The Power of Serving
I wanted to give you an opportunity to hear the heart of one of our staff members, Tonya Zetterower. I know you’ll be encouraged by her heart for serving and the power of God that works through us as we follow the example of Jesus. Enjoy!
My name is Tonya. I have the amazing privilege of coordinating all of our volunteers that serve each Sunday. I’m excited to be able to share on our pastor’s blog why I’m passionate about serving and the huge impact we have as a church as we serve together as Connectors!
I have to say first that Jesus was the ultimate Connector! His purpose was to connect people to the Father. How did Jesus do that? The simple answer is – He met people’s needs.
Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
Here’s the cool part – we can do this too! As followers of Christ, we get to imitate Him and connect people to God. That’s why our first “win” as a Connector is: see a need – meet a need. Every Sunday people attend our church that are in need of connecting with God. I don’t know if they are like me or not, but Sunday morning seems to be that one morning when on the way to church every child in the car is crying, complaining or has spilled their juice on their clothes (Well for me having a teenager, it’s they’ve spilled their Starbucks on their clothes.) Mom is now fussing at everyone and dad is trying to tune it all out. You drive into the parking lot only to be greeted by a smiling face directing you where to park. It’s our goal that in the parking lot you begin sensing the love of God from our Connectors.
Everywhere Jesus went he went about doing good. By meeting people’s needs, He removed the barriers that would keep them from connecting with God. We get to do that every Sunday! What an awesome thing to know that by simply greeting someone, we may cause them to feel welcomed, loved, and ready to connect with the amazing God we serve!
Another “win” we have as Connectors is to always be the first.
I John 4:19 says, “We love him, because He first loved us.”
We take every opportunity to introduce ourselves first. We want to be the first to say, “Hello” or the first to invite people to join our connect group. When we reach out to people first, it lets them know we value them and care about them just like Jesus values us and cares for us. It lets people know it’s not about who they are or what they’ve done that causes us to care for them – we care for them because of Who God is! Every barrier we can remove by serving people causes them to move one step closer to connecting with Him!
Brandon often says, “From the parking lot to the pulpit, we are all preaching the same message – the message of Jesus!” As a church, everything we get to do for others is an opportunity to help remove barriers that would keep people from connecting with God. Because you served this year: 100 people received salvation, 76 people were baptized, 415 people signed up to join a connect group and 197 people signed up to be Connectors. Thank you for removing barriers and for connecting unbelievers to God and believers to each other!