In the book Full Service: Moving from Self-Serve Christianity to Total Servanthood (Baker, 2006), Siang-Yang Tan reminds readers, “The Lord Jesus has called us to servanthood that comes out of a deep, loving, intimate friendship or communion with him. It is not servanthood out of obligation, duty, guilt, fear, or selfish motives for attention and praise, which is servitude.”
Service: a Practical Guide, an excerpt from Adele Calhoun’s excellent Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, includes great ideas for engaging with the practice of service on your own, including this one: “Every morning for the next two weeks ask your spouse, roommate, or colleague, ‘What can I do for you today?’ Then do it.”
The Gift of Service, an episode of the Groundwork podcast from Reframe Media, explores the biblical definition of service and how the Holy Spirit cultivates Christlikeness in us through our service.
In this episode of Open to Wonder, former CRCNA executive director Colin Watson shares how being attentive to God at work shapes his faith and guides the ways he serves in leadership.
ThereforeGo Ministries (formerly Youth Unlimited) coordinates the SERVE program for youth in grades 6-12. SERVE is “a unique blend of community outreach and discipleship with spiritual transformation as the goal at every level.”
In Creating Space to Serve on TheBanner.org, Lisa Van Engen explores how to “be intentional in teaching children and young people to serve rather than to be served, to look outward instead of inward, to give rather than to consume.”
The six-session study Changed for Life is designed to help short-term missions teams and their hosts craft a well-organized experience that will be meaningful for everyone involved (produced in 2018 by World Renew, the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice, CRC World Missions, Reformed Church in America, ServiceLink, and Youth Unlimited).