My friend Chuck Lawless has published a great article on creating a culture of participation in your church. As church leaders it is our obligation to lead ourselves “out of a job.” Our primary calling is to follow Jesus, and then to encourage others to “follow our example as we follow the example of Christ” (this is why churches reflect the character and ministry of their pastor). How do we do that? Especially if member participation is low, how do we empower people and see them thrive? Click here to read a great article from Dr. Lawless that will get your leadership juices flowing!
At our church, we’ve already begun to implement much of this mentality, and it does make a difference. Part of changing culture is communicating opportunity. If you haven’t already, make a list of all the jobs where members could plug in — everything from greeters and ushers to clean up crew for pot lucks to A/V crew, to prayer team, to janitorial, to visitation and meals. List them all so members can see where they can contribute in meaningful ministry. There are no “small jobs” in the kingdom. Pairing this with Chuck’s counsel in the article, consistently, will shape the culture of your fellowship.
What are some things you would add to the list? What are some ways that you are empowering your people to engage, serve, and make a difference — either in the church, or in the community? Leave your thoughts and comments below!