Yesterday I was talking with a friend. Her church had recently implemented a First Time Guest tent – outside the building. At their church, it’s a place where first time guests go, receive a gift, and meet someone who can answer questions and take them to another destination – the worship center, children’s check-in, etc.
They moved their Next Steps desk inside the building to a corner that’s quiet – which lends itself to easier conversation.
The changes they made are nothing new. Many churches across the country have similar designs.
However, her executive team gave her an argument, “we want our volunteers to be comfortable.”
I gave her a counter argument: was Jesus comfortable when he was hanging on a cross?
What we really want to do is equip our volunteers to do the job they’ve been called to do.
So, let’s take a step back and look at volunteer recruitment and WHY we volunteer.
I love our church. I’m grateful to be where I am. Most aspects of my job I get paid to do. There are other things I willingly do as a volunteer. Among my counterparts at other churches, this is common.
I volunteer in these areas out of obedience to God. I don’t do it out of guilt, or to fill a void. I do it because God has called me to do it. God has never promised His calling will be easy. He did promise it would be worth it.
If I were to volunteer in any other area, that area would suffer. (Ask me sometime about my brief stint in pre-school and children’s ministry.)
As part of serving God, there have been sacrifices and discomfort. I’ve sacrificed financially, I’ve sacrificed time with my family, I’ve been cold, hot, hungry, wet, and uncaffeinated.
But I’ve never been hanging on a cross.