The first round of coffee is being poured and the parking lot is beginning to fill. It’s 9 a.m. on any given Sunday at any given church. Excitement fills the temporary empty rooms as volunteers and staff await whomever may arrive.
As exciting as it to serve, serving can quickly turn into an obligation instead of something that you can’t wait to do. There’s a saying we use every Sunday during our pre-service meeting. It has generated a lot of excitement because it’s true:
Every Sunday is somebody’s first Sunday.
1. There’s an expectation that Jesus will continue to draw people to Himself.
I’ve stopped asking volunteers what they like about serving, the service, or church. I ask them, “What are you proud of?” Nobody wants to go to anything they don’t believe in. I don’t.
There is nothing more exciting than a group of people who believe that Jesus is continuing His work. For the first time, people are hearing the relief of Scripture. Kids experience faith conversations at their level and others are joining a small group.
2. Volunteers are the most critical piece to a great Sunday.
If our volunteers know this is somebody’s first Sunday, it only elevates the weight of their position. Nobody wants to guess where they should go or what to ask when they experience a new restaurant, social gathering, or department store. I think the same is true in the church. Volunteers are eager to serve when they believe they are going to meet a first time family.
3. Tell the story of your church together.
For your Pastor, Monday can be very exciting or depressing depending the previous Sunday. It doesn’t have to be that way. Celebrate wins (What God is doing) during your pre-service meeting, emails, and weekly conversations. Be a church that offensively CELEBRATES toward the future VS reminiscing a defense of your past.
I don’t want to be the retired pastor who writes a book, about his ministry, if there is no one to rejoice with me. I want to be the pastor that writes a book with the people who shared in the ministry: the people who wept, rejoiced, celebrated, and worked with me.
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. _ Ephesians 4:11-13