What’s it like to work at Suncrest?

I’m biased.  I can admit that.  I love serving this church and I love, love, love our staff.

It’s amazing with all the change and growth around here – and the pressure it creates – how stable our staff has been.   I imagine some people think working for a church means everyone has a restful, peaceful, harmonious, slow-paced heavenly experience.  Uh…Not exactly.

We push our staff so much and they respond with such passion and dedication.   Their work is literally NEVER done.  They are expected to build life-changing ministries with excellence and continual growth…that are fully dependent on volunteers with ultra-thin budgets. Simple, eh?

What they DO  have is a sense of calling and a soul-centered belief that what we are doing is more important than anything else in the world.  To steal a slogan, “It’s the hardest job you will ever love.”

Every now and then, I try to help them “come up for air” so at a recent staff meeting I just asked them to reflect on what they loved about working at Suncrest. Here are some of the answers…

  • Relationships as a team.  Common people caring for and about each other.
  • Work with friends.  Flexible.  Talk openly.  Healthy organizational life.  Fun.  Great leaders.  We don’t take ourselves too seriously.
  • Genuine belief & value of all people (especially me).  Depth/richness of love.  Holy discontent.
  • Laughter & camaraderie.  Focused & purposeful.  Comfort/safe – can be yourself.   Flexibility.
  • Support from leadership.  Don’t have to pretend.  Calling me to something better.
  • Flexibility.  Family environment.  Openly talk about things.  Fun.  Best use of my abilities.
  • Friendships on team.  Level of trust from congregation.  Laughter.
  • Energetic staff, members, people.  Always having something going on.  Laughter is all around.
  • Friendships on staff.  Trust among volunteers.
  • The people I serve with both staff & volunteers.  Flexibility.  Excellence.  Fun.  We’ve not arrived.
  • Being a small part of helping people in their relationship with God.
  • The people  – real people.  Casual.  Laughter is everywhere.

I love our team…every one of them.  We are far from perfect.  We have our tensions and frustrations.  But we love it anyway.

~ by Greg Lee on March 10, 2011.

4 Responses to “What’s it like to work at Suncrest?”

  1. The class I’m in right now (the last one!) is about training and motivation in the workplace. The author of one of our textbooks says that employee goals fall into three categories: equity (being treated fairly), achievement, and camaraderie. I see all that mentioned in the lists above. And if not exactly worded that way, the achievement is obvious! It shows in ministry resulting in changed lives. Praying for you! And prayers of thanks for you as well.

  2. Can a “former employee” of Suncrest send a comment? The years I had the privilege to “work” at Suncrest were awesome. The opportunity that I was given to be a part of such a dedicated group was truly humbling….especially in my particular case, coming from a Catholic background, I felt like a “baby Christian” but everyone was so helpful and you all helped me grow….and for that I thank you! You do the Lord’s work with such dedication.

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