“Commissioned by the National Council of Churches, researcher Dean M. Kelley set out to find out why conservative churches were growing, even as the more liberal churches were declining. In his 1972 book, Why Conservative Churches are Growing: A Study in Sociology of Religion, Kelley argued that evangelical churches grow precisely because they do what the more liberal congregations and denominations intentionally reject — they make serious demands of believers in terms of doctrine and behavior.” –Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. – president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Within the last line of this statement is found the reason World Prayr does not ask for volunteers.
Wait— are you sure?
Did I not read somewhere you have a team of over 120, pushing 150?
Do you pay all those people?
If the answer to the answer to the last question is no, then does that not make them volunteers?
Over the next couple of months, we are going to take a hard biblical look at the difference that is World Prayr. We will look at ways World Prayr is different and how it runs differently than possibly any ministry you may have come across.
We will look at the following things starting with today’s post, which could also be titled:
World Prayr Wants To Move You Past Being Comfortable!
Then we will look at:
Why World Prayr does not want your donations!
What would it truly look like if a ministry was aggressively working for other ministries!
We will look at why World Prayr is an “Ohana”
Moving on with today’s part!
Christianity has gotten lazy and sloppy in it’s vernacular. We tend to adopt words, sayings and statements that are common to normal,every day language. Yet, those meanings fly in the face of what we may understand as truth from the Word of God.
Can you think of any that come to mind?
How about this word? Servant!
What does that word mean to you?
Does it have the same meaning as the word slave to you?
Did you know that only in English translations of the Bible will you find the word servant?
It is actually taken from the Greek word doulos which the proper interpretation of that word is Slave!
Are We Slaves?
Here is what popular theologian and pastor John MacArthur had to say about his recent book Slave in an interview by The Christian Post as he discusses some research which led to the book..
…”wound up looking at a journal article by a scholar from back in the 1960s where he pointed out why the translators back in the 16th century didn’t translate the word slave. And he pointed out that even back then there was so much stigma around slavery that they didn’t want to use that word. And so they started a trend and every other English translation up until today followed that trend. They will use the word slave if it refers to a physical slave, an actual slave or an inanimate slave like slave of sin or slave of righteousness. But when it refers to a believer, they wouldn’t translate it slave. So this just kept going and going. Once I began to realize this I thought how have I missed this for so long? I guess it’s just that I never was prodded into it and once I did it just became clear that because we don’t have the word slave, we really don’t understand the paradigm that defines us as Christian.”
By the way …. World Prayr had already adopted the philosophy of not accepting volunteers before this interview or book was published due to it’s leadership having a true understanding of who we are in Christ.
So when you look at passages like:
What you actually should be reading is the word slave!
What does it mean to volunteer? What do you feel you are doing when you volunteer?
Your answer to that probably is something like: “I feel I am giving freely of my time to a cause I believe in”.
This is how the majority of people would answer; do you not agree?
Dictionary.com defines the word volunteer as a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
Yet how does that statement and definition fit in the light of the passages we looked at?
How does that fit with proper understanding of the word servant?
Where does that fit with the following passage?
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. – 1Peter 2:16
In light of those passages, how does the following term fit: “unpaid worker”?
How does calling oneself an unpaid worker fit with the following verse?
You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:20
Wait! Unpaid worker – bought with a price – can one truly claim to be an unpaid worker if one has already been bought?
Have We Already Been Paid?
If one has been bought with a price, can one still claim to be unpaid? If everything we do our eating, sleeping, day to day activity, all we say is to be done for Christ and He is the one who paid the price. Can we still lay claim to not being paid already?
There are those who would hold up a red flag or throw a flag on the play now. They stand behind 1 Corinthians 9: 1-15 where Paul says he is a free man; that he is indeed worthy of being paid and that he is a free man.
Is Paul saying here that he is an unpaid worker? Or, is Paul saying here that he has the right to earn a living and to be paid for his labors?
Perhaps this passage best defines that answer?
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 1 Corinthians 9: 19
So what can we now reasonably show about Christians being unpaid workers, which is a synonym for volunteers?
