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Working For The Church

Sometimes, working for a church can be a tiring thing.  There is an expectation at many churches that their staff work long hours (much longer than they should), struggling to get all of the “necessary” work done, not to mention the “unnecessary” work that is really the more important stuff.  Churches often under staff because of money, leaving too few people to do too little work.  Then, on top of that, they leave their staff out to dry by cutting budget funding for ministry, complaining or criticizing far more than encouraging and supporting, or just plain not caring about the worker as a person.

This why I love my current church.  They are just about the polar opposite of everything I’ve listed above.  There is a staff care committee (the dreaded c-word!) that provides lunch for the staff several times each year.  They give us birthday and Christmas gifts.  We get cards from the church for anniversaries and birthdays.  Debbie Ferrante, our prayer ministries leader, is in the early stages of forming PIT Crews for each staff person.  This Personal Intercessory Team will meet with the staff person once per month for directed prayer for the staffer, their family and their ministry.

Sue and I talk about our church to other church workers all the time.  They are constantly amazed at the level of support we get from our congregation.  I feel so blessed to be a part of the body of believers at First Trinity.  They are passionate, loving people who care for one another and for their staff.  They care about the community 50 feet outside our doors, as well as the community as far south as New Orleans and Haiti.  They are wonderful encouragers, who make serving in ministry fun, rewarding and a blessing.

Why am I thinking about this now?  Because we celebrated Pastor Whited’s 5 years of service among us this weekend.  We’ll also celebrate Ruth’s 35 years among us later this month.  What a great church!

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6 responses

  1. Janet Christ

    Jason,
    I am blessed by the same passionate, loving people from your church. I have received so many cards in the mail because of Grandma’s death and Aunt Rita’s death… And when Aunt Rita was sick…. I’m not even a member at First Trinity yet they opened their hearts to me… The warm welcome I receive when I visit is really awesome.
    And being your Mom, and having you and Jaime living out of town… I am very grateful that they take such good care of you. God’s people are awesome.
    Love you. Mom

    November 12, 2007 at 12:32 pm

  2. Jaime

    Sounds like we’ve got a whole squad of First Trinity cheerleaders. 🙂

    November 12, 2007 at 9:04 pm

  3. Or at the very least, a whole family of them. 🙂

    November 13, 2007 at 9:53 am

  4. Naz Ria

    Hi Jason,

    I am very happy for you. I also work for a church and it is the total opposite from where you are. Where I work you are expected to sacrifice everything, your family, friends, yourself. I am on call 24hours a day, I have to be at church for every event (and there are alot, including all 3 services on Sundays).

    Working for this church has made me sick and depressed. I am so confused and feel so trapped.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

    • Adeolu

      Hi. The real problem isn’t your church,it’s you. There is a difference between working “for” the ministry, and doing the work “of” the ministry. When you work “for” your church, you’re working like the rest of the world. Rather, you should do the work of the ministry. God wants absolutes..Luke 9:62 : “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

      March 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

      • Catherine Forsyth

        Think that’s a bit tough…but sometimes we do need to examine ourselves and get back to our original calling…putting God first..I know Im guilty of getting swallowed up in church stuff, but it isn’t healthy…we need to be fed as well as those we serve. no man is an island, if the expectation is as heavy as you say I would look at cutting back and getting back to basics…in my role, which is paid , I work 25 hours a week, but have allowed myself to start doing more, only to find my walk with The Lord is suffering…I don’t believe that’s what God wants for us. It’s great to have events…but are they essential…I run parenting courses etc and have had to discipline myself that while they are on, I work a shorter day one day…is it easy? NO!! Remember Jesus said to his disciples when the followers were overwhelming them to ” come away with me and take some rest” also Jethro told Moses it wasn’t healthy for him to do all the judging of what the people were doing and instructed him to delegate…All the very best and remember YOUT relationship with The Lord is where your strength is, don’t get swallowed up but the non essentials 😉

        June 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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