Over Easter I was approached by one of the elders in the church who was serving as a greeter that day. He stated that he was very thankful for what our safety team does for the security of the church. He said that he notices how well we all communicate and seem to just move and flow around the parts of the church meeting and greeting different people and just helping when needed. He said that it is evident that we all work well together. He is not alone in sharing his appreciation for our service to the church
I know that many of you have shared with me around the country how your church appreciates what you are doing. Appreciation is good and I also recognize that many of you are struggling to get going and have the support of your church’s leadership. I have had conversations with some of you at conferences and even some on our own security team that may not feel that things are going the way they want, that leadership is not doing this or that, that there is no appreciation for what they are doing but they feel like it is constant resistance. One thing that I regularly communicate is by asking a question that I have had to ask myself. “WHY AM I SERVING?” I serve because I am called in my heart to protect the sheep. No matter what, I am there to protect the sheep. If I was there for any other reason, then I would have to quit.
Nothing comes easy and honestly for our church and team to be where it is at has been an 11-year adventure of training and equipping that never ends. For security reasons I won’t give specifics about my church here, but I can say that we have a great group of selfless men and women that have a desire to serve the people that walk through our doors. With 4 campuses we have a rather large team serving and I can confidently say that I don’t know one person that serves with any sort of pride or arrogance, but with a heart for the people they serve.
So, what does this training look like:
IT IS VITAL TO REMEMBER: YOU DON’T RISE TO THE OCCASION; YOU SINK TO THE LEVEL OF YOUR TRAINING. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO TRAIN?
Let’s go back to the appreciation piece. When you train consistently with the people that you serve with, you have an appreciation and trust that they are going to act and behave in a way that brings a resolution to a situation and honor to God. I have been part of the team from the beginning and there are others that have served for many years. While other ministries might have a turnover of people, we have cultivated a community of Sheepdogs that have service for the sheep in their hearts. For that I am truly appreciative of! I know they have my back and are my partners as I do and am for them.
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