Welcome to the office…my first day in my new office

Day One at the Sunridge Church office.  Overall, one can never predict what their first experience in a new place is like.  So, for your fun and my torture I offer you my version of The Office.

  • Arrive at 8:40ish…  “you are early…the rest just trickle in after 9 AM”
  • I open my new spacious office digs…”how do I use this phone?”
  • lesson in phone and voice mail
  • I get withdrawals not having email or a computer yet, so I call the IT guy and get my smart phone setup for email.  Cool, I am live!
  • I see someone with a bagel…”they are in the work room with cream cheese…” I cave in, since I find a bagel baked in cheese and jalapeño peppers.  Yikes, what is my breath like on my first day.
  • In talking to an office mate, I hear of a letter written about worship.  MY FIRST COMPLAINT to deal with!
  • Then, I go downstairs and learn about “In Touch” cards.  Another complaint… it was the same woman saying it was “TOO LOUD” in church this past Sunday
  • I answer my very first voicemail…then rearrange my desk, empty two boxes.  It feels a bit like my office now that the lava lamp is out.
  • Heading home now at 12:30…lunch…
  • …I work at home since I like computers and get some stuff inputed on a database
  • 2:54 pm I arrive back in the office lobby, waiting for me are two of the three people I get to lead in a meeting I never previously attended.
  • While waiting I am handed a check…nice
  • Our meeting is fun, since these guys hate long meetings as much as I do…however we end at 5:30 pm which means a long meeting…
  • The IT guy gets another call, since I am trying to get a computer online…
  • Mike is kept talking to me after that failed attempt, and I have to take his phone away and promise his wife a free dinner for keeping  Mike so late…
  • 6:25 pm…finally home!

I did it.  Made it through my first day at the office…

Share:
Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

40 comments

  1. All is good here, Theresa and I are in for dinner.
    Never leave us talking on our own or we will never get home.

  2. All is good here, Theresa and I are in for dinner.
    Never leave us talking on our own or we will never get home.

  3. All is good here, Theresa and I are in for dinner.
    Never leave us talking on our own or we will never get home.

  4. All is good here, Theresa and I are in for dinner.
    Never leave us talking on our own or we will never get home.

  5. Miss ya man. The house feels wierd so empty… And I can hear the squirrels running across the roof all the time.

  6. Miss ya man. The house feels wierd so empty… And I can hear the squirrels running across the roof all the time.

  7. Miss ya man. The house feels wierd so empty… And I can hear the squirrels running across the roof all the time.

  8. Miss ya man. The house feels wierd so empty… And I can hear the squirrels running across the roof all the time.

  9. Two complaints in one day??Two complaints on your first day??!!

    Haha – that’s my kind of church! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well man. Hockey season starts tomorrow – you need a new time now that you’re not a northerner.

  10. Two complaints in one day??Two complaints on your first day??!!

    Haha – that’s my kind of church! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well man. Hockey season starts tomorrow – you need a new time now that you’re not a northerner.

  11. Two complaints in one day??Two complaints on your first day??!!

    Haha – that’s my kind of church! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well man. Hockey season starts tomorrow – you need a new time now that you’re not a northerner.

  12. Two complaints in one day??Two complaints on your first day??!!

    Haha – that’s my kind of church! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well man. Hockey season starts tomorrow – you need a new time now that you’re not a northerner.

  13. Sounds very cool. I wonder what it would be like to be on staff as a worship leader. By the way…Sing it loud and sing it proud. J/K. What are you doing about the complaint? I’m not sure what I would do.

  14. Sounds very cool. I wonder what it would be like to be on staff as a worship leader. By the way…Sing it loud and sing it proud. J/K. What are you doing about the complaint? I’m not sure what I would do.

  15. Sounds very cool. I wonder what it would be like to be on staff as a worship leader. By the way…Sing it loud and sing it proud. J/K. What are you doing about the complaint? I’m not sure what I would do.

  16. Sounds very cool. I wonder what it would be like to be on staff as a worship leader. By the way…Sing it loud and sing it proud. J/K. What are you doing about the complaint? I’m not sure what I would do.

  17. just let her know that heaven will be a lot louder….jk….or explain that you won’t really be loud til your last day! hahaha sounds like you are home…sigh….

  18. just let her know that heaven will be a lot louder….jk….or explain that you won’t really be loud til your last day! hahaha sounds like you are home…sigh….

  19. just let her know that heaven will be a lot louder….jk….or explain that you won’t really be loud til your last day! hahaha sounds like you are home…sigh….

  20. just let her know that heaven will be a lot louder….jk….or explain that you won’t really be loud til your last day! hahaha sounds like you are home…sigh….

  21. For the couple who asked how I handle complaints…
    I always offer a response to people who give their name and offer to meet face to face. No name, no weight given. That just encourages bad behavior and immaturity.

