Attending weekly services is a core tenet of the Christian experience. However, for many, merely attending church isn’t enough. It’s great to want to be more involved in the church, but many simply don’t know how.
Becoming a church caretaker is a great way to serve your faith and even aid your spiritual growth. So, what does a church caretaker do? We’ll cover that and more in this brief article.
One of the main responsibilities of being a caretaker is managing church repairs. They do many of the repairs themselves, asking nothing from the church except the cost of building materials. It’s also their job to find contractors when the repairs are beyond their skill set. So, if your church needs a commercial roof repair or replacement and you’re not a roofing contractor, it’s your job to find one.
Anyone can Google “commercial roofing in Abilene” and pick the roofing company at the top of the list, but it’s wise to do your due diligence to find contractors who will do the job well and respectfully. After all, you’re your church’s gatekeeper, and it’s up to you to choose the best roofers to do the job and provide excellent customer service.
Clean the church and prepare the sanctuary
Another important responsibility of caretakers is doing the custodial work. People expect to walk into a clean and orderly place of worship, so caretakers often come before services begin and stay long after they’re over to clean the sanctuary and rest of the church. It’s also their job to stock the bathrooms and kitchen to ensure they have all they need when church members need them.
Being the caretaker doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. After all, it’s also your job to let the congregation know what the church needs, request volunteers, and delegate responsibilities. Indeed, as a church caretaker, you’re also a church leader in training. And as the scriptures say in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin ….” Your beginnings may be small, but you’re a leader in training, and your role and responsibilities will grow with you.
Serve as an armor-bearer for the pastor
Most people consider the pastor to be the backbone of the congregation, but there’s a lot of work that goes into the pastor being able to do their job, and the caretaker does that work. Many caretakers serve as the pastor’s armor-bearer, serving as a personal assistant. They carry the pastor’s personal belongings, set up the pulpit before the sermon, and even help research for sermons. You may not wear a clergy collar, but you’ll still play a role in helping shape the church culture and flow of services.
As you can see, church caretakers and deacons are the backbones of their church in many ways. They may not be pastors or don clergy robes, but they play an invaluable role in the day-to-day church operations. They’re responsible for handling minor repairs, cleaning the church, and preparing it for services and special events. They also often serve as security for the church and even the pastor in some congregations. Furthermore, many caretakers serve as the pastor’s personal assistant or armor-bearer.
Indeed, being a caretaker comes with many responsibilities, but it’s a position of privilege, as well. You’ll get to spend more time in the company of the pastor, possibly enabling you to build a mentor-mentee or spiritual family relationship with them, maximizing your personal growth. You could also become seen as a leader in the church by others. You could even find yourself in the pulpit wearing a white collar and preaching God’s word someday. It’s all about manifesting the words of Matthew 25:23: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”