Blessed To Be A Blessing

By Gerry Wakeland

Just a few days ago Karen Polich wrote a post reminding us that there are needs all around us. Some of those needs are physical while others are financial. Some are critical while others are every day essentials. Needs can be just a one-time issue or consistent every day, every week occurrences. There are needs everywhere. God desires all of us to help meet those needs, especially in His church.

In the church setting help often comes in the form of volunteers. People like you and me who are willing to invest their time and talents in God’s Kingdom work. At AFBC we place a strong emphasis on volunteering.  Our volunteers range in age from 4 to 95. They serve in many different ways. Some are teachers and Life Group leaders. Others serve on the First Impressions team on Sunday morning. We saw many of our students serving at the recent Legacy Banquet. Earlier this week four-year old Nolan Sill helped our senior ladies with their crafts at Senior Vacation Bible School.

We have a number of people who serve in the community. The Rock at NoonDay and Ronald McDonald House are just a couple of examples. We have parents that serve at their children’s schools. Pastor Cook often reminds us, it doesn’t matter where you serve, what matters is that you serve.

On Sunday August 21st long time member of AFBC Lucy Stevens was presented with the Legacy Award. This award is given to those who have made a significant investment in our church. Not a financial investment, but an investment of time and service. When we asked Lucy what inspired her to be such a committed servant she responded, “God blessed my marriage, my children, and my life in so many ways.  How could I not be His servant?”

Perhaps you are already serving somewhere in our church and enjoy what you are doing and are willing to sign on for another year. Maybe you want to invest in another area of ministry, try something new and different. There are so many ways you can help.

As the AFBC Volunteer Coordinator I am often asked, “How do I find the right place to serve. I have three questions I use when helping match someone to a place to serve.

  1. What is your passion? We all perform at our optimum when we are working in an area we love. Are you good with people and are energized by being around them. Then the First Impressions Team may be the place for you. Do you long to make a joyful noise to the Lord? Pastor Matt would love to have you join our choir.
  1. What are your spiritual gifts? God has gifted each of His children with gifts that equip them to serve the Body of Christ. Do you have the gift of teaching? Encouragement? If you’re not sure what your spiritual gifts are we have a simple assessment that can aid you in discovering them. Any of our staff would be happy to help you with this.
  1. What are your skills? Have you received some type of special training? Dealing with finances? Nursing? Construction skills? Are you good with crafts? Do you play a musical instrument, like to cook? We all have things that we are especially good at. It’s a blessing to be able to use them for the Lord’s work.

As we prepare for worship this Sunday, let’s remember that one of the ways we worship is through serving and begin to ask the Lord where He would have you invest your time in His Kingdom.

For more information about serving at Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church visit the First Stop Info Center on Sundays or contact Gerry Wakeland at

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