Saturday, November 17, 2007

Confused

I just got off the phone with the Clerk of Session of the church I thought for sure I was going to serve as interim pastor. When am I going to learn to never think anything is "for sure?"

Well, it turns out that there was some confusion at their Session meeting Thursday night concerning my pay package. There were those present who thought I had said that the figure we were talking about included Board of Pension dues (pension and medical insurance.) When they found out by the others who did not have that misunderstanding that that was not the case, they freaked out a little. So the Session decided to table the discussion until the whole Stewardship committee can meet a week from next Thursday!

I told her that I had another offer and that I could not keep them waiting for so long. Besides, my family needs me employed pronto.

I am so confused. I truly thought I would go to serve this church, as I was not as drawn to the other church. However,I told this other church that I would let them know by Monday and I know that they are clear on the package. In fact, when the man called me to offer the position to me, he repeated twice, "This is not including Board of Pensions dues."

I can't see turning down the solid offer and waiting for the other. Even if I did wait, do I still want to go to this church? Do I not accept either position and wait for a called position? What do we do for money to pay the mortgage?

I am feeling sheer panic right now and need to just calm down. I'm sorry if I'm rambling and making no sense.

Any thoughts out there?

10 comments:

Alex said...

Oh crap! Why do churches do stuff like this? I am SO sorry that this church didn't have their story straight over something that affects you and your family so deeply. I hope things work out.

Magdalene6127 said...

Yeah, what Alex said. I am praying for your clarity, (((Iris))).

Towanda said...

breathe deeply, darlin'...

Songbird said...

Gosh, that is so upsetting! Churches and communication don't seem to go together well, do they?

Wyldth1ng said...

Why can't the you tell the first church that you need a little more time till the end of the week?
Or why can't you tell the desired church that you need a decision in a quicker time?

Is there really pastor falling from the sky that these churches can be so picky?

Cathy said...

praying for you -- know this is a hard decision!

Singing Owl said...

Just read this...yikes! I'm thinking pretty much the same as what wyld1th1ng said? And I'm praying hard!

Grace thing said...

Okay. Keep breathing, Iris. My prayer is that you will know what to do tomorrow...that you will just know what to do. I'm so excited for you. You will end up in the right place. This is crazy, though! Jeez! (((Iris)))

Mrs. M said...

(((Iris)))

Crystal said...

thinking and praying for you Iris

{{{iris}}}