encouraging a unified worship experience

Volunteers for Jesus!

Anyone who works in the church understands the need for volunteers. Sure, many churches can pay people to serve in leadership positions but ultimately most of the work is done by those who receive no salary. Often these people go unnoticed until they aren't there! In my ministry I have numerous volunteers without whom nothing would get accomplished. If we think about it, most of our worship ministries are driven by volunteers. From children's choirs to senior adult choirs; technology to instrumentalists; all of these are driven by passionate non paid people who believe in the ministries they serve. These people look for nothing in return and are simply obeying the call on their lives. They serve continually and are the epitome of 1 Peter 4:10, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace."

Many times these same volunteers are serving in other places within the church (proving the 80/20 rule). Many will attend rehearsal only to leave and teach a class or work in another ministry. Truly, these are the unsung heroes of our churches serving tirelessly week after week. While we try to thank them, we often miss many in the process. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to those who serve in the FFBC Worship Ministries. You all do a great job and it is an honor to serve with you.

While we in leadership positions struggle with giving the recognition deserved by these individuals, it may be that we don't know the best way to say "thanks". Perhaps you have a specific way of recognizing the volunteers in your ministry. If so, I would love to hear about it. Post below or email me. I will try to create a compilation of ideas in a future post so we can all share from each others information.

These are my thoughts, what are yours?