I believe service is what will separate the wheat from the tares. Doing a survey for my trade guild I learn that those who say they do not have time to serve complain the most. Don’t we see the same thing in the church? Those most critical of church leaders are those who don’t serve.
It is discouraging to see fewer and fewer youth doing service. A friend told me in his volunteer fire department, an alarm called for 8 volunteers, but only 2 showed up. That’s a scary thought. A lack of commitment and service, in this case, could cost lives.
We are seeing the same thing in the Chamber of Commerce. Members want certain benefits of membership, but unless we have people volunteering to help, it just doesn’t happen. The benefit comes from serving each other.
I guess I’m in a foul mood today. Saturday’s 2 out of 8 people showing up on time, and then 1 considerably late for doing service has me a bit ticked. Then, to read comments in the survey for my trade guild only makes me more angry.
You can’t have your cake and eat it too in a volunteer organization unless you get out and help. Granted, the church really isn’t a “volunteer” organization. Things are done by calling and assignment by those in authority. Nonetheless, when someone accepts an assignment, they have an obligation to be there. And, if something comes up, they have an obligation to find someone to fulfill their assignment.
Business Volunteer Organizations
Business volunteer organizations are there to help business owners help each other succeed. Anyone who thinks they can come along for a free ride is mistaking. It’s like our network group. You can’t expect to show up and have referrals handed to you. You have to work at finding referrals to hand out. “Givers Gain” is the motto of one such referral group.
In our guild there are some young folks who whine and cry about us not having webinars. Well, folks, who is going to produce, record and manage those webinars? Webinars don’t just happen.
Then, they expect this stuff to be ‘free’ or cheaply priced. Again, you can’t have ‘free’ or ‘cheap’ unless you have people volunteering to help. Without service, everything comes with a premium price. It’s supply and demand. If the workers are few, the cost goes up.