Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.  Colossians 3:23


       I have been writing about the importance of creating a Christ-honoring church culture.  I’ve written about a culture of evangelism and discipleship (Great Commission), a culture of prayer, a culture of grace and honoring others, and a culture of servanthood.  Today I would like to consider having a “Culture of Excellence.”  God gave His best for us and we should give Him our best in serving Him in and through His church.  In light of God’s goodness and grace towards us, we don’t want to have a “good enough” attitude towards the things of God.  Only our very best is worthy of the Lord. 

       Having a culture of excellence involves (individually and as a church body) doing our very best with what the Lord has given to us in spiritual gifts, abilities, people, resources and facilities.  I’ve been to churches in third-world countries that had limited resources and facilities, and yet they served with excellence with what they had.  I want to encourage those who volunteer in whatever capacity to be faithful in whatever area you have agreed to serve.  If you are on a council or team, be faithful in your attendance and participation (He is worth it).  If you are a teacher or leader, be faithful in teaching or leading (He is worth it).  If you are a Greeter, Nursery worker, or dishwasher, do each task as unto the Lord (He is worth it).  Let’s avoid absentee service, making excuses, and grumblings (He is worth it).   

       Now, I recognize that sometimes we ask people to serve in positions in which they do not feel adequate.  As church leadership, we certainly have a responsibility (Ephesians 4:12) to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.  Most people need some training and equipping.  If you feel like you need help in your area of service, please let us know.  Sometimes, we put people in positions out of necessity but that is never a good strategy.  Our aim is to place people in the areas of their giftedness and ensure they are equipped to succeed.  Equipping saints is not optional (it is a biblical mandate). 

      As we pursue a culture of excellence, we must at the same time commit to being an equipping church that seeks to cultivate and develop people’s gifts so they can serve with excellence.  If you aren’t serving with excellence, first you should repent and then possibly explore other areas to serve.  The Nominating Team is about to begin working on positions for next year and I’m sure they would be willing to help you find a position of service that will allow you to use your gifts with excellence.  I sometimes need a gracious reminder that I am working “as for the Lord” and He is worth my very best!  Blessings!               

                                                                                                                       Bro. Harold