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There is one thing I heard back in my single days that stuck with me, for both selfish and unselfish reasons. What I heard from a nationally prominent pastor was along the lines of, “if you’re a single guy the best place for you to be is working in children’s ministry. You’ll learn a lot about yourself, your faith, and it’s a great way to find an equally yoked believing woman.”
Being a roughly 20-year-old single man at the time what do you think I did? I signed up to serve in my local church’s children’s ministry.
What I didn’t know at the time was that my mainly selfish actions would show me what is the key to leadership overall and particularly leading in the church: service.
You don’t have to be up front on stage singing, preaching, or even directing a small group. Those are all wonderful, noble, and selfless ways of serving, but try and think about all of the things that need to get ready for a Sunday morning service or even Tuesday night Bible class? The floors need to be vacuumed, the bathrooms need to be cleaned, childcare needs to be provided, food needs to be organized, newsletters or bulletins need to be designed, printed, and folded. The list can go on and for most churches it surely does. Now many medium or large sized churches have people that are paid to do these tasks, but they still are often thankless jobs.
Before moving to Texas I was a part of a church plant from the very beginning. Countless hours were spent doing things that weren’t compensated for but needed to be done. It wasn’t about getting recognition for the accomplishments but the fact that things needed to be done and so I did them. That was just what needed to be done and what I could contribute. I wasn’t artistic, so I stayed out of the way with the logo design. I’m not handy, so I didn’t partake in remodeling the space we rented for offices and small gatherings. But I am often very critical in word use and meanings, so I helped with shaping the mission, vision, and values. I had experience with social media, so I helped set those up and work with a developer and some others with a phone app. I did what I could with what I knew and knew I could provide the best of my abilities.
Looking back, I wish I would have helped more. I wish I would have been a part of the remodeling so I could have learned some basic skills for my home ownership now. I wish I would have sat in on design meetings for the logo and colors so that I better understood how colors worked together and how people respond to them. I could have still served and helped to my greatest capacity, but I also would have learned so much more.
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Moral of the story: serve.
Find something you’re good at and see how you can use that to help the church. Are you a banker? Ask about helping with the finances. Do you work construction? Maybe you could help create some awesome stage props or visuals to help others visually engage with a sermon or theme. You will be helping so many people, but often you will find that you will also help yourself in your own personal development. Just don’t focus on that last part, then it isn’t service, it’s selfishness. It is at times a hard line to balance so go into it with an open mind, selfless heart, and willingness for God to work through you.
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