Every time I read a post in which a church secretary is unfairly treated by her pastor boss, staff, or congregation, I think, Do people think we are, Superwoman?
Yes, Church Staffers are super women (or men). They do everything expected of them in a limited amount of time. They jump over tall stacks of work, save others from their own demise, assist everyone, including the janitor and maintenance men or women. They bring cookies and treats for volunteers to encourage them to keep coming back or for staff meetings to show how much they appreciate the team. They step in and become ministers whenever someone needs an encouraging word, prayer, or hug. They work overtime–even on their birthday or Christmas Eve Day. And, for all this, if they make a mistake in the bulletin or power point, some get yelled at by their boss!
This is the season Church Secretaries often wonder why they do this year after year…Then someone leaves a card on their desk with a thank you note and a gift card telling them how much they are appreciated or an anonymous gift of cookies or candy or a candle shows up when they are copying the bulletin. And, then there is the baby…
The baby of hope, joy, and for a while (hopefully a year or so), everything we do as church support staff is worth it.
May you find peace in the process of working your way to the manger this Advent and every day of the year.