We don’t need to have an upfront role to serve at church each weekend. Often it is the people sitting in the pew who can have the greatest impact for God. Here are some ideas taken from Col Marshall’s excellent article on “The Ministry of the Pew” that may help us be an encouragement to others.
• Pray before you come to church for all those who will be involved in the service, for the newcomers who will be there and for opportunities to be an encouragement to others.
• Be aware of the new people. We enjoy meeting our friends at church but it is good to sit with newcomers to help them feel comfortable and understand what is happening during the service.
• Come early and stay late. Visitors will often be at church earlier than the regulars. If we want to encourage new people we need to be there early. Similarly, if someone who needs prayer after the service then it is good if we aren’t rushing off.
• Talk about how God has spoken to you. We can encourage each other to put the Bible into practice by commenting on how the sermon has challenged or helped us.
As the writer to the Hebrews says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”” (Hebrews 10:25).