Key priority #3: Mobilise every member to play their part
This is the third installment in our new series looking at seven key objectives for us as a church in 2016.
Over the past six years we’ve essentially doubled in size as a church. On the Sundays I’m hosting or preaching, it’s a wonderful joy for me to look around the room and see countless stories of God knitting lives together into who we are as a church family. However, growth also comes with challenges. One of these is how to ensure that every person, not just the keenies, is helped to find their place. What I mean by find their place is to find somewhere for each person to serve that brings together their servant-heartedness, passion and gifting.
The apostle Paul talks about this type of church in 1 Corinthians 12, where he uses the metaphor of the body to illustrate the way we’ve been called to live together in community. Listen afresh to what he has to say:
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all of the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12
Here Paul describes unity and diversity in a living, dynamic environment where every part (person) is actively engaged. I want to see that for us as a church. I want to see every person finding their sweet spot and playing their part in our mission together to make Jesus famous here in Peterborough and the surrounding towns and villages. I hope you do too!
However, as we continue to grow, we need to be more deliberate in the way we try to help people find their place. This does not need to replace the informal conversations and chats, but rather to underpin them, giving everyone the same opportunity to find their place in this growing family.
So what might that look like?
- We want to make sure that everyone who goes through the Belonging Course is given a clear idea of where they can serve, both on a Sunday and during the week.
- Every Tuesday, the Generate Team looks at the gaps in our teams and considers who might be good to fill these gaps.
- We’re developing resources for volunteers to ensure that people have all the information they need when serving in different roles.
- We’re looking at different ways of making the church family aware of current and future volunteering roles, and how to sign up for them.
I still don’t feel I have found my place
I’m aware there are numbers of people who are still struggling to find their place. Can I encourage you to speak with your Life Group leaders? They know you well and can help you think and pray about where you could serve. In addition, please get in contact with Denise Nicholson, who is looking in more detail for us at the whole area of volunteering. If you have ideas about how we can improve the way we help people find their place then we also want to hear from you, so catch Denise on a Sunday or drop her an email.
Finally, if you have a burning passion for an aspect of ministry that we aren’t currently involved with, don’t be downhearted! Who knows, maybe God is stirring your heart so that we might explore it together? Come and have a word with one of the elders and let’s see what happens!