Having written yesterday's post about volunteer vs servant, I think we need to face a problem that I
think the church often has: low expectations. As church leaders, what are our expectations of members? Of volunteers or servants (whatever you call them)?
Do we ask people to serve on a committee and tell them, "You won't have to do much - the committee only meets once a year."?
Do we say, "Nobody will volunteer to do this" when the problem really is that we haven't asked anyone?
Do we not want to bother someone with a task because we think it will be too much or that it will be an imposition?
Believe me, I hate to ask people to take on a task in the church (or anywhere else). Having said that, I think we need to ask people to serve. I think we need to expect that they will serve - not out of guilt or duty, but because they have found that service is when they are closest to God. And if they haven't yet discovered that, then we need to make sure they have the opportunity to find out - it's part of "making disciples."