As a volunteer, have you ever been told, “your ministry made a difference in my life?”
I know our performing artists hear something like that a lot. I’ve heard stories of guests coming up to an artist, with tears in their eyes or sobbing, because a musical element touched their life in a profound way. I’ve read comments written by those who were moved beyond imagination during the performance of a song; it shook them to the core, brought them out of their seat and ultimately to the foot of the cross. How powerful. It’s so true. Performances by gifted individuals often are that last link in the chain to a changed heart.
For those who’ve never heard, “you made a difference in my life,” I want to remind you that it’s a step-by-step process that often involves a bunch of people utilizing their giftedness to effectively communicate that our guests matter to God.
Think for a moment about the steps that lead that guest to a place where they can become receptive to the performance. Maybe it started months ago in -10 degree weather, walking from the car to the front door on a snow-cleared parking lot and sidewalks. They noticed something most take for granted, but it didn’t happen by accident. It happened because because a volunteer woke up at 5 a.m. and knew it would make a difference.
Maybe it continued when they dropped their child off in a classroom, a classroom where volunteer technicians help create an engaging environment for children to hear from volunteer teachers about Jesus. While we provide “little people” church downstairs, upstairs adults are freed from distraction and able to engage in the message within the artistic moment taking place on stage or on screen.
Or perhaps a guest’s reception to Christ was softened during a weekend service where moments captured in photography were edited and produced into a compelling video. Maybe it was the greeting, or the latest “seasonal café latte creation” served by smiling volunteers.
Get the point? Volunteers are needed in every step of the process; the roles vary but the impact equates the same in service to God. Whether you’re a guest’s first impression or last impression, you’re part of the plan! It doesn’t really matter in the big picture; God has given you a gift and the church is blessed when you chose to use it.