To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

Why Not Give It A Try?!

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 by Max Goins, Pastof of Congregational Care and Outreach


There is absolutely nothing to compare with becoming involved in the ministry of serving the Lord.  That being true, it has been my experience as a Pastor for over 50 years that getting people to become involved is difficult. 
One might easily compare it with tithing.  In the beginning, people have hundreds of excuses for not being able to tithe. I even had a CPA tell me one time that tithing was not fair to the poor.  His reasoning was that a well to do person had a lot left over after he paid his tithe whereas a poor man had not enough to live on comfortably.  However, after all these years, I have never heard a single person who started tithing ever say he regretted it.  I know of no tithers who have ceased to tithe.
The same thing is true when it comes to involvement in the ministry of the church in the world.  It is often difficult to get people involved.  However, once they are involved it even more difficult to get them to stop.  In a recent blog I shared with you a testimony from Ron McPhail concerning the joy and fulfillment he has found in volunteering as a hospital chaplain.  Paul Ray, another of our volunteer chaplains recently thanked me for asking him to volunteer.  He has just begun his final semester of training to be a certified chaplain. 
The recruiting, training, and involving others in ministry began with Christ.  The primary aspect of his three year ministry was in training and involving a closely knit group of followers to do His work after He was gone.
The Apostle Paul carried on the example of Christ.  He wrote to the church at Ephesus, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
The entire Heritage staff is committed to that passage of scripture.  We consider our primary role, not to be doing all the ministry, but to be recruiting and training the congregation for total involvement in ministry.
I am very excited about my job of being Pastor of Outreach & Mission.  I look forward to seeing all of you getting totally involved in the ministry of Heritage to Van Buren and the River Valley. 

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