Question: I think my church is shallow.
Answer: Shallow can have many different definitions! However, if the church you attend isn’t preaching the word of God, and isn’t committed to evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, missions, and worship, it’s time for you to find a new church. Finding a church that meets those needs may not be easy, but if you are attending a church that you consider shallow and isn’t equipping you to grow in your faith, it’s time to move!
Question: I want to use my spiritual gifts in a particular ministry for children that’s not connected to our church. But what I hear is if I’m not teaching Sunday school, I’m not using my gifts properly. Why can’t I volunteer elsewhere?
Answer: Every saved believer has been given at least one spiritual gift, and some have several. The purpose is to use those gifts to advance the gospel and impact the kingdom of God. While Sunday school is one area where a gift can be used, other ministry areas might present themselves, and if one is gifted in that ministry area, it’s a shame to waste that spiritual talent.
I see nothing wrong with using the gift the Holy Spirit has given you to impact the lives of children, especially if you can encourage them to become actively involved in your local church. Read I Corinthians 12:12-18 for a reminder of how God has designed the church.
Pat Pajak is IBSA’s associate executive director for evangelism.