I work as a church secretary at what I consider the best church in the world, Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church in Rossville, Georgia. Sure, we are not a perfect church, but God has blessed us for over 65 years. Our Pastor George Pinion is highly respected and is a great preacher. His wife Janet is a precious lady who faithfully stands beside him and is an asset to our church. Our church members are kind and compassionate and love the Lord. These are just a few reasons I love my job here at Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church. I was offered the position in February 2007 and was surprised, excited and scared to death at the same time about taking the position. The thought of working along side my pastor, who I greatly respect, and having the whole congregation looking at whatever I did each week in the bulletin was a little overwhelming at first. I talked it over with my husband and prayed about my decision and at first I could not get a peace about taking the position. I told the Lord that if he wanted me to have the job to please give me a peace about it and He truly did. I had no more doubts that God was in it after that.
Most people have no idea what a church secretary does each day. There is more than answering the phone and printing out a bulletin each week. For the most part, you are the secretary for all the members of the church. Any events, revivals, special meetings, letters to be typed up, prayer requests for our mid-week services, monthly calendars, things to be copied, people coming in and out, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I like staying busy. The hard part about my job is when I mess up; I tend to take things personally. I try not to and the Lord is helping me with this, but it happens and I just pray about it and the Lord reminds me again that He has placed me here for a reason.
At first I guess I looked at it as a job at my church. I loved the thought of that, but the longer I work here the more the Lord is showing me it’s more than a job. It’s a ministry to the people. You see although the pastor is the one who gives me instructions each day, my true boss or “savior and master” is the Lord Jesus Christ. In everything I do here as secretary I want to please Him above all else. In the simplest decisions such as what picture to put with something in the bulletin I want to do it to glorify God. I have failed many times and forgot something in the bulletin or miss-spelled someone’s name. I’m sure there are others that could do a much better job than I do. But I truly love my job, my pastor and his wife, and the members of Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church. But most of all I love my Lord and Savior who always directs my paths and places me where he wants me to be. God has truly blessed me by placing me here as church secretary.
Teresa D. Hillis
Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church