I really, REALLY appreciate the people who serve in the church. There’s VBS, choir, nursery, the Wednesday night children’s program, Friday School, retreats, camp, the 100-yr anniversary, conferences, workdays, church cleaning, and the list goes on. We want to remember the time and effort these people are investing and make a conscious effort to be a help and encouragement to them. So let’s discuss the right and wrong way to do that. Here’s what you don’t say…
- Why are you doing it that way?
- Let me tell you what we used to do…
- You should do it this way instead…
- Make sure you don’t have me…
- Why did you choose this time?
- Why did you choose this place?
This is what you should say instead…
- Thank you so much for all you’re doing!
- Put me where you want me!
- Wow, you’re doing a lot of work. What can I do?
- You sure are blessing a lot of people.
- You’re doing a great job.
And here are a few other things you can do…
- Be on time
- Respond to e-mails
- Sign up and/or pay on time
- Do things without having to be reminded
- Whatever you’re responsible for, do it well
- Don’t complain
- Be on time (I know I put that twice)
I had a really good mentor who told me (and this applies to marriage, parenting, etc) we should make a number of deposits for every withdrawal. There are some people in the church and when you see them coming you’re like, “Great. Time to listen to another complaint!” and there are other people you see coming and you’re like, “Wonderful. Some help.” When people have taken the time to serve sacrificially, let’s try to make sure we’re making more deposits than withdrawals. Let’s try to make sure we’re helping them with the loads they’re carrying.
Sunday’s sermon, Luke 3:10-14 Fruit Worthy of Repentance – Part II, can be found here.