(The extended version of this message, spoken at Heartbeat May 2017, is found on the podcast – from Pastor Rob)
One Heart Church is experiencing a season of sudden growth, which is great, but in this- we are now noticing the increased need for workers.
- a) Church has grown from Jan – Jan by 17%
- b) Church has not seen any increase in volunteers (In some area’s we have less workers)
So, while we have a great thing happening, and it is what every church wants to see, it can easily be derailed and we can lose momentum.
Changing gears It’s time as a Church to change gears. If we as a Church don’t change gear, we will shudder and shake, until eventually we stall and stop.
The real issue is to be continually increasing our worker base not only to keep up with our current size and needs, but to enlarge that base to be in front of the pace of growth. Changing gears at One Heart means that we need to change our attitude from coming to church to have my needs met, to coming to church to fulfil the needs of others. It’s very hard, if not impossible to build a church of any strength without this. We must each focus on the lost or disconnected from God. Our mission to be a light that steers others to God. Having that in mind we need workers to keep ahead of the pace. In maintenance mode, you can operate by just getting by, but to maintain pace to increase pace we need to increase the base of our volunteers and workers.
Roll the stone away John 11:39-44 Lets look at Jesus and Lazarus- the dead man. The miracle begins as Jesus calls the people to roll the stone aside, “Unwrap him and let him go”. Jesus did the miracle and gave Lazarus life when he was dead, but he got the people to unwrap the death clothes. Jesus asks us, the people to roll the stones aside, to remove every barrier – to make way for Jesus to do a miracle in people’s lives. We can easily miss opportunities from God because we didn’t roll away the stone or unwrap the bandages. It’s our responsibility to be unwrapping others to their freedom. God is calling us all to be un-wrappers! There are people coming in to church God has saved (out of death) but Jesus wants us to help unwrap the death clothes. This means we are looking within them to see their God given potential. What is God calling them to?
Why have church? We gather together in a healthy place and we help each other unwrap the death covers and find freedom. Jesus does the salvation part, we do the unwrapping part – discipling.
Our role is to:
- ‘Unwrap’ the preachers
- Unwrap the worship leaders
- Unwrap the kid’s workers, and the sound people, and the church planters etc – all those people that are not even yet aware of the giftings that God has given them to bless the Church and our community
The unnamed servant Genesis 24:1-4 The story of Abraham finding a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham calls his servant in and says, now go find my son a wife. He could have said, “he’s your son you find him a wife!” But in this, we see the commitment of Abraham’s unnamed servant take ownership of the charge. Next Abraham makes him take an oath – now this is getting awkward.” Put your hand under my thigh”… Abraham is saying ‘this is important to me and requires an oath’. God has given each of us a cause –however many never push through to fulfillment, because at the point of oath they hold back. It is too far outside of their comfort zone. In every church you can tell the difference between those who serve because they accepted God’s oath, and those who don’t. In our context, God asks of us to take an oath of service a commitment to task, even if and when it gets uncomfortable.
Gen 24:45-46 Abraham’s servant looked for the person to be Isaac’s wife. He took the charge seriously and prayed for the right one to be shown. He could have hastily grabbed any woman but he desired to find the right one who would marry Isaac. It’s time for us to make a check of our desires; are they in line with the master? Do we hastily complete our tasks or do we acknowledge it is an important ministry that God has charged us with, and fulfill it with all of our hearts?
How does this relate to getting more volunteers in our departments? Abraham sent his servant – this indicates delegation and trust. If you are a leader or volunteer – you have been delegated trust by God. It’s up to you to find the one that will take that seriously, as the servant saw in Rebekah. Be praying be seeking God and see who walks up.
What or who are we looking for.
- Find those with the same spirit as Rebekah; who when asked for a drink, went the extra mile and watered the ten camels as well. Look for the person who is willing to go the extra mile.
We need to get out of our normal ‘less than’ expectation of others and expect the ‘more than’ person. The type who goes the extra. They are here already, and we need to celebrate them, and promote these people.
- Many families put road blocks in their families to the call of God, and disallow their children/wives/husband to the ministry.
Rebekah’s father allowed her to answer the call to ‘go’. Will you let the your family members ‘go’ with us? This could be rephrased ‘will you support that one in your family to serve God in ministry?’ We are here to be preparing the bride of Christ,the Church. We ought to be seeking that attitude (Rebekah) among us at One Heart Church.
Leadership fundamentals at One Heart. I expect of a leader to be engaged in their call and ministry. It is false to expect if everyone does a little bit we get the job done. Jesus is calling, and has always called those to give it all, and see the miraculous power of God. Every single one of us need to be actively engaged in recruiting people in church into your department.
People need to be given opportunity to serve. Serving brings purpose. Serving develops spiritual leadership. Serving opens ways for others to find Jesus (Rolling away the stone).
How do we do this? On Sunday talk to people – talk to new people. People need ways to connect and serving on team connects people to purpose and our purpose is reaching people.
In our ministry department’s we aim to see:
- Encounters with Jesus.
So, we have a youth ministry not a youth group. We want a kid’s ministry not a kid’s club. We have the toddlers ministry to minister Jesus at their level, to engage them. We have a worship team not a band. On Sunday, we do church not entertainment.
Pray for the gear change in the church, and engage in a gear change in your lives. Be actively looking for opportunities for others to serve. Be praying about how you can ‘unwrap’ the old things from peoples lives and help them to fulfill their calling in God. Be content to be the ‘unnamed servant’ – not looking for your own glory, but giving your all to help others answer God’s call in their lives. Look for those with the same spirit as Rebekah – willing to go the extra mile, and help them find their spiritual purpose.