Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Serving in a Church Family = being connected

An ongoing challenge in a church is to provide ways for people to be connected and have relationships with others. People want to feel as though they belong. People will initially come to a church based on the worship service, preaching, and the general sense of friendliness or welcome they receive. They won't stay long, however, if they don't feel "connected".

This has been a challenge for me as a pastor. Often I want to ask a person what they have done to get connected. They'll site going to this or that event, but often missing from their recounting of their activity at church is service. This video by Mark Driscoll really hits the nail on the head.

Church is a family. Family members contribute by serving. Serving each other is how we are connected. We serve the family together, we don't sit around waiting to be served or entertained. Watch this clip:

I just started preaching through the Gospel of Mark. Mark really accents the way Christ served. Perhaps the key verse of the entire book is 10:45 where Jesus says-

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many".

I am praying for ways to really communicate this message of serving your Church family to Redeemer. It's my chief prayer for 2011, that we have a renewed outlook on what it means to be part of a church family and to serve in that family.

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

Wow, this embolden casual pastor reminds me of our son’s pastor in Lynchburg VA. Bold and speaks the truth right in your face! If I had to point to only one reason Redeemer is family, it would have to be the extremely successful Home Fellowship Groups. Many church try, and even start off small groups with a bang, but most die of natural causes. Bitterness, selfishness, it’s all about me, I want the all of attention, my gifts are more important than yours. Not at Redeemer, because our HFG’s are family and we belong to a bigger family!
Pastor Nathan should make this part of his Nouthetic Counseling. This snippet should be mandatory listening to everyone who comes in for family church sympathy counseling.
What jumped out at me with Drisco’s easy, practical teachings:
1. Church is Family
2. Families are difficult
3. Families get ugly at times, even hateful
4. But families don’t give up on each other
5. Families don’t sit back and wait to be served
6. Families get involved, love each other even when it gets dirty
7. Families listen to reason