Most technological advances are both a blessing and a curse when it comes to harnessing their potential for effective ministry and volunteer management. Take, for example, call display and an experience we had last summer in our church office.
Imagine a Sunday morning church service without volunteers: no ushers, praise band, Sunday school teachers or childcare providers; no Scripture readers, or audio visual technicians. Every Sunday, the volunteer efforts of church members make the worship service happen.
We’ve all been there – sitting in the pew as the announcements are read. At one point or another, one regular announcement goes past the usual “blurb” to being a full-length sermon. Volunteers needed! Throughout the year, we hear invitations, pleas, and sermons about getting involved. We need to use our gifts, get connected, be the body, and serve others.
When you think of volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, you likely picture them sporting hardhats and hammers. But longtime Lendrum MB Church member Don Neufeld was honoured by four Alberta agencies for using his accounting skills in service of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.
Let me begin boldly. I believe there has been a colossal disenfranchisement of the laity in our churches. Parallel to this phenomenon is the professionalization of the pastoral ministry. I…
Members of River East Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg didn’t go to their church service on Sunday, June 10.Instead, they did service around the city during their fourth annual Community Service Day.