As some of you may or may not know, I work at Roosevelt Community Church part time (25 hrs). I love my job. It is the first job that I’ve ever actually felt appreciated at. It is a job where I am taken care of emotionally and financially, and asked “How are you doing?” and they actually mean it. One of RCC’s main focus is being In, For, and With the Community. With this being said, I’ve found out that my only impact on the community is through church activity inside and outside of the walls of the church. This is where Starbucks comes in.
Starbucks has this idea of the “third place” that I love. This idea that people go to work, home, and then to a third place which could be a place like starbucks. Since I only work 25 hours at RCC, and I want to start a family before all of my friends kids are in high school, I have applied to Starbucks throughout Bellingham and hope to be hired at the one just up the road from me.
The reason I chose to work at Starbucks, is because of what I know about them. I know that Starbucks treat their employees well. They give benefits, financially help with some college schooling, and I’ve heard that you get free coffee grounds. I also know that they are trying to get involved with their communities. This is a big one for me. Starbucks goes out into various communities and helps financially and physically to help make ends meet. I like this.
I’ve had discussions with people wondering if you even need to work at a church to do what I do, and I say “no”. You don’t have to work at a church, but when you get to work at a place that you agree with spiritually, morally, ethically and they treat you right and appreciate you, why would you move on? This is why I am staying at RCC and trying to work another part time job.
I like the idea of being “bi-vocational”. As a self diagnosed “slightly ADD” person, I need different atmospheres to keep me stimulated. I don’t think that we as church ministers are meant to be stuck in four walls throughout the day anyways. If you look at the idea of showing the gospel as opposed to sharing it, which of the two seems more like a minister?
With that being said, please be praying for me, thinking of me, sending good vibes my way – whatever it is that you do – for an interview that I have to become a St. Arbucks employee up the road from me. My interview is on thursday.