In order to accomplish the mission of the church, everyone must fulfill their role on the team. There is no task that is too small or too mundane. Every task is connected to helping people pursue God.
One Body, Many Parts
Most organizations have those who are considered important or crucial to the success of an organization, and those who are easily replaceable. The CEO, the executives, and the top sales people are all considered important. The workers at the bottom end of the pay scale are expendable.
This is not how the church works. Rather than describing the church like an organization with more important and less important roles, the Bible describes the church as one body with many parts.
1 Corinthians 12:20-22 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
People in the church are interdependent on one another. For example, the worship team needs the greeters, ushers, and clean team members to do their job well so that the worship team can succeed. If one task is neglected, then the whole church suffers.
Think about a body. The brain needs the hands, feet, legs, and arms in order to fulfill everything it wants to do. In the same way, the church needs everyone: kids church workers, youth workers, greeters, ushers, preachers, worship team members, sound team members, clean team members and more all working together in order to accomplish the same mission.
God has gifted each person uniquely (Romans 12:4-8). When everyone lives out their God-given gifts, the church succeeds.
We Are Gifted to Serve
If the church is going to accomplish its mission, then people need to view their work in the church the same way: it is an act of service. Whether you are the preacher, the guitarist, the coffee preparer, or one of the people who cuts the lawn, every job is meant to be done as an act of service.
1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Your area of ministry is your way to serve the church and those outside the church. There are no superheroes or celebrities in a biblical church (other than Jesus). If you view your task and team as an opportunity to serve, you will more quickly realize that your ministry in the church is about God, not about you.
Jesus Was a Servant
This impulse to serve comes from the top of our church. No, we don’t mean the lead pastor or overseer team. We are talking about Jesus. Jesus was a servant.
Jesus is God. He is the king of the universe, and upholds creation by the power of his word. And yet, when Jesus came to earth, he came to serve others.
John 13:15-17 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
At your church, serve like Jesus would serve others. Focus on how you can help other people, and take the focus off yourself. Jesus was a servant and we need to be one too.
It doesn’t matter if you are the lead pastor or a teacher in the church. Your job is to understand that you are part of the body, the church, called to serve God and serve others. No job is too small or beneath any person in the church. Everything is to be done in a spirit of service.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Have you ever served on a team at church before? Where did you serve? Did you enjoy your experience? Why’ or why not?
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:20-22. How does the image of one body with many parts affect the way you think about the church?
- Discuss how the role of a drummer on a worship team helps accomplish the mission of the church.
- Discuss how the role of a clean team member helps accomplish the mission of the church.
- Read 1 Peter 4:10. What team are you planning on joining or have you joined? Give specific examples of how you can serve others through that role.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.