The Challenge: Recruiting Volunteers for serving in all areas of the church.
The Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:20 – 26.
The Point: Believers all belong to a greater unit; the body of Christ. We all have been given spiritual gifts.We are to all lend our gifts to the Church, so that together we can carry the load of ministry. One should never feel insignificant, God wants you to exercise the gifts he has given you to do the work of the Church.
The Analogy: Paul used the human body and it’s parts to describe the body of the church, and the human parts it takes to do the work. In a letter to the people of Corinth, he stresses how each part of the body is important and that it works with the other to be effective. To paraphrase:
- The eye can not say to the hand “I have no need of you, or again the head to the feet “I have no need of you”. On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor…so that there may be no division in the body but that the members may have the same care for one another.
I recently heard Pastor Trent Dollyhigh (Lanier Hills Church-North Campus; Gainesville GA) use this scripture and Paul’s analogy to recruit volunteers to serve in the church. His bottom line point was that we, as members of the Church should not think that because we can’t sing well enough to be in the choir, or are not educated enough to teach a Bible Study, that there is not a place for us. In fact, he stressed that the Executive Pastor or the Finance Chairman is no more important than the Door Greeter or the Nursery worker. ALL are needed… to work together…and none can be effective without the other.
To illustrate not only how the parts of the body work together in the church and in humans, he used Mr PotatoHead as a visual aid. How easy it was to see that without all the parts, he was just a potato. But when the eyes were added, he still was not 100% effective because there were no hands to carry the load. The ears were added, but without the feet, he could not “go out”. When all of the body parts were “Recruited”, they formed a whole, and the whole could be a 100% functioning body.
Thank you God for gifting me to be a part of a whole, Thank you Paul for explaining how my small part is just as important as other parts, Thank you Trent for your simplistic visual that reminded me that I’m a part of something larger, and Thank you Mr Potato Head for allowing us to see you stripped, bare and vulnerable before we saw you as the whole. Don’t we all feel like that sometimes?
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Blessed with the gift of gab and hospitality, Bev served as a staff member for a fast-growing church for almost a decade. Discovering her talent for helping people step out of their comfort zone, she began recruiting volunteers to serve in Children’s Ministry. As the church grew, her focus became the influx of visitors and the need to make sure they didn’t get lost in the growth. For this, she developed a full team of trained volunteers to create the “WOW, from the Street to the Seat”. Her success with this program lead to speaking engagements at churches across North Georgia, prompting a string of WOW experiences! Now, as Marketing Manager for Displayit at Church, she loves sharing her tips, tricks and ideas, that can make a real difference. “We’re all on the same team, the Jesus team. Let’s work together for the greater good!”