The obvious answer to that question is yes!
There are different reasons that people work for a church. Some people might have a passion for ministry and purposely chose to pursue a career within a church setting. Others might have been looking for a job and happened to have been hired by a church for their skillset.
It’s not always easy to keep your heart and mind in a place that is healthy, for you and thus for your workplace.
Regardless of the way one becomes employed in a ministry setting, there is a need to understand and be sensitive to the belief system that is held by a particular church, even if your own personal beliefs don’t quite line up with those of your employer.
There is an interesting dynamic that takes place when working in a ministry position.
The very essence of a church is one that requires its employees to be aware of how they conduct themselves on a daily basis, in and around congregants, and those who are influenced by the church.
Every word that is said and the demeanor of an employee should be positive and one that edifies the essence of who God is.
On the surface, it seems like this would be an easy way to be, but it’s not always easy to keep your heart and mind in a place that is healthy, for you and thus for your workplace.
It’s a privilege to work in a church and to serve church members in a way that makes their Christian walk a little bit easier.
Helping to make a worship service sound amazing, leading worship, creating bulletins or website content, sharing news on social media, keeping track of the finances and paying the bills, tracking membership, organizing and facilitating small groups, cleaning the church grounds, visiting church members – these are all things that are accomplished throughout a week of working for a church. There are plenty of more items that could be added to that list.
As staff members, we are constantly planning and doing for others to make their spiritual health a priority.
It’s easy to forget that our own spiritual health is equally important.
How does a church employee take care of their spiritual health? Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Unplug from email and social media accounts that are work-related. Turn off the notifications on your phone that make it too easy to always be connected to work. Doing this will allow you to maintain a healthy distance from work, and thus be able to concentrate on making time for yourself.
- Resist the desire to check up on work when you aren’t there. The church will go on without your constant attention. If you aren’t able to find separation, then you won’t be able to concentrate of your own spiritual health, because you end up always being concerned about other people’s health.
- Pursue activities that aren’t related to work. It’s convenient to be a part of events and groups that go on in the church, where you work because of location, but this is another way where you aren’t giving yourself space. It’s great to be a part of your workplace and it’s natural to make friends as well, but it can also be difficult to separate how important your spiritual health is from others, when you are constantly surrounded by the people you serve.
- Read your Bible and pray! These are the obvious ways to care for your own health, but oftentimes, they are pushed aside for other things. Make these a daily priority and integrate them into your life. They will help to center your mind and heart around the reason why you are in a serving position.
Christian ministry can change people. It can change you for the good and for the bad.
Concentrating on your own spiritual health, first, will bring a renewed sense of importance to the good that God is doing in and amongst his believers! This doesn’t have to be a selfish viewpoint, in fact, it’s not self-centered at all. It’s making sure you are the best employee you can be, and in turn makes the ministry you are serving healthier.