“If you are a local church or non-profit, you live and die with volunteers.” – Andy Stanley
What does faithfulness look like? You can often see it in the church volunteers.
Church volunteers are essential to a healthy, growing church. They willingly fill in the gaps wherever they’re needed in order to help churches serve their members and communities. It’s not a stretch to say church volunteers are the unsung heroes behind the scenes — most ministries couldn’t function without them.
You can’t attend Northstar without being impressed by the faithfulness of God’s people. They are truly the force behind everything that takes place at Northstar. They do what they do because they love the Lord and His church and they have a heart to serve. They do what they do because they are faithful to the God who has always been faithful to them. When you go to worship this Sunday, take a good look around at your fellow worshipers, and thank God for the willing people who give their time, talents, and resources.
But churches never have enough volunteers. It’s just part of the ebb and flow of ministry. There is always a place for motivated servants to meet the needs of God’s people. “How excellent are the Lord’s faithful people! My greatest pleasure is to be with them” (Psalm 16:3 GNT).
The Church does not exist for us. We are the church and we exist for the world. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to show the love of Christ by serving other people. In other words, saved people serve people so that served people can become saved. “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11).
The point is the church needs you. We want you to be a part of God’s body in the way He designed you. You’re here because of Him, and we know He put you here for a reason. Find a place to serve that aligns with your passion, personality, and availability.
- Your devotion to God is illustrated, demonstrated, and authenticated by serving others. Agree or disagree?
- What hurdles do you have serving others?
- What must you do, beginning today, to acquire the authentic heart of a servant?