Published February 28, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

Get Involved In Volunteer Ministry!

As we move our attention away from the “cold damp days of winter” and begin to focus on the spring season, we wanted to take just a moment to remind all of us of the tremendous value there is in living lives of service for the Lord. Many people never consider turning to the church either to have their needs met or to minister to others. If you are part of Southside Baptist Church, we’d like to encourage you to consider getting involved in ministry that perhaps may not seem to be one that gets a lot of the accolades, yet there is a tugging at your heart to get involved in some way.

Friends, it’s not always about feelings and seeing results; as a matter of fact, we may never see the results of our sacrifice until we get to heaven. We’re reminded of the time Jesus knelt before his twelve disciples to wash their feet as an example of what He was calling them to do.

John 13:14-17 14

14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Take a moment to read this wonderful story about one of the great evangelists of the late 1800s by the name of D. L. Moody…

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But this was America, and there were no hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there but was met with only silence or pious excuses. The world’s only famous evangelist returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and began to clean and polish them. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never knew by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people; during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret.Perhaps the episode is a vital insight into why God used D. L. Moody as He did; he was a man with a servant’s heart and that was the basis of his true greatness.

Some ministry opportunities here at Southside Baptist Church include:

  • Servant’s Heart Food Ministry

  • Adult Choir

  • Church Monthly Workdays

  • Prayer Groups

We will be presenting other opportunities for ministry real soon!

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner