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It has come to my attention that the name of this blog, when combined with my recent “outing” of myself as a current non-church-goer, has led to the idea that I am anti-church. (To be clear: When I say “church” I mean the church as an organization or institution. The place we all go to every Sunday morning.) I am writing this with a smile because I know that nothing could be further from the truth. My life has been all about the church. It has been my epicenter, social circle, workplace and happy place for as long as I can remember. I have never dreaded Sunday, but always looked forward to a beautiful time with friends who love and adore God as much as I do.
If I could be accused of anything, it would be that I am guilty of loving the church too much. The evidence?.....
- Began attending church while still in the womb.
- Could be found in church every Sunday morning and evening and Wednesday night nearly all my life. Add in several week-long sessions of special meetings, conferences, Bible studies etc.
- Began teaching Sunday school classes at age 14 years. Continued until about age 45.
- Involved in Youth group until old enough to be a youth leader.
- Moved from attending & teaching Sunday school to being a Sunday School Superintendent, appointed, trained and dismissed teachers.
- Attended Church nursery, volunteered in church nursery, then was director of church nursery.
- Youth Pastor’s wife – 2 or 3 yr
- Singles Pastor’s wife – 2 yr
- Young Marrieds Pastor’s wife – 2 yr
- Head of Women’s Ministry – 10 yr
- Children’s Pastor – 15 yr
- Senior Home Ministry – 2 yr
- Associate Pastor’s wife – 7 yr
- Interim Pastor’s wife – 9 months
- Senior Pastor’s wife – 10 yr
- Church secretary, janitor, decorator – 10 yr
- Church Outreach coordinator, Lambtown Booth & Nativity in the park & Parade floats – 10 yr
- Mid-week Children’s ministry – 10 yr
- Ministry School Overseer & Admin – 10 yr
- Church Receptionist & Admin for a large church – 4 yr
- (Looks like I had a lot of different husbands huh?)
Even after all of that…over 30 years in church ministry, I can honestly say that I love the church and I had very few moments when I did not look forward to the Sunday morning gathering. I know many ministry people who cannot say that.
The name of this blog is “Recovering Church Lady” and most of you know that it is a humorous reference to the Saturday Night Live character by Dana Carvey called The Church Lady. I explain her and my reason for choosing this name in the 2 INFO pages at the top of this blog here & here. The blog name has nothing to do with church or my current situation as a non-attender. I am not a wounded anti-church advocate. I am in between churches at the moment due to the ending of our staff position in the last church. Our former church was and is awesome with a capital “A”! I love the people there. (Hi gang!) I was ministered to and nurtured there in ways I will cherish forever. We continued attending for a year after our ministry job ended but it began to feel sad and awkward and I know that God was leading us out and into something new.
We still don’t know what the “new” is and that leads me to this question…….Is there any other way to be the church? I am not anti-church, but I do wonder if there is any other way. Can we be a community of believers without finding ourselves working to pay for the lights and air-conditioning of a building? I have no answers to the question nor any agenda by asking it. Just wondering and trying not to be afraid of the question.
Thanks for reading this unusually long post. I hate the idea that readers may see my blog name and make the wrong assumption. I’m not ready to change the name, but who knows what the future holds? Certainly not me, and today I am OK with that. :)
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