9 Things You Can Do for Others on any given Sunday
Posted by Brad Quiring on March 23, 2016
I regularly read several different articles from various church leaders and teachers. I desire to become a better Christian, church leader and pastor.
One of my favourite blogs is by Thom Rainer, who gives practical, Bible-backed counsel to church leaders and pastors. His desire is to see churches grow both spiritually and in numbers.
He recently put out this brief article of which I believe every church member should take note, including me as a pastor. The context of the article is Easter Sunday, one of the Sundays where a church will have the highest attendance as guests and irregular attenders show up. But this article applies to every follower of Jesus for every Sunday morning and church event.
1. Pray as you enter the property. Pray for the guests. Pray for the services. Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
2. Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
3. Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
4. Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
5. Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center. Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
6. Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
7. Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
8. Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. The parking team, kids ministry, and church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
9. Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.
You’ve probably noticed that each one of these points has to do with thinking of others above ourselves and our own desires, comfort and opinions. When we do that we are truly following Jesus’ way:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV).