HOW TO SERVE YOUR CHURCH — EVEN IF YOU DON’T “SERVE” ANYWHERE

Get your serve on — without ever signing up for anything!

A lot of people serve in their local church by volunteering. Maybe it’s passing out bulletins or directing traffic in the parking lot. Maybe it’s singing on stage or teaching a children’s Sunday School class. But whether you’re doing any of those things or not (or one of a hundred different things), there are some ways you can serve your church — without ever signing up for anything!

There are some simple things you can do that will go far spiritually for you, your pastor, and your brothers and sisters with whom you’re worshiping. No matter how involved you are in your church, consider the impact you could make by serving in one of the following ways:

-Praying for the gathering, for your pastor, and for people who will attend
-Greeting guests (visiting a new church is intimidating enough without everyone ignoring you!)
-Being intentional about who you sit with
-Getting there early (it makes a difference; it cuts down on movement and distraction, and makes the ushers’ job easier)
-Connecting guests with others or getting them information they need (one of the best ways to make people feel welcomed, is to make connections for them)

How is participating in any of these “serving” your church? Some of these will ease your pastor’s job. Others may help the service run a little smoother, or connect new people so they’re more likely to return. Some have obvious, direct benefits for your own spiritual growth (like praying weekly for your church and leadership).

So whether you serve in an official capacity, or whether you need to “serve” by enacting some of the above suggestions — there’s a way for you to get involved, make an impact, and begin serving!

REFLECTION

How do you serve your local church? In what ways do you make a positive impact on the people or events around you?

How can you get involved? Is there more you can do — including the above suggestions.

For further reflection, read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.