This is one of our unwritten, but frequently adhered to values of Northstar. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you believe, or what you’ve done—there’s a place for you at one of our campuses. After all, Northstar is not a building. It’s a group of people following a loving God and serving each other. Come see the spot we have just for you and share the gifts God has given you. We have a position for you to play, regardless of what those gifts are.
Confused. Let me explain. 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (ESV) The same Spirit that empowered Jesus to do His Father’s will, is the same Spirit that dwells in us and empowers us to help the whole world find and follow Jesus.
Many churches, without meaning to do so, disempower their congregations by creating a barrier between the staff, and the congregation by prioritizing or emphasizing certain roles or gifts over others. When this occurs, people begin feeling as though they are not as important as the church leaders and will sit back and be passive. The result is the church will have a fraction of the talents, gifts and resources it could and should have. This is the exact opposite of what we want and work toward at Northstar.
I believe that we all have unique and different roles based on our gifts, but we all have the same Spirit. If I am a leader in the church, that does not mean that I have increased access to the Holy Spirit or more power to lead a Christlike life and as a result lead people to Christ. As Lead Pastor, I have a specific role within the body, but it is not more important than any other role that exists within the church.
If you are a regular attender of Northstar, but are not engaged, I would like to speak to you directly for the next few seconds. Here is the gospel truth. Northstar is most powerful when “everyone is playing,” in the position to which God has called them. The church is strongest when people are using their gifts.
We can help the whole world find and follow Jesus when we see ourselves as God’s servants, ready to serve where and when needed to build His kingdom as He desires in and through us.
Start thinking about your gifts. Then consider what position(s) you can play at Northstar.
You will quickly discover that one thing we love doing at Northstar is serving. There is a place you can serve. Each week, our volunteers show up at our five locations (it takes volunteers to run our online campus). They show up early, stay late, lead Northstar groups, direct cars, enter data, design graphics, run electronics, change diapers, sing songs, give high fives, play instruments, make coffee, bake goodies, setup chairs, and literally hundreds of other behind the scene tasks. No matter what your gifts, there is a place for you to serve.
We’re not just a church serving the people that walk through the doors at Panama City, Callaway, on the beach, and in Pensacola, at various times during Sunday. We serve thousands of people each year through our outreach efforts. So pick a position… and get involved.