A Top Ten List

It’s been too long since my last post! Here’s something I’ve been meaning to share for a while:

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, our congregation hosted an event called “Contemplate Careers in Church Work.” One of our activities that evening was to develop a top ten list of ideas from the attendees. The prompt for this top ten list was “What is one of the best reasons to become a church worker?” Participants were invited to share responses that ranged from silly to serious. So here is our somewhat random top ten list, but with the #1 reason properly ranked!

#10: “To make lots of money.” (from a five-year-old)

#9: “Job Security! There are many more laborers needed in the Lord’s harvest field.” (from a local pastor)

#8: Good food. (“Lots of leftovers end up in your fridge.” AND “Good funeral food.” AND “Church ladies keep you well-fed.” AND “Potlucks!” AND and “Lots of good coffee.”)

#7: “We need godly church workers to teach people to be godly in their vocations.” (from a local church worker)

#6: “To serve in a vocation in which you are called by God and led by His Spirit.” (from a Faith Lutheran member)

#5: “Because the retirement plan … is outta this world!” (from a member of a local church)

#4: “Because we’re called to live a life that’s bigger than just ourselves.” (from a college student)

#3: “Because you get lots of hugs and high fives.” (from a Director of Christian Education)

#2: “Because you get to attend as many meetings as you want!” (from a local pastor)

#1: “To share the Good News of Jesus!” AND “You get to help save sinners!” AND “Because the mission field comes to you!” AND “To share Jesus with kids/youth/young adults who are questioning their faith.” AND “You get to baptized people!”

 There you have it! Some fun and also some very important reasons for both Christian youth and adults to consider serving in church work! It is my personal prayer, and I hope it is yours as well, that many more men and women will consider serving in various church work vocations! Talk to your pastor, Christian teacher, Director of Christian Education (DCE), or the other church workers in your life. Look for opportunities to serve where God has placed you right now: be a leader in your congregation, serve on your Christian school board, assist with youth events, teach Sunday school or help with Vacation Bible School, be a mentor, or find other ways that the Lord can use you for His purposes!

Hark, the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the master calls you;
Rich reward he offers free.
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I. Send me, send me”?

If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus;
You can say he died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior’s waiting arms.

If you cannot be a watchman,
Standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven,
Offering life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your bounties
You can do what God commands;
You can be life faithful Aaron,
Holding up the prophet’s hands.

Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
While the multitudes are dying
And the master calls for you.
Take the task he gives you gladly;
Let his work your pleasure be.
Answer quickly when he calls you,
“Here am I. Send me, send me!”

Lyrics by Daniel March, 1869. Public Domain.

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