My life has afforded me the privilege to serve in many different capacities: I had the honor of serving our country in the United States Navy, I’ve coached little league baseball and YMCA basketball, and I work for an amazing company that allows me to serve customers and employees everyday. But, all of that pales in comparison to the opportunity I have of serving in my Local Church.
As I reflect on the past 7 years of my life, the following points are 8 Benefits Of Being A Volunteer At A Local Church:
1. Serving At My Church Has Given My Life Greater Purpose
There are a numerous important causes in the world and quality places to volunteer your time. But for me, I made the strategic decision to serve at my church because it was there where my efforts could result in someone’s life being changed for eternity. It is in a local church where a person could be made brand new and become redeemed.
2. Serving At My Church Has Given Me Broader Perspective
Serving others has allowed me to focus on larger issues and others rather than always on myself.
3. Serving At My Church Has Given Me Lifelong Friendships
There is a unique relational bond, which comes from “being in the foxhole” with someone and serving together. I have made literally hundreds of personal connections and lifelong friends because of volunteering at my church.
4. Serving At My Church Helps Others
Living an internally focused life benefits no one. Serving others relieves suffering, benefits the under-resourced, meets the needs of the marginalized, provides hope, and improves the quality of people’s lives.
5. Serving At My Church Has Made Me More Generous
Generosity is given through your time, talent and treasure. Church volunteers give sacrificially of their time and talent BEFORE giving sacrificially of their treasure. It is a sequential process. By being generous with my time and talent, financial generosity has been a natural outflow.
6. Serving At My Church Makes Me A Better Thinker
Being a quality volunteer requires sacrifice, study, and preparation. Volunteering at my church has made me smarter.
7. Serving At My Church Has Given Me Lasting Influence
My boys knows nothing other than their parents serving others. The privilege I never planned when I took my first volunteer role in 2011 was that one day I would be passing on a legacy of service to the next generation.
8. Serving At My Church Will One Day Result In A Greater Reward
Like many of you, I look forward to the day when I hear my Heavenly Father say “Well done my good and faithful servant”.
At sporting events those in the stands pay to watch the game. Those on the field get paid! The same is true for church volunteers. If you are not volunteering in your local church, it is time to get on the field and start getting paid with these incredible benefits I have listed.
Adult Ministries Director, CityLight LA