Pastor, There’s Nothing For Me To Do Here!

Imagine a reasonably solid Christian said to you after church one Sunday morning, “Look, I’d like to get more involved here and make a contribution, but I just feel like there’s nothing for me to do.  I’m not on the ‘inside’;  I don’t get asked to be on committees or lead bible studies.  What can I do?”

What would you immediately think or say?  Would you start thinking of some event or program about to start that they could help with?  Some job that needed doing?  Some ministry that they could join or support?

This is how we are used to thinking about the involvement of church members in congregational life — in terms of jobs and roles: usher, Bible study leader, Sunday School teacher, treasurer, elder, musician, song leaders, money counter, and so on.  The implication of this way of thinking for congregational members is clear: if all the jobs and roles are taken, then there’s really nothing for me to do in this church.  I’m reduced to being a passenger.

However, if the real work of God is people work–the prayerful speaking of his word by one person to another — then the jobs are never all taken.  The opportunities for Christians to minister personally to others are limitless.

So you could pause, and reply to your friend, “See that guy over there on his own:  That’s Julie’s husband.  He’s on the fringe of things here; in fact, I’m not really sure whether he’s crossed the line yet and become a Christian.  How about I introduce you to him, and you arrange to have breakfast with him every couple of weeks and read the Bible together?  Or see that couple over there?  They are both fairly recently converted, and really in need of encouragement and mentoring.  Why don’t you and your wife have them over, get to know them and read and pray together once a month?

— from The Trellis and The Vine, by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, pp. 26-27

About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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1 Response to Pastor, There’s Nothing For Me To Do Here!

  1. Thanks for the post. I cannot deny that at times, I’ve fallen into this trap. What a great practical way to get about serving. I think sometimes pride gets in the way. People want the more official positions because they are recognized better by others.

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