I’m known as a man who doesn’t ask twice when asking for ministry help. I believe that working for our Lord is a privilege. When someone refuses an opportunity to serve the Lord, I don’t offer it again because I feel that doing so would cheapen the Lord’s ministry. I’d rather have my ministry undone than cheapened.
Serving the Lord is a privilege granted only to God’s children. It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve the Creator of the universe and the Savior of mankind, no matter how trivial a specific task might seem. Serving in the church kitchen on Sundays is such a privilege. It’s something to be received with gratitude, not avoided.
Our church members are well aware of this and serve in the kitchen as if they are serving the Lord. The kitchen ministry team does their utmost to serve the best food at the lowest cost because they feel they are serving the king’s people.
Each house church takes a turn and serves in the kitchen every 3 or 4 months. This is a good opportunity to befriend other house church members. It also provides an opportunity for those who only attend house church meetings and not Sunday worship services to visit the church and get acquainted with it.
I know that some church members aren’t interested in serving in the church kitchen because sometimes I see only the shepherd and his spouse serving there. Some members come to serve but spend most of their time chatting at the tables with other church members. Others come late or leave early and making it harder on the rest of the serving members. But these people are exceptions.
I think that people become negligent in serving in the kitchen due to a lack of communication. They don’t know exactly when to come, what to do, and how to do it. To help this, our deacons are taking turns being in charge of the kitchen ministry team on Sundays. New guidelines are being written in which the kitchen duties are explicitly spelled out so that there’s less confusion about what to do and how to do it. Guidelines for shepherds will be put in their mailboxes a week before their house church’s turn to serve so that their house church members are well prepared when they come.
I pray that serving in the kitchen is seen as a privilege rather than a duty for our church members and that they serve gladly, not begrudgingly.
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