We hosted fourteen Christmas Eve services this year. Thousands of people attended these incredible services. The worship was outstanding, the videos spotless and the message was delivered with excellence. Our team functioned on a level I have not seen on a church staff. An army of volunteers were recruited, prepared and coordinated to cover ushering and greeting and ticket collection and a team for security and volunteers were mobilized to provide food and coffee for volunteers who showed up over an hour before the program launched each night.
This was a team win! Everyone put their shoulder to the plough. We worked hard up front, so that when the even came we didn’t have to work so hard, because many hands make light work.
As a pastor, I had the privilege of being at every one of the fourteen services, and each one was a great blessing, being able to encourage and love the true heroes of the faith, those who work all day at jobs, then show up at their church to give more time volunteering to serve the Lord and His church.
Thank You Jesus that I get to rub shoulders with such an amazing group of people!
Did I mention that we also prepared an online worship service on the Sunday following Christmas, so that all of the staff families could be at home with their families for Christmas. The entire staff has the week off, after working hard, there is this time of rest. Oh happy day.
Ben Reed writes about making the family a priority in ministry. There is time to work and there is time for rest and we all need to figure this out. Too much rest and there is no food on the table. Too much work and there is no family to go home to. It is a tension to manage, not a problem to solve once and for all. Ben is on the right track!
In a busy ministry, it is easy to get out of balance and somehow as Bill Hybels has said, “the way we do the work of God destroys the work of God in us.”
Mac Lake reminds us of the most important meeting in the week, especially when our schedule picks up speed. If we don’t abide in Christ, we will not abound in ministry effectiveness.
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” Psalm 95:1 ESV