As I was looking for possible jobs today, I realized that I would really like to work in marketing/web design/public relations kind of fields. All the things that I’ve been wanting to do for churches for so long (involving that gawd-awful word ‘CHANGE’) has been the death of my career in ministry. It struck me that in the business world I could get paid stupid amounts of money to walk into a company as a ‘consultant’ and tell them all the changes they need to make to more effectively reach and serve their market. So, I don’t know if it will actually work, but today I applied for a job in a new marketing firm in the area. Meanwhile, I searched Amazon for books on marketing and came up with a number of good reads. Since my pastor, Roger, had a copy of The Tipping Point I thought I might start there. I also picked up Your marketing sucks. And I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a copy of The Cluetrain Manifesto for a while now.
I should clarify. When I say that “my career in ministry is over” I mean that I cannot and will not get paid to do ministry. It will not be my career. I will always do the ministry that I feel called to: being the Church, loving like Christ, and healing people physically, emotionally, mentally, and eternally by being a Kingdom with-ness in the here and now. However, I will not make it my job. It is my life.