The Importance of Singles Serving in the Church
This subject matter is something that is truly important. It is one of the reasons especially that this “chosen generation ministry” was put together. We want the college and career age people to find where they fit in the local church. Being in this category myself, I have a few things I believe that singles are completely capable in doing in our local churches today. The first thing I would like to talk about is availability. Being available is something that is important when it comes to serving in the church.
I believe that many young single people in churches today fail in making themselves available when it comes to giving their time to their local church. The question is why do young singles allow themselves not to be available to their church? There are many answers to this question. I think one of the big reasons young singles don't make themselves available is because it takes them out of their comfort zone. Nobody likes to be put in an uncomfortable position. It is natural too for people to give themselves a cop-out to avoid things that they are uncertain about. When you have this kind of mentality you never will know whose life you could touch through God. There are young singles in churches that I see having potential to do big things to God. However, they will never reach that potential if they don't get out of their comfort zone.
When I think of someone who had to get out of his comfort zone my mind goes to Moses. When God came to Moses in the burning bush, we see that Moses had doubts. In Exodus 3 we see that Moses kept coming up with excuses on why he was not adequate to do the job that God wanted him to do. We see that Moses tried to question God (Ex 3:11). He said, “Do you know who I am.” Many times, we try to get out of things because of our past. Like God is not aware of what we have done! Then we see that Moses questions the authority on who was sending him (Ex 3:13). There are times that we know God is burdening us to help more and we know that He is convicting us to do more for Him, but we often try to fight it. Moses was aware that he was having a divine meeting with God, yet he was still trying to get out of it. Lastly, we see Moses trying to say that he was not a good speaker (Ex 4:10). Again, he was talking to God. God knew all that Moses was capable of.
How many times are we like Moses when we continue to give ourselves excuses as to why we cannot do something. We all know that when Moses finally got out of his comfort zone, he was able to do something big for God. We will never know what we can do for God until we give all our doubts over to Him. When we make ourselves available, we will be able to invest in people's life, and we will be a blessing to our pastors. It always brings encouragement to a pastor when young people have the fire and willingness to get involved in the ministry. Also, it shows younger children that there will be a place for them to serve in the church as they get into the young adult age.
What are some ways that we can get involved in the ministry? This may be different for every church depending on what ministries are available. One thing that any young single can do is work around the church, such as cleaning the church. Any young single can go door knocking, help on a bus/van route, in VBS, or in a Sunday school class. Something to remember about serving in some of these areas is that we need to be sure that we have a solid relationship with God. If we are faithful to Him, we can have an opportunity to serve in these capacities and places of leadership. There is a place for all those who desire serving in the church, but we need to be willing to give our insecurities over to God. The more you allow yourself to get out of your comfort zone the more your comfort zone will expand. Allow God to expand your faith and your comfort zone at the same time!