Sunday, June 04, 2006

ServFest

Today's Topic: The Big Day

About once a year, Covenant Life highlights ministry teams. These are the groups that offer service to other members of the church. This year we had a ministry team fair, called ServFest, where everyone had the opportunity to learn more about these critical groups in the church.

The morning began with an excellent message from Joshua Harris on Luke 17:7-10. Everyone on media or tech teams should listen to the message. You can get it here. His main point was this:
Slaves of Christ serve the master with total devotion -- no boundaries and no strings attached.
He shared three possible wrong attitudes toward serving:
  1. The "I'm off the clock" attitude
  2. The "I'll serve but I want overtime pay" attitude
  3. The "That's not in my job description" attitude
I can definitely identify with all of them, particularly #3. I find it very easy to believe that I don't need to do anything outside of tech stuff when my assessment is that I'm serving over-and-above. Really, I'm doing only what God has called me to do, and nothing more.

After the message, the congregation headed out to ServFest on our back lawn to hear brief presentations from different ministry team groups. I had the honor of representing the "technology" ministries, which includes sound, lighting, video, cd/tape/web sermons, and information technology.

I encouraged them to see the connection between the gospel and technology by highlighting Jesus' command from Matthew 10:27: "What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops." Jesus wants us to share his truth openly and widely. Technology allows us to reach more people at once, and that's why we do sound, lighting, and video.

People turned in "commitment cards" at the end of the afternoon to let us know which ministry teams piqued their interest. I probably spoke to about 150 different people throughout the morning, so we'll see how many of them turned in a card with the "Technology" box checked off. I'm hoping we're able to secure about 20 new volunteers from this effort. Only God knows. I'll let you know how many when I find out.

I am so grateful to God for a church that loves to serve, and for all the people that are already serving on the production teams. I am a blessed man to be here, and I can't wait to meet more new people who can join our cause for the Savior.

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3 comments:

Jim Fergusson said...

Interesting timing - we're getting ready for our "Ministry Fair" coming up next weekend. We haven't had one in a few years, and recruitment is a struggle, so we thought we'd try this approach again.
I haven't heard the message you referred to of course, but I'm curious about two of the points...

1. The "I'm off the clock" attitude
3. The "That's not in my job description" attitude

We have two very different services on a Sunday morning - one of which sometimes gets complicated, the other which is more formulaic. I play the "producer" role for the former, but this role is not really needed for the latter so I am not part of that service. But because I help with the transition between services, I'm often asked for a piece of sound gear or a lighting adjustment or something like that. In an effort to try to maintain clear lines of duty, not step on any toes, and keep the confusion about whose job is what, I will often redirect such requests away from myself.
And I find that it's important to be clear on what your role is (ie. it is not to do everything you are asked to do) in order to maintain proper boundaries and some degree of sanity. But that that starts to sound like "I'm off the clock", or "That's not in my job description". So I'm wondering what mindset is that goes along with not having the above two attitudes? How do you find the balance? How do you maintain sanity and boundaries? How do you avoid guilt from saying "no"? Etc.

David Wilcox said...

Hi, Jim.

Thanks for your questions. They are excellent and difficult questions.

Let me say first that the message this Sunday was intended primarily for people who are not serving at all or who are significantly underutilizing their gifts. It certainly does not sound like you fit into either of those categories, though you would know better.

That being said, the situations you are facing are common to tech volunteers and can reveal what actually is in our hearts. When I say "no" to someone, am I really serving them? Or do I have more subtle "I'm off the clock" or "That's not in my job description" attitudes? I'll try to answer these excellent questions at greater length in Friday's Q&A post.

Thanks for asking!

David Wilcox said...

Hi, Jim.

I attempted an answer to your questions at this post, "Serving and Saying 'No'." Did that address your questions adequately?

dave