Have you ever hit the help key? Have you ever posted, or responded to, a Help Wanted sign? These help requests don’t always get our attention. However, there is something instinctive about responding to a real cry for help. But a desire to help isn’t always matched by knowing what to do.
Every ministry, beginning with your local church, is the collective effort of helpers. Why this ministry is worth helping was the subject of last week’s posts. Here are practical ways to help. The “Top 10” is just an eye-catcher! There are many, many ways to help. As you might guess, I’ll arrange some of these around the headings of time, talent, treasure, love, and vulnerability.
One way to help is time. That can mean being a mission volunteer, but that would include time and treasure. Time can include prayer for the ministry, mission teams, and mission volunteers. Time can include ‘extra’ hands for mail outs, packing mission supplies, and promoting ROW events. Time is necessary to share ministry opportunities on Facebook, email, church small groups, etc.
Talent is applicable in many ways. One thing I do for every mission volunteer group is assess the team’s skills and let that shape the work of the mission team. Talent isn’t just for the mission field. Many people use their talents to help here at home. A jeweler makes prayer pendents and keychains (Web Store) to help us fund missions and evangelism. Others help with graphic design, curriculum development, fund raising, mission admininstration, and much more. My phone rings and someone says, “How can I help?” I’ve yet to lack a response! Try it.
Treasure is the stereotype. Everyone thinks giving is the only thing we need. It’s important, but it’s not the only thing. And there multiple ways to give. The DONATE tab at the top of this page is a vital way to help. Large gifts help us cover large items. Monthly giving lets us plan and budget like everyone else. The new Member’s Section will include helps for those of you who teach in your church’s small groups or Sunday Schools. Other things will be there as well. When we open it, just look for the Subscribe Now button. This is one way we can help you to help us. More tomorrow!
Soli Deo Gloria!