In Praise of Volunteers!
Noah's 1/2 Day Camp ended last night in singing, a skit, unveiling a mural, announcing a $1,000 raised toward a camp in Egypt, a grand ice cream social on the patio and clean-up. It was not a week without its challenges and problems. No camp of this size would be problem free. But what I noticed at the end of the week was the faithful and positive attitude of volunteers (some of whom do not even attend MCC) who gave up an entire week to come and pour themselves into the lives of children and students.
That's where the real health is in a church! I'm a paid staff person and appreciate beyond words that staff that support ministries of MCC. But at the end of the day, it's really not about us, but about those who give themselves freely to serve Jesus in all sorts of ways and capacities; from getting up early and driving across town to pick up kids who have no transportation available to those who bake cookies, play instruments twice a day in a mini-concert.
In the quite (really, really quiet) of this morning at church, I am praying that I am a kind of pastor who encourages volunteers and not discourages them.