The best fellowship does not come during a church greeting time, potluck dinner, coffee & donuts in the fellowship hall session, dinners for six, or any other social gathering. The best fellowship comes as you serve alongside someone. The richest fellowship comes as you serve together and say, “Look what God did!” The best fellowship comes as you work side by side during a mission trip. Rather than being an end goal, the best fellowship is a byproduct that you experience as you labor together in the cause of Christ.
Over the past month, we’ve experienced intergenerational fellowship within our children’s ministry. Last month during our Awana Camp, we had a college student nurse working alongside two experienced RNs. We had a mom and a dad leading cabins alongside teenagers. Our worship team was composed of young parents, high school, and college students. During Camp KidConnect last week, we had teenagers and college students serving alongside retirees. At the end of the week, a businessman who took the week off work to serve giving a hug to his middle school co-crew leader. Our “pie fellowship” (whipped cream pie in the face) lineup included teens, college students, moms, dad, grandfathers, and a 62-year-old pastor.
The best fellowship comes as you pray together, serve together, worship together, and proclaim together, “Look what God did through us!” As church leaders, we need to get people out of the pew, out of the potluck line, out of the classroom, out of the coffee klatch, and onto a ministry team. It is there they will discover what true fellowship looks and feels like.
And with that, I will step off my soapbox. 😉