Lately, I've been wondering if the volunteers at church are too busy. What do I mean by that? Well, we are a smaller church, which means that many, many people are on the list to do many, many different things. It would not be uncommon for someone to serve in nursery one week, serve coffee and cookies the next week, and sing on praise team or be an usher the week after that. For some people, their name is on a different volunteer schedule every week. Sometimes more than one schedule in a given week.
I've been wondering lately, would it be better for our star cookie bakers to serve us more often in that ministry, and take themselves off the ushering list? Would it be better for most friendly and outgoing people to focus on greeting guests every week, and stop baking cookies (since they don't like baking anyway)?
As I write this, I sort of secretly hope that those leading these ministries at my church ... don't find this post. I'm afraid they will panic if they find out I've suggested people do less at church. But that's not what I'm suggesting. Rather, I'm suggesting that people do more — more of what they are gifted to do, which means more of what it is they do that blesses others and the church the most.
So, your turn. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
What is it like at your church? Are volunteers encouraged to get involved in many ways, or focus on a smaller number of ministries?
What do you think about doing more of one thing, and less of doing everything? Good idea or off the mark?