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New Office Policy

September 18, 2007

A friend of mine from seminary took a staff position at a megachurch many years ago.  It was a huge staff.  He was something like associate pastor for single adults age 30-39 with allergies.  One morning he actually got in trouble for praying and reading the Bible at his desk.  Seriously.  His senior pastor actually yelled at him.   He said that the people to whom he was ministering don’t get to have quiet times at work, so he shouldn’t either.  He needs to have his devotions on his own time and just work on church stuff when he’s at the office. 

I was so mad I could spit.  How could this pastor not understand that praying and studying the word is the work of the church? (Acts 6:4)

So I don’t have a big staff to boss around, and Jason will tell you I’m not a very directive senior pastor.  But today I have issued a decree.  There will be NO working in this church office until after we’ve prayed. 

Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Revive us, O LORD!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2007 1:01 pm

    Excellent news! May it be as in Acts 6:7

    And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

  2. September 18, 2007 3:40 pm

    Man, if you wanna start being more directive, s/ok wif me, if yer gonna issue edicts like that!

  3. martian koolaid permalink
    September 18, 2007 5:37 pm

    Agreed. CFC actually hires a professional prayer. She has a wall with pictures of all the church members on a wall and spends all day praying for them, and the church pays her a salary.

  4. September 18, 2007 7:51 pm

    There will be NO working in this church office until after we’ve prayed.

    Amen to that.

    Church (so-called) should never be run as a business/corporation. It probably shouldn’t even be run. But that’s altogether a different subject anyway.

  5. September 18, 2007 7:59 pm

    booya!

  6. September 19, 2007 7:40 pm

    I have a friend who was told by the Session that he essentially needed to pray for the church on his own time. Beyond comprehension.

  7. Albert permalink
    September 20, 2007 1:07 am

    @Martian Koolaid

    I understand what you’re saying, but “a hired professional prayer” might not be the right phrase. The person you’re referring to is addressed as “Deaconess Kim” at CFC. She’s a volunteer, lay minister as far as I can tell in my 10 years there. Since she’s advanced in years and can only speak Korean, the church takes care of her financial needs. Her gift of intercessory prayer is astounding. She’s very picky about the size and lighting of the photos, which are of the various cell groups in CFC. If they’re taken in slightly suboptimal lighting conditions or the people come out a tad small, then she’ll reject them and make the students take them again. That’s 600-700 faces she prayers over and keeps track of every academic year. And they keep changing!

  8. gorfchild permalink
    September 20, 2007 6:24 pm

    Albert:
    Deaconness Kim has a pretty cool ministry!

  9. Son of Matt permalink
    September 25, 2007 12:54 pm

    I’m glad for the new policy and encourage you guys to spend lots of time in the word and prayer while on the clock. And I don’t think your pastor friend should have gotten yelled at, but I wonder if the senior pastor was trying to say something a little different (although poorly)… He said something like “the people to whom he was ministering don’t get to have quiet times at work, so he shouldn’t either.” Could he have meant, not that he wanted to run the office like the secular one, but that he wanted the younger pastor to be as disciplined with his time as he expected his sheep to be…

    The sheep are expected to work a 40 hour a week job, but do all their praying, reading, SG, informal lunch fellowshipping with other believers, ministry to church, set-up, etc. all on their own time. So when a pastor says, “hey, you should spend some good time in the word this week,” and the sheep says “I’d love to, but it’s really had to fit that in between failing to pay the bills and taking the garbage out. How do you manage your time so well?” the pastor doesn’t have to say, “I don’t know, I don’t have to…”

    Or maybe the SP just wanted to run his church like the secular office…

  10. Egana permalink
    September 26, 2007 10:01 am

    hey Son of Matt… good point. I hadn’t thought of it from that perspective before.

    So hey there pastors, pray before you come AND after you get there! *wink*

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