The local church is so much more than a building and its purpose is much deeper than just a “community get-together.” It is a body; the bride of Christ. Hebrews 10:23-25 tells us to “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
The gathering of believers within a church building is just one opportunity where we can “consider one another” and “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.” It is a place where we encourage one another to “hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering” until the day Christ comes back for us, His bride. How we go about encouraging one another might look different from person to person but the goal should always be the same; stirring each other up to love and good works so that we might pursue Christ and His Kingdom.
“But I’m not good at teaching, playing piano or singing a solo,” you might say. True. And God has not called everyone to minister in these ways. Yet, God’s command to encourage/stir up our fellow believers remains.
There are many, many ways we can go about obeying this call but we’ve collected a list below of ways that may, or may not, even be on your radar.
- Be friendly. Introduce yourself to new faces.
- Greet people at the door. Serving in this way makes people feel welcome and opens the door to get to know them and better serve them.
- Pass out the bulletins.
- Make an effort to sit with the single or widowed people in your church. Invite them to share the pew with your family.
Lend a helping hand
- Help in the nursery.
- Help in the children’s classes. Whether that is teaching or just being an extra set of hands.
- Help with music.
- Help in the kitchen during church functions.
Care for the building
- Arrive early/stay behind to set/clean up.
- If you’re handy with maintenance, be available to take care of small maintenance projects around the church building.
- Like to decorate? Volunteer to help with decor.
- Sign up to clean the church between services.
- Help with seasonal cleaning.
- Provide snacks for the children’s ministries. You don’t even have to make them yourself – a case of animal crackers from Costco will do perfectly!
- Provide cleaning supplies or diapers and wipes for the nursery.
- Provide supplies for children’s ministries.
- Line up meals for moms with newborns, someone grieving, or for the sick/elderly.
- Offer to arrive early to make coffee or bring refreshments. Quality fellowship often happens around food 😊
Serve the people
- Pray for your church leaders.
- Pray for ministries your church puts on.
- Be quick to offer your home for traveling missionaries, evangelists, etc.
- Arrive on time. Being late to practice, teach or perform nursery duties can really inconvenience others.
- If nursery isn’t provided, offer to help keep an eye on the young children of church leaders who have responsibilities during the service.
- Express your gratitude to your pastor and church leaders for their ministry
- Offer to visit the sick/elderly/home-bound.
- Send birthday cards.
See something that needs done? Volunteer to do it! No task is too small. If it is something that needs done, it can be a way to serve!