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The Three Principles

The mission of operational teams (office team, welcome team, coffee team, clean team, etc.) in a pursueGOD church is simple: To help create the environment for people to pursue God at church. If you’re joining one of those teams, start by learning our 3 principles of volunteerism:

  • Every task matters. The Bible teaches that the church is one body with many parts. (1 Corinthians 12:20-22). That means we all have different gifts and different tasks to perform – but every gift and task is important. There are no super heroes at our church, and no task is elevated above another. Jesus was a servant, and we should have the same attitude. (John 13:14-17)
  • Take ownership. At our church, volunteers are owners, not renters. We take initiative and work hard, as if the church were our personal responsibility (Romans 12:11). An attitude of ownership doesn’t make us arrogant and bossy. Instead, we humbly look for ways to contribute to the greater good. (Galatians 5:3, Philippians 2:3)
  • Help build the team. The operational responsibilities of a church are huge. The Bible says that two are better than one, and we believe it! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) Other people have a place on the team – they just don’t know it yet. (1 Corinthians 12:27) Don’t just serve as a volunteer on the team; help build it by personally inviting others to join.

The Two Commitments

Before you join the operations team, you need to be clear on two basic commitments we’re asking you to make. Signing off on these commitments will keep you and your team leader on the same page, moving forward together to accomplish your team mission. Here are the two commitments:

  • Do your job. Your basic commitment is pretty simple – to accomplish your task every week or month as a team member. We know you’re just a volunteer, so you’re not getting paid to server. But please make every effort to stick to your commitment while you’re on the team. And if you need a break or a substitute, please tell your team leader as soon as possible.
  • Meet with your mentor. Our teams depend on a simple system of mentoring to keep everyone on the same page and moving forward together. You may meet weekly, monthly, or quarterly with your mentor – and it might be in person or on the phone. Whatever the case, please make a commitment to these mentoring conversations while you’re serving on the team.

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. Read Romans 12:4-8.  Why do you think God has given us so many different gifts?
  4. According to 1 Corinthians 12:20-22, what are the most important gifts?   
  5. Read Romans 12:11 and Colossians 3:23.  What does it mean to “work as though you’re working for the Lord?” How can this verse change someone’s attitude about serving?
  6. Why do we tend to overwork the faithful few expecting them to do it all?
  7. Who do you know that you can invite to serve with you on this team?
  8. Fill out the Team Fundamentals Worksheet with your mentor or team leader.
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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