Summer Blog Post #4 – Everyone has a ministry

Posted On July 28, 2009

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“Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving.  There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.”  1 Corinthians 12:4 – 7

Everyone Has a Ministry

When we look at this chapter, we tend to focus on the part when Paul describes the different gifts, but he gives this brief introduction.  In essence he makes two very important points.  First, he says that God is the Source.  Our gifts, service, and work is not our own, but rather it comes from God.  I don’t know about you but I tend to forget that as I do ministry.  The second point that Paul makes is We are the Outlet.  There is no exception; if you know Christ as Lord and Savior, you have a ministry.  And those gifts may differ, but they should be used to help the body of Christ wherever you may be at.  Right now, you are at Barton and those gifts should be used to help the “church” (and I use that term loosely because we don’t replace church) at Barton.

Everyone has a ministry and these last few weeks of the summer let me challenge you to pray about the ministry or ministries that God is calling you to do during this next year.  Just look around our campus ministry and the college campus and find ways to serve others for the sake of Christ.

I hate to embarrass anyone in particular, but I think of Dale.  Last year, we really started using a lot of technology in our BASIC meeting.  Dale stepped up and used his talents to help everything “technological” to run smoothly.  He saw a need, recognized he could fill it and did so without any fanfare.  Liz, when she saw our need for a Student Senate representative for our group, volunteered for that role and served in that capacity for us.  (By the way, with both Dale and Liz now gone, we’ll need some new people to step into those roles).  Both Dale and Liz are great examples of people seeing a need and using their gifts to serve and you probably wouldn’t have known it until I told you.  And these are also examples of students serving who are not on the leadership team.  Everyone has a ministry and you don’t have to be on the leadership team to lead a ministry.

So, I’ll pose the question:  What ministries is God calling you to do this year?  Take some time over the next few weeks and think about where your gifts and interests could be used to serve.  There are all sorts of possibilities and different levels of involvement.  Let me give you some ideas:

  • LIFE group leader:  LIFE Groups, if you don’t know, are what we call our small group Bible study ministry.  Maybe God is calling you to lead a small group Bible study in the dorms.  We have lost one of our small group leaders from last year so there is a need.  Maybe you have a gift of hospitality and are really good at making people feel welcome.  If so you could host a Bible study in your room. 
  • Music:  Clay Boepple is the volunteer staff person in charge of the music ministry and he will need help.  If you have musical talent as an instrumentalist or a singer (I know we have some guitarists, keyboardists, and drummers and some great singers in the group), you could volunteer and participate in the worship band.
  • Publicity:  Maybe God is calling you to use your gifts of graphic design to make posters for CCF and make sure that CCF is always advertised.
  • Hospitality:  Maybe God is calling you to make sure that everyone who comes, especially freshmen, are welcome and truly become their friend beyond just at BASIC.
  • Social:  Maybe God is calling you to lead the charge on making sure that there are spontaneous, fun social activities as alternatives to the “party scene” on Friday/Saturday that everyone can participate in.
  • Setup/Takedown:  Maybe God is calling you to serve by coming early to setup the room for our BASIC meeting, making sure that extra chairs are available for latecomers.
  • Evangelism:  Maybe God is calling you to plan some big evangelistic events, or maybe on a more quiet note, He is calling you to talk to certain people about Christ.
  • Drama:  Maybe God is calling you to take a lead on doing skits at BASIC or other special events.

The possibilities are endless.  And you don’t need anybody’s permission to begin to perform the ministries God is calling you to do.

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