I never would have pegged myself for the type to work for a church, so when I felt God’s call on my life to intern for my church, I was terrified. Little did I know how much my heart would come on fire for God while I was there.
Working for the church has changed me in more ways than I could have ever imagined, and it would take me hours to explain in depth exactly how. Instead, I’ve decided write about the 5 key ways working for the church has changed me.
1. Working for the church has empowered me.
Working for the church, there were a number of tasks I tackled on a weekly basis that I had never tried before. However, at my church, I felt secure in the knowledge that not only would God love me regardless of my performance, but so would my team.
My team constantly reassured me of their confidence in me and their care for me as a sister in Christ. Their encouragement anchored me in my identity as a daughter of the King. Ultimately, this was what gave me the strength and perserverence to pursue any task.
As I complete my time at the church, I feel empowered to continue to pursue (and #slay) any task because I know that I am loved by my Father and my brothers and sisters in the faith regardless of my performance. It is this security that has empowered me to take risks and ultimately do my best and it is this security that I will carry with me.
2. Working for the church has taught me the importance of alone time with God.
At the church, it was literally a part of my job to spend time with God every day. I kid you not, my signed job description includes the requirement of a minimum of 30 minutes spent daily communing with God.
Prior to working for my church, I had quiet times with God most days, but they often fell flat and felt more like an obligation than a privilege. However with time, perseverance, and the influence of my colleagues at the church, I have realized how fruitful quiet times can be. As I walked in community with my coworkers who reaped the fruits of deep, meaningful quiet times, I began to implement their practices and dive in with zeal. Consequently, my quiet times have become more rich and more enjoyable than ever before. (I hope to share in future posts more about how I spend quiet times as well as a few pointers I’ve picked up along the way!)
Working for the church taught me that quiet times are not just a recommended practice for church goers. Rather, they are a rich time of communion with the Father, and one of the most important opportunities to grow in relationship with God.
3. Working for the church has given me a sense of community.
At my private, secular university, I have longed for a true and constant sense of Christian community. Working for the church, I have found just that.
At the church, I have experienced the purest form of fellowship. By working and interacting day-in and day-out with fellow believers, I have gained a church family. This opportunity has not only given me a sense of community with the church staff, but has restarted my motivation to pursue Christian community among my peers at my university.
4. Working for the church has changed my view of church.
Prior to working for the church, I viewed the church as a building, an entity, and/or a nonprofit organization. Now, I know that the church is so much more.
I no longer view a church congregation as one of many. I know know that my church is a part of THE Church, Christ’s Bride. I now understand the church is not a building; rather, the church is the body of Christ. As I end my time working for the church, I am beginning to see how church congregations can work together to live into Jesus’ vision for The Church.
5. Working for the church has changed my outlook on life.
Lastly, and most importantly, working for the church has changed the way I view my life.
When I began my internship, I would likely have told you that my faith was a huge part of my life. Now, I live into the reality that faith is not a facet of life. Rather, faith is life.
I end my time working for the church with the knowledge and expectation that life will not be enriched by faith, but instead, life is is only truly experienced through faith.
If there’s anything you’d like to know more about, let me know in the comments, and I’ll write about it! I hope you enjoyed reading about how working for the church has changed me!