    What most church people do not want to hear is that a lot of things in worship services that they do not like simply are preferences–not a plot to rid the church of certain people or anything more. It is very hard to tell your dear friends and saints that the church is about a mission to reach those who have different preferences in style, volume and so forth. And, add to the fact that these people are new in their faith in Christ. Just because I am a Christian for a long time does not give me the right to see my preferences rise to the top. Maturity means I need to be willing to pass on the message of the Gospel to a whole new generation.

    So, I would love to meet with these people who complain. Often, there is nothing wrong with the facts–they just do not like something. I assume the best until an agenda other than the mission of the church is pressed. That is where leaders have to focus.

    Indeed, “blessed subtractions” might be true in some cases. Why? If someone moves on to a church where they can have their preference and win and the former church wins since the ones they love are not against their way of living our their mission then that is good.

    All this is to say that I have been in this ministry of worship long enough to have heard many things.

  22. For the couple who asked how I handle complaints…
    I always offer a response to people who give their name and offer to meet face to face. No name, no weight given. That just encourages bad behavior and immaturity.

    What most church people do not want to hear is that a lot of things in worship services that they do not like simply are preferences–not a plot to rid the church of certain people or anything more. It is very hard to tell your dear friends and saints that the church is about a mission to reach those who have different preferences in style, volume and so forth. And, add to the fact that these people are new in their faith in Christ. Just because I am a Christian for a long time does not give me the right to see my preferences rise to the top. Maturity means I need to be willing to pass on the message of the Gospel to a whole new generation.

    So, I would love to meet with these people who complain. Often, there is nothing wrong with the facts–they just do not like something. I assume the best until an agenda other than the mission of the church is pressed. That is where leaders have to focus.

    Indeed, “blessed subtractions” might be true in some cases. Why? If someone moves on to a church where they can have their preference and win and the former church wins since the ones they love are not against their way of living our their mission then that is good.

    All this is to say that I have been in this ministry of worship long enough to have heard many things.

  23. For the couple who asked how I handle complaints…
    I always offer a response to people who give their name and offer to meet face to face. No name, no weight given. That just encourages bad behavior and immaturity.

    What most church people do not want to hear is that a lot of things in worship services that they do not like simply are preferences–not a plot to rid the church of certain people or anything more. It is very hard to tell your dear friends and saints that the church is about a mission to reach those who have different preferences in style, volume and so forth. And, add to the fact that these people are new in their faith in Christ. Just because I am a Christian for a long time does not give me the right to see my preferences rise to the top. Maturity means I need to be willing to pass on the message of the Gospel to a whole new generation.

    So, I would love to meet with these people who complain. Often, there is nothing wrong with the facts–they just do not like something. I assume the best until an agenda other than the mission of the church is pressed. That is where leaders have to focus.

    Indeed, “blessed subtractions” might be true in some cases. Why? If someone moves on to a church where they can have their preference and win and the former church wins since the ones they love are not against their way of living our their mission then that is good.

    All this is to say that I have been in this ministry of worship long enough to have heard many things.

  24. For the couple who asked how I handle complaints…
    I always offer a response to people who give their name and offer to meet face to face. No name, no weight given. That just encourages bad behavior and immaturity.

    What most church people do not want to hear is that a lot of things in worship services that they do not like simply are preferences–not a plot to rid the church of certain people or anything more. It is very hard to tell your dear friends and saints that the church is about a mission to reach those who have different preferences in style, volume and so forth. And, add to the fact that these people are new in their faith in Christ. Just because I am a Christian for a long time does not give me the right to see my preferences rise to the top. Maturity means I need to be willing to pass on the message of the Gospel to a whole new generation.

    So, I would love to meet with these people who complain. Often, there is nothing wrong with the facts–they just do not like something. I assume the best until an agenda other than the mission of the church is pressed. That is where leaders have to focus.

    Indeed, “blessed subtractions” might be true in some cases. Why? If someone moves on to a church where they can have their preference and win and the former church wins since the ones they love are not against their way of living our their mission then that is good.

    All this is to say that I have been in this ministry of worship long enough to have heard many things.

  25. I think we just need to kick it up a notch, bass in the face, massive kick in the rear end, screaming guitars making our ears melt or just use a pipe organ, either way it’s worship to God, I’m good with that alone.

  26. I think we just need to kick it up a notch, bass in the face, massive kick in the rear end, screaming guitars making our ears melt or just use a pipe organ, either way it’s worship to God, I’m good with that alone.

  27. I think we just need to kick it up a notch, bass in the face, massive kick in the rear end, screaming guitars making our ears melt or just use a pipe organ, either way it’s worship to God, I’m good with that alone.

  28. I think we just need to kick it up a notch, bass in the face, massive kick in the rear end, screaming guitars making our ears melt or just use a pipe organ, either way it’s worship to God, I’m good with that alone.

  29. Congratulations getting the job! It sounds like you’re off to a good start.

  30. Congratulations getting the job! It sounds like you’re off to a good start.

  31. Congratulations getting the job! It sounds like you’re off to a good start.

  32. Congratulations getting the job! It sounds like you’re off to a good start.

Leave a Reply