In 2008 I was given the fine opportunity to work in church after completing my 3 years theological studies in Miri. I was ecstatic and somewhat delighted at the prospect to serve in a local church fulltime. Well I only stayed for one year and my contract ended somewhat abruptly. I blogged about this a few times somewhere. Well these are just a few things I learnt from my experience and I hope it can help you, or on a lighter side help you laugh.
1. I learned that it was not appropriate for those in leadership to say that they felt down or feeling depressed while starting. Well no one taught me this but I thought the context was ok because it was a small group of people who attended prayer meeting. The one in charge told me that when I did that I actually brought the anticipation of God’s glory falling down and touching the people. The moral of this is we go to fake it. Fake if we feel tired or depressed. That’s the way to do it. I was sorry I was not that spiritual enough to follow through.
2. I learned that reflecting on the Pastor’s sermon was something not to be done. The pastor got really mad at me for doing this because I presented his views in a shrewd way. I told him that i did not say anything bad against his ideas just reflecting on some point made that made me think. I told him we did stuff like this in bible school but apparently he told me it’s not supposed to be done in church.
3. I learned that you are not supposed to write a personal opinionated letter to any leader otherwise you would not know how he/she would react. I never went around and emailed other people about the stuff I put in there but it was a personal letter and somehow it was being reprinted and photo copied and sent around. I approached a pastor telling him why the letter was being given out like hot cakes and he told me that that’s what happens when you do stuff like what you did.
4. I learned that we are supposed to suffer at the hands of our enemies, which was funny to me because someone in church with you was not supposed to be your enemy but another brother or sister in Christ.
5. I learned that it’s not good for someone to share his opinions. Especially when you were young and still fresh out of bible school. Only those who were seasoned and had a tract record had the authority to do so.
6. I learned that you are not supposed to blog about church and Christianity. Well you can but not on issues that happens. I heard from a pastor that blogs we just for sharing pictures and just sharing about things like food and traveling places you’ve been. I think that was the spiritual answer to blogging.
7. If blogging about issues make sure to name names. Well I assume that that’s what they meant because I was accused of writing ludicrous remarks on people whom I did not mention their names. Some even said that they could sue me for doing so.
8. I learned that if one wants to survive in ministry it’s better not to share opinions of any kind and just be good to everyone, regardless.
9. And lastly i learned that even in Church things like this happens because it’s not perfect and that even if that happens Jesus still calls the church his bride (Please know I’m not talking about the building here). That’s a reminder to not give up on her.