Obligation or Volunteer

In a recent article, Claude Alexander writes that what we call a “Post–Christian culture strikingly resembles the pre–Christendom era before Constantine, when the church was a fringe, marginal, prophetic body. Before it became mainstream – synonymous with apple pie and Chevrolet. A pre-–Christendom era demands a pre-–Christendom church.”

His main point is that we are under obligation. St. Paul says, “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-–Greeks” (Romans 1:14). St. Paul did not see himself as a volunteer. He was under orders. In church, when we use the term volunteers, we imply that Christian service is a matter of choice. Only if you have time and the need meets your interests. But if you understand the apostolic nature of the church, you understand members are not volunteering, they are sent out due to the moral imperatives of God’s providence.

We are under obligation to provide obedient service, to live an evangelistic life. We owe people the gospel because you recognize the danger that they are in, the love God has for them, and the provision God has made for them. Whether it’s serving in our children’s ministry or serving on one of the worship teams as an usher, greater, lay reader, chalice bear, etc. or elsewhere, we are under obligation because of the imperative of the gospel we believe and live by.

I say all this to help put in context the request that follows. Under obligation means more than simply volunteering as a choice. The following is one opportunity among so many more that I want you to hear about.



Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Luke 18:15-17

All Saints Dallas is growing. Part of our mission is to equip and support our families as they seek to raise their children in the faith.

We need your help to teach our Little Saints about the things of God. Please consider taking a spot teaching or helping in the nursery once a month. We make it very easy. Lessons are emailed to you on Wednesdays. Craft supplies, games, activity sheets and snacks are in the room ready for you to step in and teach. All you need to do is pray, read the lesson and show up. The kids are great and lots of fun.

​Currently these age groups need teachers:

3 – 4 year olds – 9 am or 11 am

K – 2nd grade – 30 minutes at 9 am or 11 am

3rd – 5th grade – ​30 minutes at 9 am or 11 am

Youth  6th – 12th – ​40 minutes at 11 am

This Sunday, October 15, we will have a sign up sheet at the tables in the lobby. We would love it if you could give us an hour once a month. Think of it as an investment in eternity. Pretty good ROI! 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

For the Kingdom,


To sign up to volunteer, click here.

For questions about volunteer with the Little Saints ministry, email lyn@ascdallas.org.