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Leav97-I'm with you. He *should* be able to set aside certain days/nights to not work. Sadly, that's not how ministry works (as I've been reminded weekend after weekend, evening after evening, and holiday after holiday). He has a set schedule right now, but that's only for his "normal hours." If he has to take a meeting with a parent or parishoner, well, he has to take it when the person can meet with him. He's able to work an almost regular 9-5 type schedule to take care of the planning and administrative things he needs to do, but the relationships he has to work on forging, and the special events he has to hold, and the classes he needs to teach all need to occur when other people can make them. And since most people work day jobs, they're only available after hours and on the weekends. Does that make sense?
Plus, there's this unspoken (but kind of spoken) expectation that he, well... I don't know, bend to the every whim of every memeber of the church? That might be overstating it, but I hope you all get my meaning. He's working at a place where he's supposed to *serve* the population. Most days it's all give and no take. It's frustrating, especially because he's paid so poorly.
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.
I just want to encourage you to keep job hunting, even if you get the coffee shop job. Your English degree CAN open doors for you.
I have an English degree, and getting a job as an administrative assistant at a university was the best thing for my career. People look down on administrative assistant work, because it doesn't necessary need a degree, but it is a great entry-level job and can pay really well, plus you learn all about the field you are working in. Working at a university is awesome for English majors. You may be able to pick up some college-level teaching experience. I taught a study skills class without a masters degree. You have access to a world-class library, and there are promotional opportunities.
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
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