that to see people really fly as volunteers, leaders of churches need to resist the urge to be more concerned with filling gaps in rosters than they are about helping people serve in a way that aligns with their personal narrative. We need to sit down with people and ask the following questions:
- What does it look like for you to live faithfully and courageously for Christ this year?
- What excites you?
- What energises you?
- What are you passionate about?
- What ministry sparks your interest? Why?
- What do you want to get out of serving?
- What are your present commitments and what do they demand from you?
Asking these questions can tell you a lot about a person. Not only is it going to give you a good idea of what role is going to see them thrive and be a source of ongoing joy and motivation, it also gives you a touch-point to come back to. Six months down the track in enables you to say: ‘At the beginning of the year you told me that you wanted to join the welcome team to connect with more people at church. Is that happening for you?’
Read the whole post at Gospel Coalition Australia.