Avalon Church has a secret. You may or may not have noticed it. It is not always obvious to everyone. But it is there nonetheless. A few people know about it, but certainly not everyone. Are you ready for it? Here it is. Avalon Church depends on great volunteers!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of a local congregation. Without great volunteers, a church can’t fulfill the mission given to us by Jesus – loving people and bringing them into a growing relationship with Jesus. God designed the church to be a living, growing body, not an organization or club. That is why the Bible employs metaphors like a body, a flock, and a family to describe the church.
Volunteering has many benefits to you personally. Serving allows us to fulfill Jesus’ command to serve. It connects us and makes us feel like a part of a team. It helps us develop deep relationships. It fulfills us and gives an avenue to fulfill our purpose.
Serving matters. Serving God by serving others through a local congregation of believers is important stuff. It should never be just an add-on to our schedule but should be a priority in our Christian journey. Here are a few tips on how you can be a great volunteer.
Show up on time.
Treat your volunteer ministry as a priority. Showing up on time for your pre-service meeting is essential. This allows you to pray with your team and get ready to serve others. Not showing up on time says to others that you don’t take your job seriously.
People need your best. Many people come to church needing Jesus or needing someone to care for them. Make sure to get plenty of rest the night before. Make sure that you look and smell clean. Brush your teeth! Bad breath hinders even the greatest volunteer. Know your job description so you can be effective.
Jesus said that we accomplish nothing of value without him. Make sure to pray and get in the right frame of mind to help others. Some people present a challenge and aren’t easy to love so you need God’s help!
Focus on others.
Remember that you are here to serve others. Chat with your friends after church. Make sure to be on the lookout for new people. Smile a lot.
Have a good attitude.
Your attitude should always be positive and friendly. Don’t just point people to where they need to go. Host them. Walk with them. Answer their questions. If you don’t know the answer take them to your team leader or a staff member. Never leave them with unanswered questions.
See the big picture.
The ultimate win happens when we serve and love others. A great program is good but it is not the vital win. Always be prepared to help outside of your area of ministry. Remember that the vision is for the whole church not just your particular area of ministry.
You are a representative of Jesus and of Avalon Church. Your ultimate job is to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. Getting people connected to our church is a big step. But we don’t just want to get people in the door; we want to get them connected. One of the best ways to get people connected is to get them to serve alongside you. Recruit a friend to serve alongside you. Don’t depend on your team leader or the church staff to do all of the recruiting. Get excited and bring your friends along!
I believe Avalon Church has some of the greatest volunteers in the world. This past Sunday we had many new people sign up to serve. I am so proud of all of you. Let’s make the rest of this year the best ever by being great volunteers!