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By: Honorary Rabbi Jo
Church is a dangerous place . People yell, and and act somewhat less than Christian , and throw things. Not always, only if you refer to them as ‘secretaries’ when we all know there is isn’t any such thing. It seems the secretaries have evolved into something else. Say the \”S-word\” and they hesitate for a moment , giving you the opportunity to light candles and plead forgiveness. But overlook this nanosecond and Jesus excuse Himself from the room for a few moments. your ‘Admin’ which we all know mean Administrative Assistant, which is short for, \”I’m very important as you will soon learn.\”
Meet My Dear Secretary Miss Helen
As a pastor for 3 decades you mark certain moments of change . Like when you say , \”Cool\” but what you really meant was , \”Epic.\” or when there’s a new staff opening. When the church had 50 members you could couldn’t forget the secretary’s name – wife. Your next secretary was Helen, who saw this as a ministry. She handled everything. Those Usher pin badges came from her; Sunday School teachers got their colored felt from her. She was your secretary for 20 years, but as her age increased so did the church size and scope. Eventually you had to hire a new person . You were about to discover another of those ministry changing moments, once again hinging on a word .
How to Replace the Secretary
The new person really was the right one for the task , and even though she spent the first week trying to locate the camouflaged Bible-shaped wall safe where Helen hid the Standard Annual Treasurer’s Record Book she has worked out fabulously. However, this human wanted a job description. She was a new breed – female – not woman , and she was only my secretary once. I made that error introducing her to a pastor friend, \”This is my new secretary Kelley.\” She politely but painfully pronouncing syllable by syllable said, \”Yes, I am the new Administrative Assistant .\” We never discussed it afterward; we never had to, Kelley is not a secretary, she is an Admin.
Regardless how you say it, everything your admin will need at some significantly reduced prices through your favorite online Christian Bookstore. They do don’t sell admins, at least not yet, but they have all the things she (or he) will need. Be Blessed. Godspeed.
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