On the bench? OR In the game?

My Men?s small group (Soul Purpose) is reading through the book Transforming Discipleship by Greg Ogden. The following quote stuck out to me

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Yet when we turn from the biblical standard of the first-century church to the reality of the church today, we see a relatively small percentage of people who move beyond Sunday worship into the life and ministry of a congregation or who experience ministry as a way of life. The 80/20 rule seems impossible to transcend…If we study the ministry profile of volunteers, we find that a fairly steady 20 percent serve the 80 percent who are consumers of their efforts. Conversely, this means a`high percentage of spectators are filling the pews.

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Transforming Discipleship by Greg Ogden, p 24-25

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My immediate thought after reading this was, “maybe true of other churches, but not of ACC!” I?ve heard this statistic many times. I?ve even witnessed it in other churches, but I honestly think ACC breaks the rule on this one. I believe one of the strengths of our church is a high level of volunteerism. Which I find very exciting. It?s exciting because a high level of volunteerism suggests ownership. I love that our church has so many people that take ownership in the vision and ministry of ACC. When you volunteer, in a real way, you are saying I?m a part of this place and I want to see it succeed.

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I?d love to hear from some of you on this. Where do you serve at ACC? What do you like about it? How did you get plugged into that ministry? This is your opportunity to talk up the ministry you are involved with…you just might inspire someone else in our church to join you!

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Grace,
?Chris