Over the years, I have served in various positions with many different people. I’ve led a kids ministry, hosted community groups, played in worship bands, overseen communications, and more. One idea that I have found to be true about a good volunteer is that they only need to be two things: committed and concerned.
In other words, the only aspects that I look for in a new volunteer is if this person is someone who will show up on time, and if they will care about doing a good job.
These two aspects may sound like basic qualities, but I assure you they can be difficult to find. I myself have, at times, been a volunteer who failed in one or both of these areas. So, how do you cultivate commitment and concern in yourself or others?
Find the Right Place to Serve
One of the biggest complaints everyone has when it comes to serving is lack of time. However, time is normally not the issue. We can always find time to do things we like: workout, go to parties, or even sleep. The real problem is commitment. We are more committed to other things than we are to serving the church. Granted, some of these other things deserve our commitment. However, the church always deserves our commitment.
Part of the solution to this problem comes with maturity, but another solution comes in the form of evaluating where you are serving. There’s not a good reason why you shouldn’t like what you do for your church. Are you a good fit in your current role? How do you know?
In 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Paul lays out a detailed explanation of how the church is a body made up of many different parts. When you are part of the church, you are simply one piece of the body. You could be either a hand or a foot or a nose or a mouth. But, how do you tell?
Well, what do you notice when you are serving? Is there a little feedback in the speakers? Maybe you’re an ear. Are those chairs a little out of line? Maybe you’re an eye. Could you help make those areas better?
It can be wrongly assumed that a local church is bad because you experience something that you don’t like, but that church could just be missing an arm! What if the Holy Spirit is showing you where you fit? If you’re interested in that type of service, which I’m guessing you are if you’re paying that much attention, then commit to that team.
Take Ownership of Your Role
Committing, however, is not everything. You must also concern yourself with your position. Take tasks off your leaders’ hands. They are busy. Give them a few less problems to worry about.
Nothing makes a leader happier than when a volunteer makes a position their own. One of the ways I currently serve is by playing the drums at our church plant, Valley Life Arrowhead. Our sound guy has only been serving for a few weeks, but he has already come up with many ways to make us sound better. The best part about it all is that no one had to ask him to do it. He cares about how we sound, and he puts in the effort needed to help us improve.
Be like this for your team. Find a place where you fit and commit to it. Concern yourself with the performance of the team and look for ways to make it better. God has gifted you with certain skills and abilities. Don’t waste them and don’t neglect their place in the church.