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When You Work for the Church Top Articles from 2017

As I look back over the year, I am grateful for everyone who has visited When You Work for the Church–for those who have left comments, contacted me, shared articles, made suggestions, vented frustrations, sought counsel, found support, drawn encouragement, offered support, or quietly read along. Thank you!

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Leaders Need a Deep and Abiding Sense of God’s Call

Leaders have to know who they are. . . . When everything else crumbles and when you are in situations of disillusionment, when plans haven’t worked out, when colleagues have disappointed you, there’ll come those times when you say, “Why am I doing this?” At that point, what is needed is a deep and abiding sense of God’s call.

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Why Your Pastor Needs You to Pray

When you work for the church or other Christian organization, it’s most helpful to have a clear job description and contract, regular reviews, and other personnel policies and practices that are respectful of both employer and employee.

But beyond the legalities and policies that are part of the employer-employee relationship is the covenant community we share with one another as part of the body of Christ. We are not only employer and employee to one another, but brothers and sisters in the body of Christ.

One way we can live that out is by praying for one another.

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Finding Balance in Life and Ministry

The November issue of The Redbud Post is all about finding balance, which seems to be such a challenge today whether you work for the church or not.

Balance between church/work and family. Balance between experienced and new members on committees, different gifts, different ethnic backgrounds, men and women, older, younger, and middle-aged. Balance of music styles in worship. Balance of chores and leisure time. Questions of balance seem to be everywhere.

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Holier Than Thou? A Theology of Church Work vs. Other Work

Many Christians have the impression that church workers — especially evangelists, missionaries, pastors, priests, ministers and the like — have a higher calling than other workers.

While there is little in the Bible to support this impression, by the Middle Ages, “religious” life — as a monk or nun — was widely considered holier than ordinary life.

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Developing Talent: Re-Imagining HR

At one time, Dee Ann Turner thought that she might work in full-time ministry for a church or mission agency; instead, she’s worked for the Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant chain for 25 years, most recently as Vice President of Talent.

Umm, Chick-fil-A fast food? What’s that got to do with working for the church? And Vice President of Talent? What is that anyway?

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