Volunteers are the lifeblood of a church. Without great volunteers, no church can fulfill the mission given to us by Jesus – loving people and bringing them into a growing relationship with him. God designed the church to be a living, growing body not an organization or club. That is why the Bible uses metaphors like a body, a flock, and a family to describe the church.
Volunteering has many benefits to each of us personally. It 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. Deep relationships and close friendships keep us connected to the church even in difficult times. Volunteering and serving fulfill us and give an avenue to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
Serving God by serving others through a local congregation of believers is vital to your spiritual well-being and growth. 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 and make a huge impact for Christ.
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. Team meetings are team-building exercises and demonstrate your love and commitment to your team mates. They are vital, just like practice is vital to a football team.
Bring Your A-Game
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!
Show Some Heart…And Some Teeth
Remember that you are here to serve others. So, focus on serving them. Chat with your friends after church. Make sure to be on the lookout for new people and smile a lot.
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, a staff member, or to Guest Services. Never leave them with unanswered questions.
Think Big Picture
The ultimate win happens when we serve and love others. A great program is good, but it is not the 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.
Bring A Friend
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 with you. Recruit a friend to serve with 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. Our best days are ahead of us and I believe God is at work. I am so proud of all of you. Let’s make the rest of this year the best ever by being an MVP volunteer!