I’m writing this from Perth as I am over here due to my father’s decline in health. I received a series of phone calls indicating it was important for me to be with my family during this time. The scenario is one I’ve known was coming for over five years but it truly meant dropping everything and getting on the next flight.
Despite being in a technological era with Northside set up with a VPN, cloud systems and so forth, I still can’t telecommute for Sunday worship (although I believe this has been done many times in other churches!)
As I was on the flight out of Sydney I reflected on the tremendous team of volunteers I have the privilege of serving with. It’s their dedication and hard work that allows us to enjoy a worshipful atmosphere on a weekly basis. It’s also their dedication and hard work that has allowed me to focus on my family during this time and not be divided in my attention.
Our volunteers are some of the most loyal and committed individuals I’ve ever worked with, and Northside is the beneficiary of their sacrifice. My father always told me many hands make light work. Churches and not-for-profits seem to struggle with only a few people doing the majority of the work. I’ve noticed it doesn’t seem to be the case at Northside however I do wonder how many gifted and capable people are in our midst that could be making a difference?
The Apostle Paul addressed the issue of participation in the body of Christ. He wrote to the Corinthian church and explained there
is one body (of Christ) with many parts (people). It’s worth reading 1 Cor 12:12-31 if you haven’t checked it out for a while. It reminds us that we all have a role to play in God’s Kingdom.
If you would like to serve or just chat about the possibilities for getting involved at Northside, please speak to one of the ministry team today.