So I was asked to lead a Ministry Training at Beechwood Baptist this morning. I was teaching a new crew how to run and manage the sound system for church events. I was honored by the request and I wanted to make it the best that I could. I wanted to really empower the people that were attending the training to be able to do really well in this ministry. To focus on God’s calling us into ministry and into Christian service. Looking at 2 Timothy 1:8-, God points out His desires.
“So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the Gospel, relying on the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, with was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” (HCSB)
I urged the volunteers to remember that they were not there for just a simple reason. That God has peaked their interest. Whether they just enjoyed music, maybe they were interested in running sound and were never given the chance, or even if they just wanted to be used by God and this was the first opportunity that they heard about. Any way that you look at it, it was God’s doing. Again, not according to our own works, but according to His own purpose and grace…
So then, there was a freedom to enjoy. A freedom to get to just play for a while. To turn a bunch of knobs or move sliders just to see what would happen. Does that mean that the sound might need a lot more adjustment in the morning? Probably, but it is worth it to see people that were excited to be there before the training and as they got to play around and reset everything, and let them see how things work and how things can be changed just by the slightest adjustment.
I saw smiles on faces just because of the opportunity that they were being given. Sometimes it takes handing someone responsibility and trust before they see how freeing it is. Pretty much all ministry is like that.
As I mentioned before, I was and continue to be honored by helping behind the scenes at my church. There is a beautiful freedom in ministry there. I’m not sure if anyone there would read this, but if they do. Thank you.