Making the connection

There is nothing like watching the light of service come on in a  volunteer.  Sometimes is happens fast.  They realize that this “serve” thing really isn’t such a big deal to actually do after all. Other instances it can take some time.  But, when you see it come on- you know it.    They have entered the place of connection.  God, ministry opportunity and me serving equals some t great potential to rock this planet.

I remember a volunteer dad and friend named Bob, who came to serve. As a father he  just wanted to contribute and do his part to partner in weekend ministry with his kids by serving once a month… then offering prayers, then twice a month…then lead teaching.   His prepping started on Mondays for the next weekend.  He researched and came up with THE best creative lessons to keep elementary kids engaged. He connected with kids. It is a cherished memory  of how his gifts bloomed.  He found and felt the connection with the gifts God obviously put in him before his birth. The guy would light up when he taught kids.  It all started with an ask, an invitation to join us in serving.

Who knows what treasure is in the heart of volunteers.  As a leader you need to unlock it. Help it come out.  Challenge them.  Don’t ever make an apologetic ask for volunteers. The NEED  is in people connect and make room to serve and find all that God has put in them.  It may not be teaching, but greeting, or a small group leader, or worship or many other venues to connect in ministry to kids.  I have enjoyed the vantage point of front row watching  many awesome volunteers from nursery on up making the CONNECTION.  Thanks God.

Points of Action

As a seasoned (sounds ever so much better than older) leader of ministry I have noticed a life anchor in Psalm 105.    I looked at it from the standpoint of  what fuels me.  In this Psalm is a life strategy with points of action for me to stay alive in Him.  It fills my cup. These five action points keeps  what I do in perspective.   Christ follower first before anything else.  He is our identity…not ministry or position or anything else.   There are 45 verses in this Psalm, but the first five verses are SO full of actions that I can’t pass up!  #1  Give thanks to Him.  #2  Sing praise to Him.  #3 Rejoice in Him  #4  Look to Him  #5  Remember Him.   Funny, but no matter what stage of life I am in, I just keep coming back to checking on how I’m doing with the five action points.  As I practice these points of action, I notice that I am more peaceful, more hopeful and excited about what’s ahead.