In 200churches, we have the opportunity to get to know new people the first Sunday that they walk into our church. Chances are, your church has fewer than 300 members, and new faces stand out to you a mile away. That’s great! But how do we turn those new attenders into new volunteers? How long does it take us to get people involved in ministry?
We believe that 200churches should get people involved ASAP. For us, that means either the first or second week that somebody starts to attend our church. But a lot of times, pastors and leaders hesitate to move that quickly? What’s standing in our way?
Fear: (What are we afraid of?)
So we know there’s a problem. What’s the solution? How do we get new people involved more quickly?
First, we need to define ministry properly.
Ministry looks like God’s people using the gifts and abilities he’s given them, to serve him and others. Most of the ministry that God will do through the people in our church will happen outside of the four walls of our building.
(So even though we’re talking specifically about how to get people involved in our local fellowship or gathering – we can’t forget that the big picture is about equipping our people to be ministers and to be serving God at their workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, and homes.)
Second, we have to be committed to trying to only do what only we can do.
Andy Stanley really has stressed this over the years. It is very hard to do, certainly impossible to do all the time, but it is a great target to shoot for.
Third, when it comes to ministry, together is always better.
We need to take people with us, and invite people to join us as we do ministry together. A couple weeks ago we wrote a blog called “The Importance of Delegation – Don’t be a Hero”. In it we talked about delegating to others, and multiplying our efforts.
Fourth, we need to change what we're afraid of:
Local church ministry can be the beginning of understanding that “ministry” is much larger than what happens on Sunday mornings. What are other ways you have used to get people serving sooner rather than later?
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