Why do people from all walks of life, who are sometimes exhausted from their day jobs, donate even more time and energy to their church? People want to be involved in something that matters and what we do in ministry matters for eternity!
- To grow in their relationship with Christ. When people are surrounded with other believers that can encourage and strengthen their walk with Christ. They are hearing and seeing the Gospel lived out. More than half of the Ten Commandments deal with Loving People, and there are countless passages that instruct us as believers to serve one another. So it can be felt spiritually. The Holy Spirit inside of you is doing the ‘happy dance’.
- It helps them discover their purpose and feel fulfilled. When you serve and give up your time and energy for someone else, you get emotionally and spiritually recharged. It gives more meaning to your life as a servant of Christ. Volunteers have the opportunity in different environments to literally find purpose and meaning. They find fulfillment in putting the needs of others above themselves.
- To use their skills and talents for the Kingdom. Each volunteer has incredible skills, talents, and abilities. A lot of people have day jobs that for one reason or another aren’t allowing us to use all the gifts we have. There are opportunities that allowed people to flourish in the skills and gifts that God gave them.
- Out of obedience to Jesus. Mark 9:35 – “And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, “if anyone be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” Jesus commands us to serve others. When your volunteers serve the local church they are being obedient to what Jesus has called them to.
- To follow Jesus’ example. Philippians 2:5-7 – “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
God sent His son to be the ultimate servant. When your volunteers serve, they are following the very example Jesus set for us- giving of yourself for other people.
- To join the mission of the church. People want to be a part of something big. What better mission is there to serve than the local church? If volunteers know and believe the mission of your church, they will give of themselves toward seeing that mission accomplished.
7. The church vision is compelling. Volunteers don’t respond to “need” as much as they respond to vision. If a compelling vision is cast, people will follow. No one likes to be guilted into serving. They want to serve because they want to contribute to something meaningful.
- To find community in relationships with others. People want to belong. They want to feel a part of a group. They long to be cared about, served, and loved. When you create an exciting culture, people want to be a part of it. They want meaningful relationships with people. They want genuine friendships that last. Although you can’t make people be friends, you can provide opportunities for friendships to happen.
9. There is joy in loving people and giving back. Jesus is Love. When we love others through serving, it may not be easy to recognize– you’re being Jesus to others! We feel joy when we give. That’s why the giver feels more blessed than the receiver most of the time. Don’t rob yourself of the joy of serving.
- Serving can be fun. Are you having fun?! Working shoulder to shoulder for other people is very rewarding and helps make great friendships.