One of the blessings I enjoy is meeting a host of volunteer people serving in a variety of leadership roles in our many congregations. When you get right down to it most of the church is made up of these volunteers! The Body of Christ includes young and old from the whole range of humanity. The elected officers of the congregation, a load of RSO’s, officers of the district and of the synod are people who “regular” work and day to day jobs, but they serve the church in addition to whatever they do to make a living.
These folks are often doing their “passion” as they perform a host of tasks at every level of church life. Consider the volunteers in your congregation as you include petitions of thanksgiving to God! While some of our volunteers will often say they are “helping” the pastor or teacher, they often see their volunteer work in a broader sense. They understand they are a functioning part of the Body and Christ and that their work matters in the mission and ministry of the church. I know one lady in her 90’s who volunteers each week at one of our Lutheran schools. She had done so for 30+ years.
One other note – I have also noted a number of retired professional church workers who have turned into volunteers! “Where your heart is, there is your treasure!” Thank you Lord, for our countless volunteers in the church!