This last Sunday I have been convicted of something I swore I would never become.....a pew warmer.
I was very active at my church in Cortland - I helped out in nursery, junior church, played piano for the kid's choir, and played the piano for services. Now that I attend a larger church, one where it is easy to blend into the crowd, I have slacked off. My excuses about it being a new church (I have been a member for a year), and there is no room for me to help out the ministry because of it's massive size, just do not cut it anymore.
Joseph and I were asked a few months ago to work on developing a young marrieds Sunday school class with another couple and my heart has not been in it. The class does not seem to be organizationally coming together. I was content just to come to services and a Bible Study every Wednesday and as a result, I have apathetically approached this new ministry.
Too often, this mentality plagues our church members and there ends up being only three or four loyal families who are willing to be involved in church ministries. As a member of a local church, it is our duty to support the ministry in any way possible - bathing the church and its pastors in prayer, financially contributing to the church, and yes, even finding a ministry in which to be involved. The church can not be successful unless its members pull themselves together and be willing to have our busy lives "inconvenienced" every once in a while.
As for me, I have given a lot of thought to this over the past week and have determined that I am done being a pew warmer. I'm ready to fully commit to this young couple's class because I know I will be blessed by what God has in store for this ministry.