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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 7 – Bill Hybels

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Myth 7: Volunteerism is a One way Deal — All Output, No Returns, No Rewards

Quite commonly, a senior pastor will say to me, “Bill, our people are busy, they work hard in the market place, they’re raising kids, they’re doing stuff in the community. I just couldn’t ask them to do more than that.” And something starts boiling in me. Because what those pastors are really telling me is that they don’t want to ask their people to put serving towels over their arms and step up to volunteering for the cause of Christ in the local church because they fear it will diminish the quality of their lives. It will add one more stress to already stressed-out people. It will put yet another burden on the backs of people who are already hunched over from carrying too many burdens. I can’t tell you how much I disagree with that position.

Volunteerism done right, volunteerism done biblically, wisely, and in the power of the Holy Spirit will not diminish the quality of a person’s life. It will do precisely the opposite! Volunteerism done right will dramatically and often radically, positively transform a person’s life. Inviting a person into servanthood in the cause of Christ is often one of the kindest, most life giving, joy-producing, spiritually-enriching opportunities you can offer somebody. Volunteerism done right will add immeasurably to the quality of the people in your congregations’ lives. Volunteerism done right will grow people’s faith, deepen their trust, stretch their skills, enrich their relationships, increase their joy and last, but hardly least, it will set them up for the commendation every sincere Christ follower wants to hear at the end of their time here on planet Earth: “Well done, son. Well done, daughter. You loved me, you served people, you used your gifts, you made a difference in this fallen world. Way to go!”

Is there anything better than that?

Bill Hybels

Adapted from Willow Magazine 2004

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