Right now I am fuming over this, and need to get this off my chest.
So I am an audio guy, soundman, engineer, or whatever derogatory term you want to use to belittle me and make me feel like not part of the band. Yeah,
I got it.
And a regular place I work is at a Christian church. Been there for years, and never missed a gig. You could say I have paid my dues with these
people, been extremely reliable, and am friends with all- but apparently that's not enough. Nope.
The worship director has decided, out of the blue, that it is now mandatory that I pray with the worship team, or I will be fired. The thing is, I
often have, voluntarily. I have tried to explain to him that I take care of those things at home, and am ok in that department, but no- it's time to
regress back to the 17th century and force the inquisition on me. Or he will get someone else- for a paid professional level position demanding a very
experienced sound dog to cope with a bunch of persnickety ass musicians with master's degrees who have to have the best.
But you gotta pray with the worship team or be fired. Never mind that they are not demanding this of anyone else but me. The volunteer guys that run
the video side of things? Nope, they show up much later- no demands on them. The musicians in the band who regularly come in late and miss the prayer
session altogether? Nope- no demands on them either. I guess they won't rock the boat with the volunteers. But they will with the paid staff- oh yeah.
Now since when is it Christian like- modern Christian like- to force a lowly sound dog to pray with a worship team all of a sudden, when nothing of
the sort was required, or has been required, since my initial hire years ago? Forcing me to pray with them, or be fired. That's the deal.
The praying part is no big deal. It's not about that at all. It's the principle of it. That a church full of supposed Christians is going to force
that on one of their very own employees. I am just stunned. I don't know what to do, other than just quit- which I don't really want to do.
So the question is do I have any legal recourse on this? Should I sue them? For what? Can I? Would the case hold any water, or burst like a water
balloon poked with a needle? What if I took this to the state labor board? They'd probably laugh at me.
I never imagined working at a church would be so political, but after having been there now for years and seeing what goes on- the politics,
backstabbing, yapping, jealousy, etc., it's hard to believe these people have the sincere love of any real God in their hearts at all.
Clueless what to do. But mad, very.
ETA: Also, due to the way this went down, I am wondering if there is a conspiracy against me there.
edit on Sun Aug 21st 2011 by TrueAmerican
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