The Tip of the Iceberg
I was thinking the other day that church is like an iceberg. The top 10% of the iceberg – the portion visible above the surface – is worship on Sunday morning. It’s the staff and pastors and band. It’s the folks at the front door, and the ushers who help you find a seat. But what most don’t realize is that 90% of church is unseen.
Sunday worship is not the only thing God commands us to do. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) Jesus came to earth to serve others; we are like Him when we respond to the calling God puts on our hearts.
Each week, it takes more than 100 volunteers to run all the programs and outreach at Ebenezer. This is the 90% of the iceberg that is below the surface. It’s the Trustees, Staff Parish Relations Committee, and Lay Leadership Committee. It’s the folks who label the Stonemaker newsletters, prepare meals at homeless shelters, and deliver firewood in the winter.
Each ministry needs folks to share their time and talents. 1 Peter 4:1 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Whether it’s mentoring teens, volunteering in Sunday school, working in the cafe, mixing in the sound booth, singing in the band or choir, or greeting someone at the door, we need your help!
If you’re not sure how to get started, stop by and see me at the Connection Desk on Sunday morning or email me at [email protected]. You can also find more information about serving opportunities at Ebenezer and in the community at ebenezerumc.org/volunteer.
I look forward to serving with you!
Crissy Sharon, Director of Connections