Most people are good at making excuses. Sometimes we make excuses to try to keep from hurting someone’s feelings. Sometimes we make excuses to avoid responsibility for our actions. We make excuses for things we did wrong, times we failed, things we don’t want to do, and situations we don’t want to be in. We also make excuses to God. A still small voice says:
You miss a lot of Sunday’s. “Yeah but…”
You are not involved the ministry. “Yeah but…”
You don’t tithe regularly. “Yeah but…”
You have a non-committal attitude about the church. “Yeah but…”
But what if Moses had made an excuse instead of going? What if the disciples did not decide to follow Jesus? But they didn’t. Fortunately there are always people who don’t make excuses. They would rather contribute. They want to change the world. That passion is a key component behind their motivation to help the whole world find and follow Jesus. They are the people that serve every Sunday, doing whatever is asked of them. And when you have people like that there is a noticeable effect on the church. I have seen it at Northstar numerous times.
Frankly, we can always use more committed people that are willing to serve. Why? At Northstar we believe in pushing the boundaries, moving the church forward. Sometimes quickly and sometimes in significant ways. This has inevitably lead to times where we bite off more than we can chew, but the positive impact and surge in excitement felt by the wider church is unquestionable. We are in such a period in our church’s history, a time of transition and transformation. A time when we are looking to turn more and more ministry responsibility to volunteers, rather than hire additional people. The bottom line is this: we will become more dependent on volunteers and our need for volunteers will grow radically over the next few years.
It is a good problem to have. But with problems come opportunities and that is what we have, a real opportunity. Imagine what Northstar can be if we provide more people the opportunity to get involved and serving in ways that ignite their spirit, use their gifts, and tap into their their passions. Imagine a Northstar where we benefit from the unique way God has put us together, gifted us, and combined those gifts to form a community of believers ready to change the world. Imagine what God could do with a church where everybody is using their gifts.
It starts by understanding how God has uniquely crafted us and given us gifts of His Spirit. We need to ask how God wants us to put these into action. So, ask yourself the question, “What has God made me passionate about? What is it that I just can’t help but be excited about?” Does the idea of leading a small group fire you up? Does working with the kids programs give you a sense of significance? Do you get thrilled about making gallons of coffee? Do you have the expertise to fit 700 cars in 665 spaces?
There are individuals who feel they do not have anything significant to offer to the ministry. They may believe that they personally are not qualified to serve in a ministry capacity or they might think that only certain people can truly be involved in God’s work. Or they may feel like we have enough volunteers, so they are not needed. I can assure you that neither of those statements are true in any sense. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
It is amazing what God can do with people who are passionate for a particular ministry; and it often gets easier when the people who went to seminary simply get out of the way.
Are you looking for ways to get more involved at Northstar? Or, do you have a skill, talent or gift that would help the Northstar community of believers? Well, then it is a match made in Heaven. If you’d like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please contact your campus pastor or go our church website at www.northstar.cc.