“Why can’t I get more people to volunteer on Sundays?”
It’s one of the most common frustrations I hear from pastors – especially pastors of Small Churches.
Pastors and congregations see Sundays in opposite ways. And this affects everything.
Here’s the difference.
Sunday is their day OFF!
But Sunday is the pastor’s biggest day ON!
No wonder we’re not seeing eye-to-eye.
Sunday is their Sabbath. Their day of rest and worship. But Sunday isn’t the pastor’s Sabbath. Yes, it’s a day of worship, but it’s not a day of rest. Because it’s our biggest day on, a lot of us think it needs to be our church members’ day on too.
Sunday On / Sunday Off
This literally just occurred to me minutes before writing this, so I’m still processing what it means. But it feels like a game-changer to me.
When Sunday is our day on, church is work.
When Sunday is their day off, church is rest.
…day on? Church is putting out.
…day off? Church is taking in.
…day on? The week leads up to Sunday.
…day off? The week settles down on Sunday.
…day on? You want to dress up.
…day off? You want to dress comfortably.
…day on? You want to motivate your workers.
…day off? You want to hang out with your friends.
These are not small differences. Continue reading