July 3rd @ 11:47 a.m.
Dear Hardworking Church Secretary (who wants to not only work hard, but also smart),
Your search for the right tools to help you ignite a “get-more-done” fire at work and in your life has landed you in the right place. I was just like you… searching that is… until I just got fed up. Trying to find quality time management and organization information specifically for church secretaries was like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
About $150 later I realized I had to do it on my own. I had to figure out the best system for me and my pastor.
Don’t get me wrong… the stuff I did find was great, but it focused mostly on the spiritual side of things… of course that is always needed, but I am a “good member” and I learn well from my pastor.
I needed help naturally… I needed tangible tools that would produce results at work.
So, I read (and still read) tons of books and websites on time management and took classes intended for “secular” administrative assistants.
I was desperate…
I don’t want you to feel like I felt. I knew I wasn’t the only one searching. So as a result… this website was born.
And I know that if you’re like most church secretaries and assistants, your phone is ringing off the hook, you have a gazillion emails in your inbox and your boss (Pastor) just gave you an assignment that needs to be completed right away… and your day just got started! You’re probably screaming “SERENITY NOW” and trying not to head for the hills in frustration!
Don’t pack your bags just yet! Give me just 5 minutes of your time and I’ll show you the light at the end of your dark tunnel!
When I first started my job as an Executive Assistant, I was a little frustrated. My boss operated completely different than I did and I had to make huge adjustments to the way I thought and worked.
I had to learn not to make assumptions about my assignments because most times she wanted something the opposite of what I was thinking.
I had to learn how to still get my work done even though I was in and out of her office every 5 or 10 minutes. (I’m sure you can relate to that one!)
I even got assigned to write a 90+ page book in only my 2nd week on the job!
Necessity is the mother of invention…
… and for the most part, I was good at organizing and planning… I am an engineer by degree and had been a small business owner for several years. So “getting things together” wasn’t the part that was hard for me.
The part that gave me the most trouble was understanding my boss. Was she a morning person? When should I ask her questions? How does she already keep her files? How long should I wait before “gently” reminding her about something I needed? Was she a micro-manager, or did she give assignments and “forget” about them?
These are things that I’m sure you face or have faced too. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do believe that there is a reason I am the only person to have held my position as long as I have. I do know that my boss and I get along extremely well. And I know that my presence makes her job easier, not harder.
And believe me I don’t say these things to brag on myself, because I rely completely on God to help me anticipate her needs and do the job that I do. But that’s only one side of it. I also do “natural” things that help me to grow as a church secretary.
What does this have to do with you???
Well, when I was searching for books and other help related to being a church secretary, I couldn’t find anything that provided the tangible, “right now implementable” tools or principles that I needed. You know, something that if I tried it today, I’d see an improvement tomorrow. And the fact that you’re even on this site says that you’re searching too…right?
So I created my own systems and wrote my own book. I took courses intended for “secular” administrative assistants and applied them to my specific industry. I took the time to organize our office for maximum efficiency!
I want to help you do the same thing. I don’t want you to be frustrated with your job. I want you to love it as much as I love mine. I want you to be as efficient as you can be because in the end, your success equals Kingdom success!