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Improving the Fellowship of Your Volunteers

Submitted by James Higginbotham on March 31, 2010 – 4:54 amNo Comment

In the last post, we discussed the three fundamental steps a believer goes through as they grow in their fellowship with God. Next, we’ll focus on the fellowship between the members of your church. Specifically, how your volunteers are developing their fellowship with each other and to those in the church.

As with the last post, we’ll approach this from the three fundamental steps:

  1. Basic Fellowship – the volunteer knows the names of some or all of their fellow volunteers and a few people outside the team. They likely don’t pray for their team or for others within the church unless specifically asked to do so. They don’t yet realize that each person in their local church is called by God to be a part of a fully-functioning local body
  2. Partially Dependent Fellowship – the volunteer has learned that they need to get to know and pray for their team. They actively seek to find out what kinds of joys and sorrows that their team may be going through. They understand that God has called each team member to contribute to the team, and that their skills (or lack of skills) isn’t as important as what God wants to do through the assembling of the team
  3. Fully Dependent Fellowship – the volunteer understands that God has placed each individual member into their local church body for a reason. They actively seek to listen to what they have to say and find out how they can help them succeed (even if they can’t directly assist them). They are willing to give up their way of doing things to see their local church produce the spiritual fruits God has in store. Each member of their team, and members of other teams, add value and are worth the time it takes to minister to their needs and grow their skills to realize God’s calling. They see the “big picture” of how God develops the local church and each individual believer

I’ll ask again: Where are you at?

Where are your volunteers?

Are you creating an environment of encouragement and enabling your volunteers to grow in their fellowship with God and one another? Is your church focused on making this happen as well?

It is worth considering where you, your team, and your church stand on these topics of vertical and horizontal fellowship.

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