If your ministry is like most churches, chances are that, every Sunday, faithful believers in your congregation miss worship regularly because they’re busy serving somewhere else. Whether they’re volunteering in the nursery with infants, teaching toddlers, or helping keep the facilities and Sunday morning logistics running smoothly, every week there are likely a good number of folks within your body who are too busy serving others to be served themselves.
“Yeah, I Missed Church. I Was Serving In The Back.”
Put yourself in their shoes. How do you feel the week after you miss church? If you’re like me at all, you probably feel a little off. Sunday Morning worship is much like an encouraging half time talk that provides direction and counsel for the remainder of the following events, whether they be the second half of a sporting contest or the beginning of a new week. Without that enriching gathering time before the next big thing arrives, it’s easy to feel out of sorts, directionless, and even somewhat off.
So what can your church do to minister to those who regularly say, “Yeah, I missed worship. I was serving in the back this week.”
Imagine this: Monday morning rolls around and you missed worship yesterday morning because you were rocking babies and changing diapers for a few hours. You get up early to go through your morning routine before your kids get up and, like always, you check your email. You notice a message from the Senior Pastor of your church thanking you for giving up your time yesterday to serve others.
That was awful nice of him. But wait, your eyes notice something else…
The note goes on to to include a few links. The first shares a video of the message that you missed yesterday. The next link is a much shorter video that runs only about 2 minutes and contains the main thesis of the sermon. Put differently, it’s a sort of highlight clip of the talk. The email then concludes with a warm “Thanks again!” and you find yourself clicking play on the longer video while you begin to crack open a few eggs to prepare breakfast.
Imagine the encouragement such a note would bring to so many within your church every week. Beyond the encouragement, think about the impact that catching up on your service would have for those who, at that point, likely would have gone at least 8 days without receiving much Christian edification. Such an effort wouldn’t take much time and would mean such a great deal to so many within your body.
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Perhaps it would be worthwhile to consider whether live streaming might be a thoughtful way that your ministry could serve those in your midst who are regularly too busy serving others to serve themselves.
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Brett Bzdafka is a former Pastor and Bible Professor, Brett has a BA from the Moody Bible Institute and MDiv from Columbia International University. As Church Development Manager at BoxCast, a live video streaming company founded and led by believers, Brett enjoys connecting with church leaders and enabling them to spread their ministry beyond the walls of their church through technology.