A conversation in Church Council stuck out to me yesterday. One of our Trustees, Harvey Humes, was lamenting that we paid a couple hundred bucks to some hired labor to cut up our dead refrigerator and haul out of the kitchen. He remarked that “it used to be easier to find people around the church to do that sort of thing.” Steve Griffiths, our Church Council Chair, remarked that he thinks people are willing, we just aren’t organized to implement some of these projects. In other words, Harvey doesn’t know who he can call on who might be willing to help with occasional tasks like this. When the church used to be a bit larger and a bit more of a culture in and of itself, it probably was easier to know who was available when and for what so that things could get done efficiently by people who wanted to serve the church with their time and talents. People are pretty busy with probably 10 times as many extra-curricular activities than people used to have available to them—but everyone has the sense that there are those in the church who remain willing—and are perhaps even looking for ways they might be of service without feeling qualified to “serve a committee” or work on programming. So, that got me thinking—perhaps we need some “Work teams” who will be willing to be called on by some of the programming committees (those who report to the Church Council)—kind of a “second layer” of the functionality of our existing structure, and a list of people who can be called by a committee member or staff person to help with this or that project or area. I see cause for the following “teams,” perhaps there are others.
Workhorses: people able for lifting, moving, hauling a wide assortment of stuff in/out/around the church
Kitchen Trolls: people willing to attend to the refrigerators on Sundays so that anything unmarked with purpose and date is disposed of. Make sure kitchen counters are not gathering junk.
Welcome Wagoneers: people willing to be contacted by a number of committees (most likely Evangelism/Witness, Worship, Care and Nurture) who will help facilitate the little things help extend our hospitality to guests at the church.
Where’s Waldos: people willing to come to the office during the week, look at attendance registries, determine who we’re missing, and relay that information onto the pastor and Blessed Tie Binders. (see below)
Blessed Tie Binders: people willing to go and visit some of the lovely people we have in the church who aren’t able to be with us in worship for one reason or another.
Ushers: This time-tested team of terrific talent continues to welcome volunteers to hand out bulletins, offer assistance in finding a seat on Sundays, and handle the offering plates.
St. Christopher Squad: Okay—can you tell by now that I’m watching “Mad Men?” This team has also been together for a number of years, but perhaps it’s the name “Van drivers” that just isn’t exciting new people enough to volunteer. Do you know the legend of St. Christopher? He was a huge man who was instructed by a monk to serve Jesus by carrying people across a river in which there had been a lot of accidents. One day, a little child comes up and asks for a ride. As they go into the water, Christopher feels like the child is made of lead and the river is going to sweep them both away. When they get across, he put the child down and said, “You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were.” The child replied: “You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but Him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work.” The child then vanished. Members of the St. Christopher Squad also serve Christ by carrying Christ not on their back, but in the back of a van.
Parking Pharisees: Game-days take a few people to watch carefully, take money, and be sure everything is in order in our parking lot. Pharisees are good at this kind of thing. The first game of the season yielded close to $2000 for missions through our congregation. They can use extra help!
Artists in Residence: Several committees can sometimes use the help of people who have an “eye for design.” From flyers or bulletin boards that need designing to “worship environments,” to stage setup or VBS decorations, your willingness to help get the right look helps us communicate more effectively.