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Utilizing Servant Events

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Give the people in your congregation and community the chance to serve in a one-day servant event and make a big difference! Here's how one church did it.

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Introduction: A one-day servant event might be just the right opportunity for your congregation to use their talents and make a difference in your community.

Summary: Long-term, distant mission trips can present financial and time constraints that prevent people from serving. People still have a heart to serve. A one-day event allows them to use their different areas of ability, expertise, and interest.

How a one-day event is organized:

  • Establish leadership team
  • Start early and learn from other churches that have done this
  • Look for a wide variety of experiences; examples:
    • Full day or half day
    • Hands-on (weeding, building fence)
    • Less mobile people can make blankets
    • Deliver blankets
    • Sing or visit at nursing home
    • Put together dinner kits for food pantries
  • Find organizations to partner with
  • Create a list (note where special skills are needed; even “ability to stand for a long period of time”)
  • Introduce to church appropriately (sermon series leads up to event; we are loved people of God and sent to the people in our community)
  • Celebration service provides closure

Tips for starting:

  • Used Serve St. Louis website for electronic registration; there are other organizations like this
  • Leadership team is important
  • Consistency is key (registration is same weekend every year; event is same weekend every year)
  • Find projects you know your people will love to use their skill sets with

Thought Starters:

  • Is there someone in our church who’d have a passion for providing a one-day serving experience for the congregation?
  • If so, who are the others that could make up a small leadership team with that person?
  • Is there a service organization in our community that we could partner with?


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