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Thelma Asks... (The Pros & Cons Of...)





Good morning guys. I'm sorry for disappearing o! It couldn't be helped. I left Asaba for PH yesterday evening and I thought I shouldn't bother blogging till I've gotten a full night of sleep. For the last four days or so I was being woken up at 4.30am and I was never able to go to bed before 1am, and all day we were on our feet. BUT I'm here now, I'm rested and I missed you guys. 


This morning I have a question those who are or have been Church Workers. So here's the thing, some years ago the thought of being a church worker freaked me out, I couldn't think of anything worse. Not because I was the world's greatest sinner but becasue that level of commitment to the church turned my belly. To me it meant frequent meetings, being unable to miss service without being interrogated, mixing with people I had no interest in mixing with, being unable to sin act freely, not being able to leave town whenever I wanted, not being able to leave the church if/when I wanted without a group of people coming to my doorstep to ask why... and a lot of other factors. It was the last thing I ever thought I'd want to be. 

However some weeks back I began to want nothing more than to be a church worker. Quite unlike me I didn't think and think and overthink before making my decision, I actually went right to the church office and informed them of my decision. I knew I'd have to do some courses/take some classes for about six months before I can become one and I'm fully prepared, unfortunately I was told that I'm too late to join the present class and wouldn't be able to begin till the next batch starts in February/March 2015. 

So my question is this, in your experience or to the best of your knowledge, What are the pros and cons of being a church worker?

I ask this because while it's the very air some people breathe, some others have told me some sordid experiences they had as a result of being a church worker. Now they say; it's better to just do your own thing, go to church, pray, go home. Once you start getting involved with church work so many unpleasantness gets in the mix. 

Can anyone help out here?

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  1. When I used to go churches (before I became a JW).
    I was a worker and even in the Choir.
    I can say the Cons are more than the Pros.
    And in contrast to what u said Thelma, We (me inclusive) sinned freely too bcos na church bros them dey request for the "sisters act" but if u truly have the Fear of God, such commitment makes U grounded.
    So i'll say go for it. But, u have to be ready to "UnSee" so many vices from the church leaders that u'll be exposed to & perform like it's ONLY between U & God...
    I wish U well.

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  2. I find it stressful for some of the reasons you've pointed out, but then I think it's an obligation for a professed xtian. It'l give you some sort of purpose and God rewards those who work in his vineyard.

    Happy sunday T.

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  3. The two challenges I had were the dress code and getting to church at 7 am. I hate wearing tie and never a morning person.

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  4. Exactly ma reasons too for running then bt at a time I decided to try it out and I've since been reaping d fruits . Being a church worker gives you a sense of belonging and responsibility. You jus see yourself become closer and closer to God...... It. Really does help.

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  5. I love being a church worker.ds I cn tell u Thelma,d joy of wrkn in God's house greatly surpasses all d cons put together.wsh I could xplain beta.Happy Sunday evry1

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  6. T you have eloped from the catholic church?
    Being a church worker like everyother thing in life has both good sides and bad but whatever you do is between you and God and how pure your heart is while doing it cos so many ppl become church workers for the wrongest of reasons.
    When I was serving I was a church worker, my challenges were the frequent meetings and not being able to just wake up one morning and travel you have to inform somebody... The good part is it draws you closer to God and also gives you a sense of responsibility, it also teaches you how to serve or lead depending on your position.

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  7. Being a church worker is the best thing I could ever wish for,it's keeps u in check, helps u stand firm even when i want to fall,something just helps me stand, though the stress is hectic because in my own church, u have to resume for workers prayer by 6am and have workers prayer for two hours before the service on an empty stomach and a times we go on fasting for three whole days(dry)MFM things but it's been blissful so far. Thelms dear,go for it and see God doing extra wonders in your life,,he has done it for me and I know what I mean. Happy Sunday T and all TTB readers.

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    1. Lmaoo! 3 days dry fast... holy fire tinz...

      Thelma, go for it! No doubt... there can(would) be cons... you're working for God but you'll work with people in the process and people can be(are) bad! you might have to "bend" some things and adjust your schedule... but you'll get used to it! and you'll love it.

      One thing you should never ever forget... you're working for GOD, NOT man. With that in mind, you'll be fine!

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  8. My own experience is very unique and it would be unfair to say its the norm i guess, but being a church worker ruined my life about 2 years ago and that same experience prompted me to move back home. Although my church here, theyve been trying to get me back into it (i play the keyboard and sing) but i have just told them to let me be for now. Again, i wouldnt say it would happen to you, i'd never be able to share my story but if you ask me, i'd go with your last 2 lines....i'd say do your own thing, pray, go to church, go home...it could be unpleasant....but most of all, have your own personal relationship with God!

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    1. My dear crush... I don't know what happened to you... but I understand. My parents have had their own share of (bad) experience... but they didn't let it deter them... neither should you! **hugs**

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    2. my darling Kabuoy.....thanks for the encouragement hun, i have a feeling i would go back to it but much later as in later later...lol....youre the bestest....****hugsss****

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  9. Being a church worker gives me so much joy. As for the cons, I've got one question. If you were working in an organization and you had to deal with terrible people, difficult bosses and extremely long hours with very good pay, would u quit because of the challenges there? My guess is no. So the pros(blessings and joy in the place of service), for me, far outweigh the cons. So, Thelma abeg go ahead and work for God. Your life won't remain the same, trust me.

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  10. By being a church worker, I'm sure you mean serving in a unit in church, say choir, usher etc, not necessarily working in the church office? Trust me, the only thing that will keep you going is your decision to work for God. You will have nasty experiences, with fellow workers, with the congregation (who will now see you more), with the pastorate and church admin, etc. Its even worse for big churches, which is what HOTR is, so get ready. However, like I said, when you know what you want to do, which is serve God and grow deeper in Him, you would be able to overcome whatever comes your way. As long as you do it with love for God in mind, the pros def outweigh the cons. Finally, don't let the physical activities take over your spirituality, because a lot of people enroll to be church workers to get closer to God, but alas, that is just when their backsliding begins. They become too occupied with physical work, organizing church activities, etc that you now find that you pay little attention to your spirituality. You no longer come to church to experience worship, sit n receive the word etc, you are now actually busy during services (tho that's dependent on what unit you serve in). So endeavor to find a balance, because there will not be any substitute for growth in God. That you work in church does not mean that your knowledge of God will (automatically) increase etc.

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  11. Working for God is good. I believe as an adult you know what decisions that are best for you. It is a personal choice. Some people work in church yet their lifestyle doesn't reflect any inch of Godliness; I decided to clean the house of God every sunday morning, I get to church 5.45am every sunday for almost a year now and i must confess that God has been faithful to me.

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