Church Staff Members Serving Outside Church

I often encourage our staff to volunteer somewhere in our community…

Outside the church…

It could be coaching a ball team…

Serving on a non-profit board…

Picking up trash…

Visiting a nursing home…

Working with a para-church ministry…

Joining a civic group or community leadership program…

I do this personally and believe in it because…

It allows us to get outside the walls of the church…

Actually allows us to meet people…

Be a part of and show support for our community…

Learn more about the people we are trying to reach…

And…

If we are going to ask others to serve…

We need to set an example they can follow…

Some of us get paid to serve in the church…

Where do we volunteer?

Does your staff volunteer in the community in which you live?

Do you agree or disagree?

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20 thoughts on “Church Staff Members Serving Outside Church

  1. Ron, this is sort of in the same area but not really….Staff members "working" outside of the church…. maybe you could do a blog posting on that topic…
    Thanks

  2. Ron! It's the other way round in my case. As I work for a non-church organization, I volunteer in the local church where I attend regularly in my town. Whatever form it may be, volunteering brings greater satisfaction to your mind and soul.

  3. Usually now, I'm asked to serve on a local non-profit board. I'm just now getting back into serving with our Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Clarksville, which I was involved in for years when in business. As the church has grown, I'm more intentional in these areas.
    Twitter: Ronedmondson

  4. I coach baseball and soccer teams that my kids play on; and recently have started fostering kids through CPS in my city. I volunteer off days to serve at my kids Elementary school, and work often with my family at a local food bank.

    I say all that to say that as a staff member at my church; I'm the only one that does so. I'm often looked upon as being un-committed to the things of my church, because I give so much of my personal time to things in my community. For my family it came down to this truth: For all the things the church is to us as a family, it is not always enough. And truth be told, that's allright. God is leading and using us within our local congregation in a great way; but he's also doing the same outside of our church walls.

  5. Agreed. I personally do volunteer outside of the church. Where I find it challenging to hold staff accountable in this is part time staff. They already have two sets of responsibilities and sometimes more. So, to ask them to add more to their plate, seems excessive. Am I off base on this?

    • No, I think you're smart to help people maintain their health. I think, though, that there are probably things that can be done even if it's a once a quarter or once a year activity. We have an annual trash pick up day in our community put on by our chamber…some could do this…
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  6. 100% agree…our entire staff serves outside of the church in some capacity. Its not mandatory, but its part of our ethos. Its what we do.

  7. I completely agree. Most church staffers that I know would love to be more involved but have nothing left to give after giving the church their all. It’s that unspoken “give everything you’ve got to make it happen” rule. We need to learn balance and this would be a great way to model it.

  8. I totally agree w/ the church staff volunteering outside the church. It definitely sets a good example. I'm not sure if my church's staff does that,but it would be good. I know they go out into the neighborhood to let our church's neighbors know about events that we are having to welcome them to come. It makes me wonder what would happen if a church led by its pastors and staff would leave the building on a Sunday morning to serve, how the community would be impacted. Then multiply that by all the chuches in the community as well as the state & country.

  9. I have been thinking about this sort of thing a lot concerning church staff being out in the community. And I've come to conclude that the church staff must be out in the community, whether it be at a full- or part-time job or as a volunteer…or both.
    Twitter: Jeremy_riggs

  10. Agreed. It is too easy for church staff to be "whitewashed" by an internal focus on what we do each week. Serving in the community, with the right heart, can truly impact us as well as those we serve.