I was at a conference several years ago, where the speaker was sharing about growing his church from a few families to nearly four-hundred. I remember him saying that he still had a vacuum with his name on it in the church. I thought it was a great reminder that we as pastors must never feel that we are above doing simple tasks needed to keep the church running.
I was reminded of this in the past week, as the first snows of winter came to our church. I was out in front of the church shoveling the walks, as we prepared for a party. I shoveled, so everyone could get into the church safely. It has just been a part of being the minister, who lives on site. However, I know of churches that have decided to let their pastor move to a home off the church property, and some of them have had to adjust to the need for someone to shovel.
I am not saying that we as pastor’s should be the only people doing the cleaning or shoveling the walks. However, we should be willing to do our part in serving the church in this capacity. We may have limitations in what we can do, but working alongside of our church members can be a blessing. It also says a lot to the average church attendee to see that we are willing to work and not merely tell others to work.
So the next time your faced with cleaning the church, or shoveling the walks. Remember that you are doing your part to be in the community you are ministering to.