Wow, Where Have I Been

Its funny, at no time in my life have I had more time on my hands and yet I haven't written many blog posts lately. Well I was thinking about one thing in particular so I thought I would share. If you follow my Twitter you know that I am considering no longer telling people that I am a pastor here to plant a church and just telling them that I'm a singer/musician/songwriter. This obviously sounds much cooler, not that I'm saying it is (it is) but it has another effect as well. Generally when I tell people what I do, their mood changes immediately. It doesn't matter if they are church going types or party going types. No matter their background, mine is always a buzz kill.

So the big question is, "is this misleading or lying?" Would you be upset if someone did this to you?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not ashamed of what I do or why I do it. But I have a friend in California (who shall remain nameless) who does testing on animals. Seriously, that's what she does (its for cardiac research so a good cause). She's not ashamed of it but she never comes right out and says, I cut of rats tails or anything like that. She says, "I'm a research assistant." Is this something I should do to be able to have a real relationship with people? If someone knows what I do, I have to spend weeks if not months breaking down the walls that just saying "I'm a pastor" builds. Its an interesting thing.

Let me know what you guys think. Hopefully we'll have some interesting discussion.



Big Happy said...

i say you test out different titles and use whatever one gives you the most opening to explain what you do later so that they get to know you on a personal basis first then later on in the conversation you can come back to it or maybe not but something that will peak a little curiousity that might kinda puss off the buzz kill

Big Happy said...

test titles
music guy
worship pastor
worship leader
worship dude
band leader
lead singer((in a band)that just happens to play at a church every sunday morning)
but yeah try um out the pure title gold right there

Heather said...

I think that's fair. Give it a try for a few weeks. If someone asks you about church, tell them what you do. But really... you're not on a salary yet with church right? So... is it technically your job? Did you get the part in the band? Get them touring in SF! :)