August 7, 2008
Great post Chris. Way to dig through the quote. <br>Um. I've been thinking this.<br><br>In the realm of churches, it seems that they value internal service instead of external service.<br><br> A great way to "move up" in your church is to be a greeter, make food for some meeting, and help in a couple of key places. However, lets say you attend church, make some friends, and spend all of your Saturdays helping out at the local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. <br><br>Then you don't "move up." You get some points for being a great person, but you're not really "giving yourself to the vision" of the church.<br><br>Maybe this is just my experience. Maybe not...
"In the realm of churches, it seems that they value internal service instead of external service."<br><br>Totally.<br><br>Although, I don't wholeheartedly blame churches for doing so. They need to make sure their volunteers are up to snuff before giving them real responsibility.<br><br>Good point about points. I guess our participation comes down to whose score you're going to play by: Jesus' or a church's.<br><br>
Bingo, Chris - people forget they are serving Christ, don't they? We want points for our service from each other, or failing that, from those we serve.<br><br>At the church I worship at, we've had grumbling because our pastors let the body minister, put a lot of ministry back to the people. The murmuring: "After all, the ministers are paid to do ministry!"
Wow, I think you read my mind. We have this same problem in my church. I spend Saturdays feeding the homeless with a couple of other church members, and I also Volunteer with our Youth Ministry every Wednesday, and I lead a weekly Bible Study Group and I have actually had the volunteer coordinator at our church tell me I should be a greeter on Sunday Mornings because I am not involved enough. I was shocked. I realized I am not being recognized because the things that I do are not "out there" and visible for everyone to see. But I enjoy the things that I do so I am not changing a thing. I will continue to be the "low man on the totem pole". We do this for Christ, not the church right.
I'm new to this site. I've never posted & never visited before, but I'll be making it a more frequent occurrence now. <br><br>I completely agree with your article & think it was very well-stated. Most of the churches we've been involved in recently have been those focused on the house-church or village model. I have come away from so many experiences feeling like the house-church was where my actual church happened & the building I had to visit on Sunday was more of a time commitment. <br><br>I think there is a fine balance. I have not fully settled the debate in my own head/heart about where the line should be drawn. I do feel like it is my responsibility as a Christian to carry Christ with me throughout my day into the places I go. I do not feel that I have to bring those same people with me to church, but I do owe them my time and my relationship. <br><br>Thanks for your article. This will give me some new material to think about.
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