Did you know that this is Volunteer Appreciation Week? In my line of business volunteers are extremely important. I work for a small non-profit and we use volunteers to help us with our jobs every day. I have a wonderful volunteer here this morning helping me with some data entry. It’s great that there are people out there willing to serve in any capacity needed.
As I was thinking about volunteering, I realized that the church is also an organization that heavily uses volunteers. At my church, I’m in charge of running the worship ministry. That means I rely on the help of others each Sunday to fill a variety of roles to make our worship service actually happen. If there were no volunteers, the only person leading our service would be our minister. He does a great job, but he can’t run the sound, lights, pass communion trays, lead singing and preach every Sunday. That would be insane. Truth is, volunteers make the church work.
So, today, and this week, if you volunteer somewhere I want you to give yourself a pat on the back. You really are making a difference. And, if you utilize volunteers, please let them know they are appreciated. They deserve a pat on the back for their hard work.