Volunteering?

I have never written a blog post before, so bear with me.  I had an interesting experience a few weeks ago that I’d like to share. Some background: I grew up attending a Lutheran church outside of Philadelphia. It was my grandmother’s church where she brought her children. Growing up, it was a vibrant, active church. Fast forward 45 years. I have attended with my parents off and on, and it was obvious that membership was dwindling. When my mom died 6 years ago, there were around 50 active members left. My dad died this year and there were maybe 25 active members. Here’s where my blog post begins.

For All Saints Sunday, they do a special service to remember those who have died the previous year, same as we do. Since my dad was their oldest member, and had done so much for the church over the years, they had a special remembrance for him.  We couldn’t attend in person, so we joined the service through Zoom. Yes, this 25-member church has figured out how to Zoom for their members who can’t attend. Not only that, but they presented a beautiful service with different members of the congregation participating in many ways. They had lectors, anthem singers, and other members helping. Here’s the reason for this post. How do they do it? How do they keep a church, yes, a very small one, running with 25 active members? If you follow the 20/80 rule, where 20% of the people do 80% of the work, they would have 5 people volunteering. But in their church, everyone has to take a role for it to continue. 

So, I pose some questions to you: How come we have such a difficult time getting volunteers? Are we asking you to do too much? Do you just want to come to church for Sunday worship? What would make it more attractive to you to volunteer? I need to understand why with so many active members, we can’t get help on Sunday mornings, with committees, in leadership roles, etc. This is an open forum for thoughts, and these are mine. As your Volunteer Steward, I’d love to hear from you to help me understand what I’m missing in inviting more participation at St. Peter’s. Imagine if 80% of OUR members played a role in the church! What a wonderful blessing that would be. 

For more information about ways to serve at St. Peter’s, click here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fVeQyvmq4O5N6mKFsnNacgEPTbGUIyu_ai7E90mCWzA/edit#gid=1

Or contact me directly at betsy.linn@stpeterslutheran.org to talk about ways that we can make volunteering more appealing in general or about specific ways that you can serve.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Betsy Linn

Volunteer Steward

Service to others is one of the best ways we can serve our God. By giving of our time, we can participate in helping with many of the tasks needed to create a ministry for our community. I feel blessed to be part of that community.

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