Ask Matt, Geoff, or me what the most praised part of our ministry is at any given time and we will almost always give you the same answer: our volunteers. Finding those people who are willing to dedicate their time to those who are just starting to learn what it means to be a church member, a follower of Jesus, and have a firm belief in God. It takes energy, it takes emotion, and some sacrifice. But, my goodness, the rewards are tremendous. To hear a preschooler recite exactly what happened in the Easter story, to see a 9 year old be baptized, or a high school senior make the decision to go into a ministry field, is completely worth it.
Our church has over 700 people currently identifying as members, and I have to say that I am in awe of how much most of those members help in various areas of the church. Communion prep, prayer, welcome desk, teachers, We Care, worship, etc. The people that help in the youth areas are usually involved in not just our area, but in 2 or 3 others as well. That’s a great testament to the kids of the church that not only do these people care about them and will take time for them, but they model what a follower of Jesus should be doing. I encourage you if you are not currently participating in any ministry in the church to look at all the opportunities out there and find one that gives you the chance to use your spiritual gifts. I promise you it will be completely worth it.