Church isn't a spectator sport. Church is a family. And yet, many Christians have little more involvement in family life than rocking up to the family dinner late, and leaving as soon as they've finished their meal.
This is an issue common to many churches. Two books have been helpful in thinking this issue through:
Here's 29 reasons I've heard or heard of, that people give for not serving (I couldn't think of a 30th, but you're welcome to contribute!).
Sometimes there are genuine reasons why people don't serve (number 1 is at the top of this list), and various circumstances of life. Other times, the reasons are less convincing. In other cases, there is more that can be done by ministry leaders to encourage people to use their gifts to serve.
It's a heart change, not a guilt trip that will lead people to serve. But as ministry leaders, I think it's helpful for us to understand the reasons and excuses people provide, as we pray for their hearts to change, and pray for wisdom as we seek to encourage them to use their gifts for the benefit of God's family, to the glory of God.
What would you add to this list?
Too busy to serve? I like this quote by Andy Stanley:
“Too busy to serve at your local church? FYI: Every Sunday you attend your local church you are served by very busy people. Get involved!”
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