It can be established that:
1) Christians are called slaves.
2) Christians are to do all things for Christ.
3) Christians have been bought with a price.
When we look at and take these facts into consideration, along with the tremendous gift of grace we have been given, we see an even better picture of why Paul lays down the gauntlet so to speak in Romans 12:1-2.
Do We Truly Understand?
So how does the following statements fit in with what we have seen so far?
“I served in the ministry with time I didn’t have!”
“If World Prayr is looking for the amount of work from its volunteers it would get from paid workers, World Prayr is going to be severely disappointed!”
“World Prayr expects too much!”
“World Prayr should be satisfied with whatever they get!”
If you are a church leader or a ministry leader, sometime, somewhere you have heard or seen statements just like, or similar, to this.
How about the attitudes that exist or come from some of those very statements?
These exist in the following attitudes:
3)Should be satisfied
…to name just a few.
Leaders for too long have swept these statements and attitudes under the guise and carpet of saying:
“What can you expect from volunteers”
The same leaders who would throw a flag on the play, so to speak,hold leadership seminars, write books, and teach others how to get more out of those they are leading. The first principle they will teach is to challenge those that you are leading to be more, to realize their full potential, or to challenge them to rise to another level of service…
… while still continuing to refer to their fellow laborers in Christ as unpaid workers!
What Are We Called To?
Some would say we should instill and remember grace, that God did not call us to a taxing life. After all is he not calling us to the life we have always wanted? A life of comfort and ease!
This quote from Dr. Neil Anderson reflects on what God has called us to.
“The church is a military outpost under orders to storm the gates of hell. Every believer is on active duty, called to take part in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19, 20). … our real purpose is to be change agents in the world, taking a stand, living by faith, and accomplishing something for God.”
Paul seemed to echo this in the following verse.
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” – II Timothy – 2:3-4
Need we say More!
Time For a Difference!
World Prayr leadership recognizes this multi-faceted issue. They also agree with those gurus that one of the first rules of leadership is to treat others how they want to be treated. This is done in order to help them recognize their potential, their calling!
They believe that all of God’s children have been given gifts, talents, and abilities, none more than another! Not one has greater revelation, ability to love or serve God! Our father has chosen all of his children for a special purpose and has a plan for each!
As leaders, they realize it is their main job to be the tools God uses to help those they lead reach the potential God has enabled all his children to reach! World Prayr leadership believes that starts with coming to a full understanding of who we are in Christ!
As a result, they believe that their leadership has to be at a higher level: a level where one does not sweep behavior, attitudes, and thinking under the rug that are contrary to what one should expect from one who understands they have been “bought with a price”.
World Prayr accepts that even if the proper English translation of the world doulos is slave, that in the English language that does not carry over due to past failures on even the part of Christians. Yet, at the same time, we believe that calling God’s children unpaid workers does not fit with how Peter said we ought to live!
SO instead, they choose to call those that serve at World Prayr what they are! To challenge those who serve in any capacity in World Prayr to move beyond the accepted norm, to move beyond their comfort zone! To realize that we have all been given a purpose in him!
That is why those who serve in World Prayr choose to be called servants of the most high God! We believe this best defines not only our relationship with our father, but also defines what should be the result of that relationship! We welcome you to join us in service to the most high God, not as volunteers, but as servants!
So let us ask you which has more significance for you and greater honor? Which one do you feel best reflects how you view your walk with Christ?
Which phrase causes you to move out of your comfort zone, to truly grasp and understand the tremendous calling God has placed on your life?
Perhaps your satisfied with being referred to as an unpaid worker. You believe that answer best defines for you who you are in Christ. Then World Prayr may not be the right fit for you, as the work is great and hard because the need is even greater!
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Luke 10:2
However, if you would and believe that you should be called a “Servant of the Most High God”, then we look forward to welcoming you to the family!
If you would like to know how you can serve with this awesome ‘Ohana‘ you can check out our “Serve at World Prayr” page and fill out our form for service.
Thanks for taking the time to read and we pray you were blessed by our thoughts on:
“Why World Prayr Does Not Accept Volunteers.”