Volunteering in Church is really awesome; it does not matter whether it is for something technical or something low key and temporary. You can do anything, well almost – e.g. parking lot guy, announcement person or the CGI lady. I volunteered for video and that was a few years ago.
I have enjoyed it so much that it has become my extreme hobby, woot. If I actually make a feature film, I will blame by church.
I know that I am only speaking from an insider’s perspective, but here are a few things that I believe are great about what I do:
It is not about me
What I do is not about self gratification or glory. I don’t get money for this. It is my service and it is to God. And God is bigger than me.
More than just doing something, it is an outlet for my creativity, what I learn and hopefully the talent God has given me.
Everything is about team and in teams as with community groups in Church, you do life together; learning beyond any technical or mechanical things.
Sacrifice and giving is the best way to extend and grow yourself; physically, mentally and spiritually.
I encourage you to rather find out more, shadow if you have to, ask questions. Maybe you find all you concerns are unnecessary and all your questions answered. Maybe it opens doors to you, even doors of interest and passions that you thought you never had.
For me, I was asked just to man the little Church camera. I look back on it now and I think, “oooooooo, how far we have come”. If I did not take that step I would have missed being part of an incredible journey in advancing video to level where the Church can leverage it to enhance the environment and reach people.
When it comes to video, people are often nervous of the technology thinking that it is beyond them. Sure there are a few things to learn and yes we want well equipped and ‘professional’ volunteers – but that can happen through knowledge transfer, maybe workshops and definitely volunteer shadowing. In the end you will have learned a fantastic skill and possibly have unlocked a passion and talent for video, and dare I say – Film Making
Join a team at your Church