Learn more about your unique giftedness from God and how to share that gift with others. Take 15 minutes to complete the Gifted to Serve Discovery! This will help you discover your spiritual gifts, your passions, and your ministry style in order to have a positive impact on others. Serving within your giftedness will help you to be more motivated, competent, and confident in your serving.
There are certain people in every organization who are willing to do whatever is necessary to support the mission. Sometimes we call them “foot soldiers,” “workhorses,” or “worker bees.” Just based on the words we use to describe them; can you tell they are underappreciated?
I’m talking about the helpers. These are people endowed with the spiritual gifts of helping.
These are the people who will do anything that needs doing, require no credit or recognition, and are often found behind the scenes.
The Church can’t function without helpers!
Here is how we define the gift of helping:
Helpers assist others to accomplish the work of God. These unsung heroes work behind the scenes and attend to details that others would rather not be bothered with. Helpers function faithfully, regardless of the credit or attention they receive. Helpers provide the framework upon which the ministry of the body of Christ is built.
The key to effective ministry leadership is an empowered follower who can offer support and organization to the front line. Without gifted helpers, few churches have what it takes to maintain growing, effective ministry. Helping should be regarded as a valuable gift in and of itself. Too often we move gifted helpers to leadership positions where they do no function as well.
A great Biblical example of some with the gift of helping is Mary Magdalene. Not only does she follow Jesus, but she provided resources for the disciples out of her own belongings. Mary is known for many things, but she might be most known for being the first to see Jesus after his resurrection. And what was she doing? She was helping. She was making herself available to take care of his body and prepare him for burial. Did she expect to be recognized for this? No. Did she know that this interaction would go down in history? No. Upon his resurrection, Jesus asked for her help again to spread the good news of conquering death. Did she know that the simple act of helping would spread the Christian faith to millions of people? Probably not!
Without Mary Magdalene’s spiritual gift of helping, we may not know about the good news of Jesus today.
Helping in scripture:
“These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.” – Mark 15:41 (NRSV)
“as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.” – Luke 8:2-3 (NRSV)
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.” – Romans 16:1-2 (NRSV)
“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.’ – 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NRSV)
These are just a few ways you can serve at Trietsch with the gift of helping:
- Butterfly Ministry Volunteer
- Check-in Greeter
- Nursery Hugger and Rocker
- Photographer/ Photo Organizer
- Coffee & Donuts
- Info Desk
- Food Coordinator
If you have questions about spiritual gifts, where you can serve, or how your gift can be used outside of Trietsch, email Denise Robinson at email@example.com.