Our hope is to see the values and characteristics of Servolution forming a culture within our churches, homes, jobs, and individual lives. We want to see the heart of serving integrated into our DNA. Our view of the world and the needs of those around us should come through the perspective of serving.
An important thing to remember about culture is that it is not established overnight. It does take time and the longer a certain culture is established in your church the deeper rooted it becomes. I encourage you as you are on this journey to change the culture and DNA of your church to listen and follow what God has for your church. He has placed you there as a leader or pastor for a reason, and it is important to make sure you are doing what the Lord has for you.
As in most things in life, culture is largely determined by leaders. Think about your work place. Whether you have a leader that is committed to working hard or one that is all about fun, eventually you will find that the people they are leading will start to do the same. The same thing can be said about serving. If you want to change the culture of your church to one that is focused on serving, the senior pastor must be the first and most committed to that vision for the church.
It is very important the lead pastor not be the only one to transfer the church vision and culture of serving. The leaders and staff of the church must also understand and see the value Biblically in not only serving the community, but also having a church that lives this lifestyle.
Life is challenging. When trying to change or tweak the direction that your church is headed, sometimes you might hit a bump in the road. Remember that everything in life has its ups and down. Just stay faithful and the Lord will bless your commitment. For the times that the wall seems too big to climb or that you are not moving like you would like to as a church, look to others for encouragement. The Servolution network is a group of churches doing the same thing you are doing. And we are here to talk about challenges and trials as well as share successes.
1) Jesus did. Our goal as Christians is to become more like Christ every day. As we study God's Word, we learn about Jesus and the way He lived. Because Jesus loved people, He served them to show them His love for them (John 13). Our goal is the same, to serve people so they would also come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.
2) The Church and its purpose are best expressed outside its walls. We can't sit inside and wait for the world to come to us. We've got to get out into our communities and show people that we care and that there is a God who wants to heal them.
3) Serving is a tangible expression of the love of God for lost humanity. Words can't always fix our pain. People may know that God loves them, but maybe they haven't ever experienced God's love for them in a practical way. We can be a testimony to others of what God can do in their life by serving them!
4) Serving makes us irresistible to the world. When people see our genuine love for others, they can't help but be drawn to it. Many times serving can be a way to start conversation with people and open a door to share God’s love.
5) A simple act of service can tear down barriers and opens hearts. A kind word goes a long way. You never know what someone may be going through. Handing someone a bottle of water or a hot meal may be just what they need for God to soften their heart and open their mind to hear about the truth.
There are lots of great resources to help you get inspired and help create the DNA of servanthood in your church and community. Below are just a few books that can help you along your way.
• Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns
• Servolution by Dino Rizzo
• Love Revolution by Joyce Meyer
• The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett
• The Poor Will be Glad by Peter Greer & Phil Smith
• Serving With Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore
• When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
• Weird by Craig Groeschel
• Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
• The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World by Heather Zydek
• Jesus Style by Gayle D Erwin
• Jesus-Style by Gayle Erwin
• Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren
• The Externally-Focused Church by Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson
• In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
• In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
• Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider
• Orphans, Widows, the Poor and Oppressed by Derek Prince
• In His Steps by Charles Sheldon
• Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas