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Shining a light on those behind the scenescomment (0)

January 3, 2002


Shining a light on those behind the scenes in a church can be a life enriching experience. It can be like seeing a church with a whole new outlook.

God touched my life in so many ways as a pastor’s wife. For me there was no other role that was more worthy of my time, efforts and love. Of course I know much of that was due to the pastor I married, but I won’t go down that road today.

I find myself on the other side of the fence as the director of education at Farmville Baptist, Opelika, in the Auburn area.

I am not a late-at-night person so it is 5 a.m. as I write this. This is my time of the morning. Once finished, I will head to church and it is there my education starts, not the kind you glean on Sunday morning.

Behind the scenes when most people say “goodbye” after the morning services, God’s elves make the difference. These people prepare for the next gathering of the saints.

And believe me, there is a lot to do. That’s why my main New Year’s resolution this year is to thank, praise and encourage those behind the scenes.

The neatness of the sanctuary does not just happen. People have cleaned and straightened. Some people are messy. One could write a book from the leftover bulletins with notes written on them.

The attractive display of information in the racks did not just assemble itself. With loving hands, someone put the cards there where they would be ready for you at any given service. Find out who did that and thank them. I promise to say a prayer of thanks every time I pass a bulletin board in any church. Someone spent a lot of time on things you hurriedly forget to read. I resolve to thank Sunday School teachers, discipleship leaders, all volunteers who serve in the church. People fill these places of responsibility Sunday after Sunday. Do you thank them? They are almost like paid staff. Send a “just because” note of give a hug or handshake at the door next Sunday.

I resolve to thank the behind-the-scenes people more. Those of us who take the platform for various reasons get the glory.

Someone made sure the lights were just right; the flowers were placed in just the right spot; the hymnbooks in the racks. If there is a baptismal service, a lot goes into the preliminaries. Who took the robes to the cleaners, sent cards to remind them of the dates for the service? Take time to thank the committee who made it all happen.

At special events, people working behind the scenes slave for the Lord. They put out the best they have- the best napkins, the best decorations, excellent programs. Some people walk away and never seek out those who worked so hard.

Who keeps the grounds at your church? Resolve to thank them. Green grass and lovely flowers do not just happen. Thank those who sing in the choir, the greeters, the orchestra. Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ takes dedicated people. Be sure they do not go unnoticed in your church.

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