Regardless of the expression and context, the mission of the Church is obvious. It is to make disciples. The local church is the Church in context. It is the Church visible and in action. This means that everything that happens in the local church is important. When local churches are failing the global Church and its mission suffers also. Many people miss out…
Have you ever thought about future packaging of the Bible? Have you ever wondered how generations before us could’ve imagined how the Bible could be packaged and presented?
Good Christ followers read their Bibles. Yes? Despite my access to it, there are times I don’t read it as much, as I would like, or ought to. Terrible things for a Christ follower to be saying in this time in history, right? If there is ever a time Christ followers can’t make excuses for not reading the Bible it is now. The Bible is more portable and accessible than it ever has in all history.
The mission of your church, in a practical sense, depends on volunteers’ involvement. It is how all members engage with the mission of God. It is a practical way for Christ followers to make a difference.
Thus it is important to have others involved. Crafting a message to get volunteers involved is an important part of this. Your volunteer structures could be getting in the way of members getting involved. There are also other reasons volunteers don’t engage with your mission.
The way you ask can be a barrier. This means we need great care in crafting a message to get volunteers involved important. Some thoughts on how to craft a great message to get volunteers involved:
Series have become a norm. Whether it is a small group or teaching series, at some point, churches have these. A sermon or teaching series makes for great source for online content. The challenge is identifying online content from these series.
So, where can you find some of this content from your series?
Here are suggestions:
Church leaders have the great privilege of seeing to the spiritual formation of disciples. This is core to the mission Jesus gave us. One of the aspects of spiritual formation is service.
For service, the many members of the Body have diverse gifts and function. Thus the responsibility of pastors and church leaders is connecting need to people’s gifts and vice versa. It is creating space and opportunities for people to discover and exercise their gifts.
When leaders fail to create such an environment they stunt the growth of those they lead. Pastors and leaders can also rob the communities they serve of healthy churches that meet the needs around them.
Thus service is not only critical for those who serve, but also for those the church ought to reach. This means it is important to create ways for people to contribute both their time and talent in the life of the church. For their good and for the benefit of others as well.
Without volunteers, churches would never be able to fulfil God’s mission in their communities. Serving is critical for growth for both the givers and receivers that results from service.
Skilled volunteers can be some of the most difficult to recruit. Graphic designers, developers and such, can be as scarce as they are needed. Why you don’t have the volunteers you need is not a mystery or a difficult challenge to address.
Besides general scarcity, there are other reasons you might not have the skilled volunteers you need.