Expectations — Happy Humpday!

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?

more super woman

Giving thanks to Tamala — churchsecretaryessentials.com for coming up with this true statement!

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, ┬ásome 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…

baby Jesus

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.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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