Casting a weekly vision for your volunteers
Every Sunday at Lighthouse Church, we gather our volunteers, elder couples and early attenders 30 minutes prior to the start of the service for a small prayer “pow wow.”
This group is usually around 30 people. We all stand in a circle at the entrance of the church, and for roughly five minutes I briefly share the “Big Idea” of the morning. I want our church to know every week what our service is about and how it encourages both saints and sinners.
Then I talk about how the big idea is central for everything the volunteers are doing. For example, I speak to how our big idea encourages our greeters to love people well as they enter the room. Or I share how our big idea can encourage our worship team, tech team or our children’s workers to encounter God. This is a great opportunity to remind our church that volunteering isn’t just volunteering, it’s Kingdom ministry.
After I share, we all hold hands and pray as loud as we possibly can, proclaiming and declaring the salvation, joy and life that Jesus is going to bring during the service. I will usually calm the prayer down with a loud prayer thanking Jesus for his mercy. To finalize our time, we all put our hands into the circle (similar to a sports team) and count off, “Jesus on three! 1, 2, 3, JESUS!”
Although our demographic at church is younger, this quick prayer gathering and “hoorah” has been such an importance piece to casting vision at our church. Everyone knows where we are going and why—and we’ve noticed that 15 to 20 people come to the service early just to be part of it.
I encourage every pastor and leader to do something similar in your church. Too often our leaders and volunteers are segregated from and uninvolved in the overall vision of the pastor. This is one way to encourage your people to pray and to get pumped and excited for Jesus!