The church is a diversity of people with different needs. As pastor I see the difference each time I’m in front of the congregation.
I see the very young and very old. In between is a vast variety of others.
There are those that know much about the scriptures and those that know nothing.
I see those with iPhones and those that still have an old rotary phone at home.
There are the ones that do mass amounts of social media and others that only do social in person in their living room.
Some would love to hold a hymnal in their hands and sing; others love multimedia.
It is a diverse crowd.
Here I am stuck in the middle trying to minister to all types.
Paul said, “I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Cor 9:19-22
All things to all men begins with being a servant to all. It’s like a waiter serving different kinds of food to the same table – a steak here, shrimp there, and chicken nuggets for the kids.
Service serves all when all are served.
Just like the waiter, everyone needs to be served.
The waiter has help. Someone seats the guests and someone else cooks the food. Another person may be the cashier and there is somebody washing the dishes and folding napkins.
Just like that waiter the pastor needs others to help too.