LFC is exciting. Yes it is! Servants, willing hearts, generosity, these all make a church exciting!
Humanly speaking, what makes a church great and exciting are its volunteers. When you go to a church, and there are people there, and they just serve with joyful hearts, it’s irresistible and contagious. We are working hard at Doing Church as a Team and doing all we can to recruit, train, inspire, affirm, lead, encourage (the list goes on) those that step out and find a place of service at LFC and out into our surrounding community. And we know we fall short of doing all we can to raise up leaders of teams, servants for teams and equipping others to serve – but we are pursuing ways to do this better and with greater consistency: Why? Because there is something deep in the hearts of people waiting to be unleashed to desiring to make a significant Kingdom contribution. And, it is the calling of the church:
Ephesians 4: 11 – 16
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (NIV)
Church health is missed – church growth is missed – and the building of love inside that church is missed when people are not given ways to be equipped (verse 12) for works of service and when every supporting role is not filled. A church will then grow inward and become unhealthy as reliance on a pastor or a few staff members or just a small number of volunteers carry the major load. It can even become oblivious or deny their own decline in mission, vision, heart, attendance and blinders begin to grow that cause the church to defer maintenance, lack a passion for excellence and neglect the mission field right outside their door. Each part must do its work. (verse 16). This may sound simple, but more and more churches are forgetting this calling:
Church leaders are not only to make disciples but equip disciples who we do their work of service.
As I consult and coach other pastors and churches what I find most common and understandable; that some faithful volunteers week in and week out support the ministry but when life circumstances change they need to step back to rightfully care for their families or they move away from the location of the church, there is no one to fill their spot. What was missed during the time of service was the raising up of a team to move forward and lead in the future.
Every church, even ours is in need of servants. We are fortunate to have a larger percentage of servants than in most churches but we still need so many more. It is our job, my job, to make sure people know where the needs are, how to be equipped and encouraged to serve and then to raise up others. It can never be, ‘this is my spot, sorry it is filled,” but rather, I want you to come serve with me, shadow me and learn, then let me celebrate as we serve together.
If you are serving at LFC or your church, allow me to encourage you to pursue the joy of serving. And pursue others who can also find joy in serving.
The saying goes that church is not to be a “spectator sport” whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave. We are called to be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved. We commit to serve one another as we serve our God. This is not done out of a mere sense of obligation, but from a love that seeks to build up others.
There is joy when we are able to utilize the gifts and talents that God has given us.
Serving our City / Region:
Serving is an incredible witness to those outside the walls of the church. We do lots of things, like Harvest Block Party, Big Game Post Game Party, partnering with our local hospital on their outreach and also our Fire Department and Police Department (open houses and car show) and more.
Serving is essentially loving our neighbor.
It is putting others first and seeking their good over our own. It is not just a message from the pulpit, a handout or a Facebook post – it is a tangible weighty expression of God’s love for them. Christ saw serving through love as an indicator of one’s discipleship,
- John 13:35
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (NIV)
As the saying goes, “preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.” There is joy when we are able to utilize the gifts that God has given us to witness and share his love with those who may not know him.
Ultimately, we serve not for our ourselves and even for others, but to honor our Lord.
1 Peter 4:10-11
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (NIV)
God has uniquely created us with gifts to be shared, not withheld. Gifts to be shared that will awaken the gifts in others.
Serving is not about ourselves, though there is joy for us as we serve and it is all about honoring God and glorifying him.
Thank you to all the great volunteers who serve at LFC from the heart. YOU make our church exciting.
Find a place to serve. Find a place to tangibly impact others and to glorify God with the gifts and talents He has given you. We are move than willing to help you discover your place of service: Please email us at the front office Church Office
Honored and humbled to be serving with you,