My family and I have been with our church since the beginning stages when there were roughly 125 members. We knew just about everyone in the church. I remember when we had only one Home Team and now Home Teams are multiplying rapidly. Our church has grown in so many ways. We have matured in love and faith and encountered only a few growing pains along the way.
My church’s growth resembles my growth as a Christian in many ways. When I began going to church, I did not know the Bible or how to pray. I didn’t know how to journal my growth in Christ, and a “quiet time” was beyond my understanding. Quiet time to me was putting the baby down for a nap, so I could watch TV for a few hours. I was a baby Christian who didn’t know what God wanted from me, and I definitely didn’t know what I wanted from Him.
However, I took steps of faith that helped me grow as a Christian. Volunteering at the church was one of the best steps I could have taken. I’ve volunteered in so many areas of the church over the years that I finally discovered my talents and capabilities: Women’s Ministry and registration. I love the ministry I’m in. I get to talk to many different people and fellowship with those that are volunteering in the same area as I am.
People often comment on how huge our church is, but I don’t see it that way. Though our church has grown tremendously, I still feel the cozy feeling of a loving family ready to greet me with open arms every time I walk through the church doors. The secret to having the closeness of a tight-knit family feeling is to volunteer at church.
It gives us a sense of belonging to our church, and we will suddenly feel the closeness of friends and family that we were craving. And when we feel like God is too HUGE and AWESOME and OVERWHELMING to spend time with us, we can start volunteering time in our relationship with Him. We can pray to Him and read His Words whenever we want. He always has His doors open and His arms out ready to greet us like a Father.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
– Romans 12:11 (NIV)
“Father, sometimes I feel so lost in Your presence and not sure where I fit in to the equation of the plans You have for me. I want so much to know You and Your Word. I yearn to feel the coziness of Your arms and the warm welcome of when You call me by name. Help me to create that tight-knit family feeling at church by volunteering in…”
Spiritual Chick with Wings