Why I Love Church Work

Yesterday I was reminded of why I love Church work.

As part of everything that was happening on Sunday morning some conflict arose and some people I care about were hurt. I left church with a heavy heart. Often these types of situations can be frustrating and cause us to question the call to ministry.

For  me it was actually an affirmation that I belong working in the church.

Our choir did a song that calls, “Let the Church rise from the ashes.” The implication is that once we were on fire and now that fire has gone out. I love seeing the Church shine. I love when people get saved, grow in their faith and turn back around to serve in their communities. But it’s not always like this. Church work is full of a lot of heartache and criticism. After all the church is a broken place full of broken people just like everywhere else.

I had to ask myself the question, “Do I only want to work in the church when it is burning brightly or do I want to get down into the ashes and love people through their struggles, doubts and frustrations?”

The answer for me is that I want to get dirty in the messiness of the Gospel.

11 Responses to “Why I Love Church Work”

  1. 1 Giant November 19, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    You know it’s all about relationships. I work 60 hours a week at the church as a media specialist and I can tell you that not only do I not want to work anywhere else, but I love the fact that we can be real with each other. I’m hidden away in a room most of the time but that is best. I can be a real pain. I expect volunters to work hard and am alway vocal about it. But when I see people being ministered to on a daily basis it all comes home that people are what it’s all about. We all need the love from Christ to be working in our lives. Even old trogladytes like me. Long live the people, even if they do suck.

  2. 2 Peter Park November 19, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    We’re in a small church of about 80 or so. Conflict does happen. But it’s so important to resolve it right away, otherwise resentment comes. Did you get a chance to resolve the issue?

  3. 3 Billy Chia November 19, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    lol – yeah I suck too. Thank God for all the people who have loved on me in the name of Jesus – now it’s what I do with my life.

    Good call on the resolution. It wasn’t really my issue to resolve – some people I know were hurt by actions of other people I know. Once I checked with the appropriate leaders to see that they were following up on the situation I personally dropped it.

  4. 4 Amanda November 19, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    So true. If we can’t stay around during the hardships, then why be there at all? The hardships make the bright, fiery times even more treasured & more centered on God instead of ourselves–to God be the glory!

    Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  5. 5 Fred McKinnon November 20, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Great perspective! Reminds me of the fact that we’ve got to give it our all in both the highs and the lows!

  6. 6 Terry Foester November 20, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    That’s a great question you ask at the end. No one said this would be easy.

    I encourage you to journal that question into some lyrics for your personal worship. If you come up with something good, send it to me and I’ll use it for my personal worship.

    Keep the faith in Him and find your rest in Him.

  7. 7 tam November 20, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Amen Billy! Great insight and and questions.

    I’ve seen volunteers run at the first sign of adversity. I’ve seen servants shaken – but strengthened and changed by it as they get down and dirty like you said.

  8. 8 Pete November 21, 2007 at 1:34 am

    Something a friend wrote for Advent:

    don’t go in search of the baby this christmas

    look for the love
    which comes unexpectedly
    and in the dirtiest places;

    which is born
    from the wombs
    of those we would never expect.

    Not literally related to what you wrote, but one reminded me of the other, and isn’t it often true out of these types of conflict we find renewed love.

  9. 9 brunettekoala November 27, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    This has so challenged me as I struggle with being part of a church – it’s something that is alien to me, and after spending 4-5 years trying to settle into a family and get to that point where I’ll get messy as you put it even when things get tough…I’m now back at square 1 since moving…

    …but Amen, brother!

  10. 10 Angie December 3, 2007 at 2:28 am

    I think this is so true…it’s easy to be apart of something that is winning and successful and fun. But when we are called to something, that means we are called to be faithful when it is losing and struggling to be effective…when the mission isnt so clear…and when ministering is the hardest, most challenging thing to do. I love what you said..”The answer for me is that I want to get dirty in the messiness of the Gospel.”

    So true. Glad to know there are other people who think this.

  11. 11 WIll August 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm


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