Archives For Serving

Recently, my wife and I went through a rollercoaster of emotions as we dealt with many personal health struggles.  While this situation ended well for both of us, and also ended with news that we are expecting another child this fall, it was a long and personal struggle.  Because of the nature of some of it, we chose not to share it with anyone outside of our immediate families.  This meant that the people in our church, including the volunteers that serve with us, thought everything was fine.

I suspect that similar situations happen every day in churches across this country.  Pastors, for personal reasons, choose not to share every little detail of their life with church members and volunteers. 

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Winter is coming. The temperatures are getting colder. Many children have outgrown their coats and sweaters from last year. What to do with those coats?

Why not have a coat-drive and collect new or gently used coats and sweaters and blankets for children and families who need them? There are many children who do not have a nice coat or a coat that is warm enough for the winter months.

A coat drive is great mission project for young children. They can take  leadership roles to collect the coats and sort them out in the collection boxes. They will feel like they are making a difference in the lives of other children and sharing Jesus’ love.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We would like to welcome Joey Espinosa to the Kidmin1124 team.  We are certain that you will find his contributions to be useful and illuminating.  Please take a second to welcome Joey by commenting on this article below.

I work in an after school program with two other people (all of us part-time) and a handful of volunteers. As with most ministries, we are highly dependent on our volunteers to have an impact on the children who come and who want to come.  In fact, we currently have a waiting list due to an insufficient amount of leaders.

Recently, in a discussion about volunteers in our program, someone told me that we need to treat all volunteers the same. According to this logic, because all volunteers give something, they are equally valuable, and should be given parallel responsibilities and privileges.

I disagree!

Volunteers do have equal value, but that’s because value is intrinsically from the God who created us and saved us.

But volunteers are also different. They have:

  • Different strengths,
  • Different levels of responsibility, and
  • Different rewards.

Therefore, they should not all be treated the same.

Different Strengths

Volunteers with unique skills, experiences, and passions should contribute in specific ways. The failure to recognize and act on this principle is one of the biggest mistakes a leader can make. It’s one way that I erred for years in ministry. I would see a need and then look for any warm body to fill it.

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Pick Up a Towel

Wendy Douglas —  September 15, 2011

One of the greatest examples that Jesus showed us what serving really means wasn’t standing in front of a crowd.

It was kneeling at the feet of His disciples.

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. John 13:3-5

During our time in Children’s Ministry we are not only called to serve families, but each other as well.

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One of the breakouts that I chose at the Illuminate Conference was Sam Luce’s session, At Your Service.  This was a great session with Sam, which came as no surprise.  Here are some of the thoughts that he shared with us.

We can create environments that can be barriers or bring people to God

(He shared this video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7_dZTrjw9I

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You give of your time selflessly to reach the children with the love of Jesus each week and sometimes it is hard. We know it is hard for you, because it is hard for us in leadership at times as well.

Bi-Vocational pastors, like myself, work their FT jobs and minister what seems continually. Full-time staff are often at the church for up to 60 hours per week in ministry and administration so we understand tired and we know that you are as well.

You will have those rough days where you may not “feel” like going to church and serving. I often tell people during Awana trainings that if you have a rough day, then it will be a rough night of ministry. I want to give you some ideas to help you when you during those times you grow weary:

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It’s All About the Attitude

Wayne Stocks —  September 22, 2010

Attitude It’s all about the attitude.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times that I’ve repeated that to my teenage son.  Life isn’t just about what we do.  It’s also about the attitude that we approach it with.  Likewise, God isn’t just concerned with our actions.  He is concerned with the attitude of our hearts when it comes to those actions.  Being a volunteer is no different.  There is a right attitude and a wrong attitude when it comes to giving our time to God.  After all, the Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver, and that doesn’t just apply to giving your money.

So, how do approach your role as a volunteer?  Is it a privilege to serve or a burden?  Do you look forward to going to serve on Sunday morning or is something you have to find the energy to get through each week?  Is it something you have to or something you get to do?  Your attitude will have a direct impact on your fruitfulness when it comes to ministry.  This is particularly true in children’s ministry where children can read you like a book and will no that your heart isn’t in it no matter how good you think you are at hiding that fact.

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