One year ago, I left my career in the ministry to move to Knoxville and re-enter the workforce. It has been a big adjustment.
First of all, I went from a creative role as a worship pastor at a church to a technical role as a project analyst at an engineering and construction site. Very challenging shift.
Secondly, working for a church is much different then working in a regular job. Some things I had to reacquaint myself with…
- Cusswords. Don’t have a problem with it, it’s just not something you hear in a church environment…or at least one in the south!
- 5:00 AM. My clock didn’t used to have this time on it. It usually didn’t start before 6:30 or 7:00.
- Meetings don’t end in prayer. For some reason, this has been the biggest adjustment of them all.
- Security. All I can say about that is “If I told you, I’d have to kill you.” HA! Seriously, the place I work is quite secure. Think “national security”.
It has been very refreshing for me to be back at a “normal” job. The ministry is tough. Demands are quite high and you have to live in a glass house. It sucks. I like the fact that when I go to work, I don’t have to pretend to have all my junk in place. (I could use another word there, but I’ll choose to keep this censored. 😀 )
So the change has taken some getting used to, but I like it. There are some really good people that I have gotten to know. And I have an opportunity to live out the gospel before many people who do not have a relationship with Jesus every single day. Can’t get that in a church!