In church circles, you may hear about the 80/20 rule—20% of the people do 80% of the work. In one church I grew up in, that rule was more than true. I remember one gentleman who did a little bit of everything, and many others sat comfortably (or lazily) to let him.
At Mud Creek, not everyone serves and many serve in multiple places. But, I’ve never been around a church where such a high percentage of our church family serves weekly. Hundreds and hundreds turn out to accomplish ministry opportunities regularly, sometimes daily.
One servant arrives at 7:00 am every Sunday to set up our parking and crosswalk signs. Another group greets at our entry doors every week. Some man our security team, while others study during the week to teach children, students, and adults. The musically gifted play instruments in our orchestra or sing in our choir or on our praise team. Some from the financial sector serve on our budget teams while leaders in our community assist our pastor on the church’s executive committee. Others fill backpacks with snacks for the weekend for children in our community who have less than most on the weekend. Carpenters and construction personnel give vacation time to build churches, renovate after disasters, or build handicap access ramps.
What impresses me so about these who serve is their genuine love for Christ and others. One greets, works in our AWANA children’s ministry, and will come on our deacon team. He’s done all this while fighting cancer. Another in her singleness and retirement flexibility cares constantly for our military overseas and local emergency services personnel. A third brings men from the mission or jail every single Sunday. These get it. Christ came to serve (Mark 10:45) and implant in his disciples the call to serve in his very own footsteps.
I get overwhelmed and overjoyed when I think about how many different faces I see serving our church family and community on a weekly basis. Day In day out, God’s people at Mud Creek obey the Scripture’s instruction,
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10
Servants are everywhere at Mud Creek. We get this right. And that’s one reason I love my church!