Debunking the Serving Myths
By Kate Berkey - May 18, 2017
Posted in Adult Ministry, Sports Ministry, Worship, Student Ministry, Children's Ministry, High School Ministry, Middle School Ministry, Stories from NMC
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
If you’ve been in the church very long, you’ve no doubt heard 1 Corinthians 12 or similar passages. Over and over again in the Word, we receive a beautiful picture of Christ’s Church. We’re not described as a group who solely meet in a building to worship together. We are described as individuals who have been uniquely gifted and who are called to contribute to a whole, to a greater good, to the Body.
Some are feet. Some are hands. Some are ears, and some are eyes. Each is needed. No body can function to its fullest, greatest potential when one or more part is lacking. The Church is the Body of Christ. We each play a role. We each have a fit. No role, no fit is greater than another. None is more necessary. None is more valuable. We live in a highly individualized culture, yet as the Body of Christ, we are called to build a culture that contributes to the whole rather than the individual.
So often this contribution means using our unique, God-given gifts to serve the whole. This doesn’t mean simply filling a slot, fulfilling a duty or occupying a seat. This means tapping into the passions and abilities God has woven into the very fibers of our beings. It can be easy for us to buy into myths when it comes to serving. So if God has gifted each of us uniquely, what are these myths, and what truths debunk them?
Myth #1: I’m unqualified.
For some, jumping into something new—a new role, a new church, a new neighborhood—is fraught with feelings of inadequacy. It can be easy to stay in our comfort zone and settle into the myth that we have to be qualified. At NMC, our Ministry Teams are built with people who join with little, if any, experience in the area they serve. Bank tellers turn into small group leaders. Stay-at-home moms turn into camera operators. Machinists turn into nursery workers. They don’t serve because of their qualifications but because of their passions, their callings, their willingness. Time and again, God calls us as we are, imperfect and dependent on Him, and as we open our hands and lean into His Spirit, He is faithful to equip us.
Myth #2: I don’t have time.
Time—the thing we always lack. Our lives are full of friends and family and jobs and the occasional rest. We rush and hurry from one thing to another. Life is busy. Some don’t have time to lead a small group. Some can’t serve every Sunday, and that’s okay. At NMC, many of our Ministry Teams have flexible time commitments. We don’t want busy schedules to get in the way of people using their gifts to build the kingdom. That’s why we’ve designed roles that can fit into any schedule.
Myth #3: Someone else has it covered.
It’s the whole idea that someone else will stop to help a person with a flat tire. This myth can easily sink into our minds when we hear about needs in the Church. Someone else will stop. Someone else will help. Someone else is more qualified, more equipped, more experienced. Someone else, someone else, someone else. Sometimes we buy into this myth because we are overwhelmed by the vast number of needs. In order to make ministry happen each year, NMC needs 1,400 people to serve. Could it be that someone else isn’t going to stop, that you should stop, that you should be the one to dive into the role? Yes, there are a vast number of opportunities. What if you covered just one?
Myth #4: I don’t fit.
It’s a close cousin to the unqualified myth. When we believe this myth, we dangerously believe that God gave everyone else gifts that can be used to contribute to the Body, but somehow He missed us. Instead of leaning into the Holy Spirit to figure out the incredible gifts He has given us, we choose to believe that we don’t have a fit. In reality, because God has gifted each of us, we are guaranteed to fit into the Body of Christ.
Have you often wondered which NMC Ministry Team might be your best fit? Over the next couple of weeks, Andrea Helmuth will host opportunities for you to learn about our various Ministry Teams. Each “Find Your Fit” session will be a time to connect with leaders from various Ministry Teams and ask questions. Join us as we munch on cookies or donuts and hear about what it looks like to serve with KidMin, Student Ministries, Worship Ministries, Adult Ministries and others. At the end of each session, you won’t be cornered and forced to join a team. These sessions have one goal: to help you find the area that could be your fit.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Isn’t it incredible? We get to be a vital and integral part of the Body of Christ. Some are feet. Some are hands. Some are eyes, and some are ears. We are individuals, finding our fit and contributing to the Body.
Join us at “Find Your Fit” in Courtyard Commons!
- Wednesday, May 24, from 6:15-6:45 p.m.
- Sunday, May 28, from 10:45-11:30 a.m.
- Sunday, June 11, from 9:30-10:15 and 10:45-11:30 a.m.