As we all move forward in our preparations for the 2014 SGT Ministry Expo, it is important that we keep in mind the two strong purposes underpinning the Expo in the first place.
Sure, I hope the day will be full of fun, and food, and great fellowship. And I hope that each ministry will be showcased in a way that we can all be proud of. But there are two major purposes for the Expo, two reasons we want people to see the ministries of SGT showcased in an excellent fashion.
The first reason is that each individual in our congregation will consider where they should be serving in ministry, make contact with that ministry, and begin the process of getting involved in that ministry. The second reason is that people will discover ministries that can help them in some aspect of their lives, particularly in their walk with God.
So, the two purposes of the Expo are to enlist people into ministry and to make ministry available to those in need. The second purpose is always with us. We are always trying to make ourselves available to minister to others. But the second purpose can be kind of a challenge.
What is the path?
Here are some questions to help you see the importance of the first purpose mentioned above.
1) How can someone get involved in your ministry? Can they? Is your ministry open to any qualified person who might present themselves to you at the Expo saying, “I really want to come alongside of you and serve in your area”?
2) If your answer is “Yes,” what are the qualifications a person needs in order to do what you are doing or at least to help you do what you do? Are those qualifications written down so that they can be made clear to potential ministry recruits at the Expo? If a potential recruit is to call a certain number or show up at a particular event to observe, etc., will someone answer when they call? When they show up to observe, will there be a formal process to facilitate their further progress into your ministry?
3) If your ministry is NOT open to new, qualified people, is there a valid reason? Is your ministry free of social barriers or cliques that would prevent new people from becoming part of what God is doing through you and your ministry? Is your ministry based on calling and qualification rather than personality types or prior social connections? (NOTE: Truthfully, it is hard for me to imagine that there is not some way to involve new people into every ministry but I suppose it is possible that there could be a valid reason that a ministry would be closed to new involvement. I think it would have to be a really good one!)
Family, Team, and Army
One of the things that I am always proud to say to those who attend Catch The Vision, is that any person who wants to come in and be a healthy part of the SGT family, team, and army will be welcomed to do so. I love that about SGT! I believe that about SGT!! One of the ways we perpetuate that reality is by opening our arms and our hearts to new people who want to serve the Lord at SGT.