July 19th 2013 (3) comments so far
There’s a fantastic blog called Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff that I thoroughly enjoy. In one of his posts, he whimsically imagines what it’s like to work in a church. Below is an excerpt.
“My assumption is that, other than Sunday, a church job is kind of like having a really long quiet time. You probably get to read the Bible all day and take long breaks in your prayer closet and spend eight hours a day growing your own spiritual life. I’m sure the phone rings sometimes, like when someone needs a casserole of hope after a death in the family or a youth group van breaks down. But for the most part, I imagine the average day is filled with a lot of ‘me time.’”
I can tell you firsthand this isn’t the case. There’s a lot of work during the week to make a church run like a clock. We put in the daily grind just like you, meeting deadlines and going to meetings. But there are a few aspects of this job you won’t find in a typical corporate setting. And most of them are awesome.
10. There is almost always some kind of food laying around. Cookies left over from the ice cream social, fried chicken left over from a Boy Scout meeting, anything and everything you can imagine. I don’t even bother bringing lunch half the time because you can survive entirely on women’s Bible study doughnuts.
9. Not married when you start the job? Working in a church saves you money on a ChristianMingle membership. Fun fact: 100 percent of church employees have single friends or relatives around your age that you would get along with so well.
8. Need a break from your desk? Watch your e-mail. Community outreach lunches need to be packed, Vacation Bible School decorations need hanging, and Awana is looking for judges for the soapbox racers. Not to mention, everyone is so happy to see you when you show up!
7. The Worship Center might as well be Gollum’s cave from The Hobbit when the lights are off. Anyone who can walk in there without sprinting to the light switch is some sort of Bear Grylls-Batman super-person.
6. Creative consultation meetings with the Preteen Ministry tend to break out in glow-in-the-dark finger rocket fights. It aids the mind in the creative process.
5. In most offices, you might get a half-hearted “Happy Birthday” song with a dollar store cupcake. At a church, you make a funny video with everyone else in your birthday month that gets shown at the staff meeting.
4. Bunnies hang around everywhere on campus. Everywhere. And they’re so full of second-hand grace they let you walk right on by them.
3. Something called “Treat Day” exists in the summertime. This week’s theme was “Church Lady Casseroles.” Let your imagination run wild.
2. Stories of your past youth group shenanigans are laughed at behind closed doors only. If the director of housekeeping ever found out that broken couch was you, you’re a dead man. The fact that it was six years ago is irrelevant.
1. We don’t get too much allotted “me time” for prayer. But we do get group prayer “Power Half Hour” every Wednesday afternoon.
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