Friday, August 15, 2008

One Week Down

Well, I made it through my first week in the office. And I think I'm going to like it here!

Not that there aren't some adjustments I'm still making. There is definitely a lot more desk/meeting/paperwork/computer time involved in this job than in teaching, which is messing with me a bit. It's kind of odd to not be with kids all day every day. I also love my roommate, but I'm not gonna lie - it's slightly unnerving to share a cubicle with someone all day, and then come home to find the same person there. She's pretty cool though, so I'm sure I'll get over it.

It's been exciting to meet everyone on staff and watch them work. Two Rivers has a huge staff - both pastoral and support staff. They really focus on having staff who specialize and are gifted in the areas they oversee. It's refreshing to have people who do what they love and love what they do. It's also very refreshing to see the Sandbox at work. The language the staff uses makes it clear that they are familiar with healthy, dynamic team strategy, and the mission of the church is clearly displayed, used, and integrated into everything that happens here.

Everyone is also very set free to do their work within that mission, and it's a very freeing, empowering feeling! I love being given a task, and then set free to accomplish it in my own way while still sticking to the guidelines. That has always been how I work best (I definitely pulled out a 6th grade English paper the other day that got creative with the writing assignment), and I think I will end up thriving in this kind of environment.

Finally, I have been encouraged by the deep love and caring spirit of everyone here. I feel like I belong (except, of course, for the funny accent). The youth pastor here told me while praying for me that he's had a picture of a horse that had been trying desperately to run, but had been muzzled for a long time and was now going to be freed.

And boy, am I ready to run!

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