If you had asked me a few years ago if I ever saw myself working in a church, I would have chuckled!  After a great 30-year career at NYU I imagined my next move would be related to college coaching or something of the like.  After retiring I took some time off to focus on family and to travel.  My intention was to begin planning my next career move in January 2020.  Instead, I started my new job last week at GRC in a place and with people that I love!  But it wasn’t all that simple….

When I first saw the posting for the Director of Ministry Operations (DOMO) position in the bulletin back in August, it piqued my interest because the job entails exactly what I did at NYU, and it is work that I enjoy.  I thought about applying very briefly but then decided not to as I already had an idea about what I wanted to do next.  Several weeks went by and I was asked to serve on the GRC search committee and I agreed.  During those weeks the Holy Spirit was working on my heart to apply for the position but I didn’t listen.  I didn’t listen because I had an idea and I wanted to do what I wanted to do—not what the Holy Spirit was telling me to do—because sometimes I think I know best.  By  the time the search committee met for the first time in early September, it became obvious to me that Holy Spirit was being persistent and clear: “Laura, apply to this position”.  I had not discussed it with anyone, including my husband, and I expected him to tell me it wasn’t a good idea.  Werner’s reaction was one of support, excitement and exhortation to listen to the Holy Spirit.  I then knew I had to listen to what the The Lord was telling me to do.

I applied for the DOMO position, and unlike any other job I have ever applied to, I didn’t worry about the outcome.  I knew this was in The Lord’s hands and He is in control.  I figured if I get the job, “great”; if I don’t get the job, “The Lord doesn’t want me this for me.”  After a very thorough search I was offered the position of DOMO at GRC.  I was thrilled but didn’t fully realize the blessing The Lord had placed in my life.

Last week I felt a new spring in my step, and joy and peace in my heart.  I can’t think of a better job or career move for me at this juncture in my life.  The Lord has better plans for me than I have for myself.  If I had not listened, and not been obedient to the Holy Spirit, I would have missed out on this great blessing!  It is my honor and pleasure to serve The Lord, GRC and all of you in this new role!

Laura Tretner recently joined the GRC staff as the Director of Ministry Operations.

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