One of the biggest challenges that every church faces is to find volunteers to help and to do the ministry. If you talk with any pastor, leader, youth director, committee chair, ministry teams, men’s groups and women’s groups, you will find the same complaint: “We need more people to help us.” Yes, the church needs more people to fulfill her ministry.
The solution is to invite volunteers to do the job. Now, that is a challenge. We always hear that people want to be asked to assume positions or do tasks. The problem is that that gives the person the opportunity to say no, which complicates the whole situation even more.
Volunteer, that is a very interesting word that sometimes we do not understand rightly. This is how the dictionaries define this word: “A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. A person who does work without getting paid to do it. A person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.” As you can see there are two aspects of a volunteer work, according to its definition. One is that the person does it for free. The other one, very important for our point here is that the person freely offers, or voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a task.
As you can see, most of the time, if people want to get helpers, they need to hunt for people to help them. They ask, they beg, they cry, they insist, and most the time they do not get who they would like to have.
It is important for us to understand that we are in a Kingdom. There is no volunteer. We are all servants. Christ is the KIng, and we are the workers. Some people do not know how to work, and I understand that. This can be solved with training, workshops, or just observing someone doing the job. Some people are not called to do certain works, and that is also understandable, This is why we need to learn about spiritual gifts and ministries. But some people just do not want to do anything, and that is plain wrong.
This is why Jesus asked the apostles to pray for workers. Here is the text: Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-28.”
We should not look for volunteers, but for servants/workers. We are all servants. If there is a need we should pray about it and do something about it. If you do not know how to do it, ask for help. If you are not called to do it, help to find someone who is, but meanwhile, DO IT!
The church will grow and fulfill her ministry when everyone of us decides to find a need and to offer to help and to work.
Have a blessed week,