Andy Ott | Technical Director
Fall Community Groups are getting ready to launch in the next few weeks. Last week Brian wrote a blog post called “Moving Toward Community” where he talked about our need to buck our cultural trend of rugged individualism and to be intentional about getting into community. The primary way we do that at RADIUS is through our Community Groups.
I want to take a few minutes to write specifically about our Serve Teams and why we’ve listed them in our Community Groups catalog this year. This is a first for RADIUS and it’s a change that I am personally excited about.
One of my favorite parts of my job is working with our Volunteer Team leaders to make our Sunday morning experience a distraction-free environment where you and your family can encounter Jesus. In order to do that, it takes approximately 120 volunteers each weekend to serve our partners and guests from the time they drive onto our campus until they get back in their car to head to lunch. These volunteers do a great job of caring for nearly 1,000 people every weekend. For some volunteers, though, this is the only opportunity for community that they have each week.
Whether it is work schedules, recreational activities or other opportunities for impacting their “radiuses” with the love of Jesus, our Sunday morning volunteers have a variety of things that often prevent them from being part of a traditional community group. Our hope is that by shifting our Serve Teams focus slightly to better include an intentional community component this Fall, our volunteers will be better cared for and, in turn, will be better equipped to serve others.
We know that serving together is a great way to form community bonds. Statistically those who find a meaningful job or a meaningful relationship inside of a church family are more likely to “stick”. Transitioning our Serve Teams to being more intentional about building relationships and deepening community helps to fulfill both of those needs. Our deepest desire is that in serving others together, our Serve Team volunteers will also grow in Gospel community.
Several months ago we crafted a document called our “Theology of Service” that better explains why followers of Jesus need to serve others. I would commend that white paper to you as a further explanation as to why it’s good to serve together (PDF). As you consider how you might be brave and engage in community this Fall, take some time to consider a Serve Team. If you are already serving on a team and are looking for more opportunities to get into community, then consider jumping in to a traditional group – or consider what your role might look like in beginning to lead within the team on which you serve. The best way to start that process is to start a conversation with your team leader and let them know that you would like to know more about leading within the team.
Brian has said it many times before and I will echo it here, spiritual change does not occur in isolation. We need to be in community. Some of my deepest friendships have come from serving together with others on a team. As our sign-ups start on Sunday morning, be brave. Get into community. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
If you have any questions about the Serve Teams or if you need any guidance on where you might fit best, I’d love to talk to you. You can reach out to me here.