During the summer, most people take a much-needed vacation. It is important to disconnect from work and a hectic schedule in order to stay connected with your sanity. I believe that God showed us the importance of rest after he created the universe. After six days of creation, he rested on the seventh. This is a picture of how we are to rest in him through his grace to us. It shows us that he is in control and that we must rest in him through our faith.
Over the years, I have noticed that many people disconnect from the church during the summer. I am not talking about taking a vacation, but about disconnecting from relationships at church. One thing you can do to feel more connected is to volunteer and serve during the summer months when you are in town. Every church needs volunteers; this is a fact of life. Like gravity, taxes or the Chicago Cubs’ inability to win a World Series, it’s unavoidable. But volunteering is not primarily about meeting a need in the church volunteer base; it is about meeting a need in your own spiritual life.
The questions we usually hear during the summer are ones like, “We’re short-handed in the kids area this summer, can you help?” Or, “We need more greeters, would you be willing to fill in today?” There are always needs at church, but I believe that we shouldn’t ask people to volunteer just to fill a “position” or do a “job”. If we do, then we miss the point.
The church is made up of people with unique gifts, talents and personalities that God wants to use. When each individual takes ownership for the work of God in his or her local church, then God begins to transform the entire culture of the church. You see, volunteering is less about the job that’s being done and more about connecting with the purpose of God and with people in the church.
The Apostle Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
When we serve the church, we are an active part of the body of Christ. God designed you to serve him by serving others. God has given you specific gifts designed for others to experience. God designed the church so that you and I play our part for the good of the whole body. There is a great byproduct that comes out of serving - relationship building.
Do you feel like you don’t know anyone at the church? Begin serving! Do you want to make friends but don’t know how? Connect by volunteering! Do you feel like you’re disconnected from others? SERVE!
As a Pastor, my goal is to create as many connection opportunities for you as I can. People’s lives are better when they engage in the purpose of God. The church is better when we use our gifts to build the kingdom of God. Serving will drastically change the way you connect at church.
If you want to get connected and make deep and lasting friendships, then you need to go to the Next Step Classes that we offer every Sunday morning at 9:30. This is the best way to learn about connecting with the church, growing in your relationship with God, living in financial freedom, and becoming a part of the church. If you already serve, make it a priority to remain involved this summer. This is the best way to stay connected and have a great summer!