A Church’s Dilemma

Just about every team at church can use more help. But where does that help come from? Well there are a couple important things to keep in mind.

Most people at your church are willing to help. Usually, this is true because they want to make a difference at church, or they want a deeper relational connection with others. Most people don’t want to just show up on Sunday for a service, leave, and have no other connection to the church. People like to get involved.

Most people do not respond to a pastor’s plea from the front. Churches spend lots of time trying to get people to join teams by making announcements and appeals from the stage. Some people will respond to these appeals, but the majority won’t. So, what gets people motivated to serve?

Using the Shoulder-Tap

The solution for the church is to teach people the fine art of shoulder-tapping.

It’s simple. Tap the shoulder of the person next to you and invite them to join you in your area of ministry. We’re not talking about the person next to you on Sunday morning. We’re talking about the people who are next to you in life. People that you’ve already met or  already have a relationship with.

Everyone in the church has a unique network of relationships. Based on the number of people serving, it’s unlikely that your church is “tapped-out”. There is plenty of room to serve. So, invite them to serve with you.

The Power of the Personal Appeal

Who doesn’t want to hear, “join me”? It tells someone that not only do you value them and want to spend time with them, but that they can make a difference. Not everyone will be able to join you, but no one is going to be offended by your asking. If everyone on the team had one successful should-tap, the size of your ministry team would double. So, get out there and practice the fine art of shoulder-tapping.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Have you ever tried to recruit someone to join a team? How did the process go?
  4. Why is a personal invitation better than a general appeal from the stage?
  5. What is the worst thing that could happen if you ask someone to serve with you? What is the best thing that could happen?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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