How Important is Your Ministry?
Recently, we had our first Ministry Fair. I asked 28 of our 38 ministries to prepare displays for our Ministry Fair. Twenty-six of the twenty-eight did so; everyone was given 7 months notice with many reminders. We had 21 new volunteers for ministry and much interest. To me, this effort was a great success.
I am giving you the background to this article. It is written to all of our ministry leaders (before the Ministry Fair) in order to gently remind them of just how important their ministries are to the church.
If you are a deacon or a ministry leader, you may think this question is totally inappropriate and unnecessary. However, I beg to differ. From time to time we all need to be gently reminded of just how valuable and indispensable our ministries are.
How important is your ministry TO YOU? Our first Ministry Fair is Sunday, July 16 during Bible class hours. We have a total of 38 ministries and by purposeful design, 28 of them were asked to participate. One ministry leader just showed me her display: it is out of this world. Yes, she received expert help from a granddaughter, but it is marvelous. Her ministry means a lot to her and she has gone to great lengths to promote her ministry.
Your participation and preparation for the Ministry Fair will send a strong signal to the church about how you feel about your ministry. Yes, there are other ways you can send a similar signal, but the Ministry Fair is certainly one of the better ones. Your creativity and the constant improvement of your ministry are other powerful signs of how much you value your ministry.
How important is your ministry TO THE CHURCH HERE? What if Amy Littleton didn’t make sure the communion was prepared this Sunday? What if Jim Ward decided to just sit down Sunday morning and hoped the guys got together to lead worship? What if teachers were not in our classrooms to teach? What if our guests had no one to watch their babies? You get the idea. Every ministry contributes in some BIG way to the welfare and stability of the church here. Our ministries accommodate learning, fellowship and worship. There are also eternal implications to our ministries: they are priceless. Your contributions of time and effort promote spiritual and numerical growth in this church.
How important is your ministry TO THE LORD? It is He who has given us these ministries: we are managers or stewards of them. We are familiar with what the New Testament teaches on the organization of the church (e.g. elders, deacons, evangelists, teachers, etc.). But He has also gifted every member for ministry and this was not an accident; it was done purposefully and when we operate the way we are designed, great things happen. Our ministries are important to HIM.
This is not meant to be criticism: really the opposite. I hope it has encouraged you to continue to stimulate others to love and good deeds (cf.Heb.10:24) through your ministry.
Thanks for all you do. Trav