Our team leader used to mention birthdays from the front in the early days
Reference: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV
Explore: When I first started in church ministry I was a part of a team of ministers leading a medium sized church.
It was suggested by a congregation member that we mention birthdays during the announcements at the beginning of the service.
This was quickly shut down by our team leader. Having been brought up in a small church I was surprised at his harsh judgement of something that could have brought greater connection amongst the congregation. But I was soon to discover why.
Our team leader used to mention birthdays from the front in the early days, however, he soon discovered that it hurt people more than celebrated special occasions. If someone was mentioned but another person was forgotten then there was a call for pastoral care and many apologies to make up for it.
After a number of these occasions our team leader felt it was better not to honour people’s special occasions in case someone missed out.
Application: I totally appreciate where our team leader was coming from, but found it quite sad. It was sad that people could only appreciate that which was given directly to them.
That’s not what it is to be in community. When we are connected to others then our celebrations are their celebrations. And when they are honoured we, too, are honoured.
I must say I need to work on my community too. Often I feel left out or not as special as others. But if I was to truly see our church community as the body of Christ, then I would be more likely to have a more holistic approach to the other members.
Let’s make sure we celebrate and honour each other as much as possible and then, in turn, to feel pride in the whole body.
Prayer: Lord, our society today seems more individualistic than ever. That’s not how You designed us. Help us to understand what true community is and work towards building it in our own world. Amen.
How can you help build community within your networks?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.