Gratitude List For My Job: Pastoral Ministry


I have heard from many pastors about how the church they work at, they would not personally attend as a parishioner. This is a sad state of affairs. It signals more than job dissatisfaction, but also value clash, vision struggle, and a misaligning of ideals. At best, it indicates that there is a lot of work to be done. At worst, it heralds the beginning of the end of the call to that place.

I have gone through this myself, when I have worked at a parish where I would not personally attend. I know I am a bit of a snob in things, but I am quite certain I was not alone in that assessment. People are looking for things. If I was not able to see it or find it there, chances are others would feel the same way too.

Which is why I am grateful every day I work at Woven. Were I to move to this city – Houston – be it in the energy sector or for any other industry other than pastoral ministry, I would attend this church myself. I would seek it out, google search it, do my homework, and I could conceivably see myself winding up here. It is exactly the type of church I would want to go to.

I am pastoring the church I myself would go to.

So I am so grateful:

  • Grateful for my great team of staff, leaders, members, and core community.
  • Grateful for the myriad gifts, talents, abilities.
  • Grateful for increasing effectiveness
  • Grateful for more avenues forming for discipleship
  • Grateful for the life transformation that is evident
  • Grateful for new possibilities of ministry
  • Grateful for the fun that is work
  • Grateful to be paid for what I enjoy doing.

There is a playfulness when I know God is doing the heavy lifting. He is in control. Taking care of things. I get to be playful alongside. Goofy even. When I am free, I am doing ministry as one who is allowing myself to be known. To know, and be known. This is a gift.

Published by Wayne Park

Asian-American clergyman thinking about issues of faith, place, race and culture-making in the vast city of Houston, TX

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