Thursday Three For All
It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
The Church is Not a Drive Through Restaurant. (via @Ligonier) Convicting and compelling, not just for those that pastors serve, but for pastors themselves.
Because of cultural influences on the church in America in our time, we tend to treat the church like a drive-through restaurant. We think to ourselves, “It will always be there and it will always have what I want, when I want it.” So, some of us attend worship once a week, some twice a month, and, sadly, some of us only occasionally. We come to get something and to leave. If it is not there, we go somewhere else. Others of us treat the church like any ordinary social club, a PTA meeting, a family reunion, or a gathering of friends. We come expecting to talk about work, football, and the latest gossip. We do all of this because we are sinners to be sure, but also because we are products of the world around us.
5 Elements to an Effective Volunteer Agreement & Job Description. (via @wvanderbloemen) In the last couple of weeks I’ve had at least three convos with friends asking about this topic. Vanderbloemen delivers with their usual good insight.
Many church volunteers believe in and support the overall church vision, go through a membership or assimilation class, or even take spiritual gifts tests or volunteer training and still come out on the other side without a clear volunteer role in the church. So how can you get volunteers to be actively involved in service within your church and to clearly understand their volunteer role? The answer can actually be quite simple. Create a volunteer agreement and volunteer job descriptions.
The Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever. (via @premiumfunny) You might need to read this a couple of times before it sinks in (I had to), but I hope this really happened. Truly genius.