CAREER DAY – What do Preachers Do?

I spent yesterday morning taking part in Childress Elementary’s Career Day. Wow, it was too much fun. I worried about how I could make my “career” as a minister sound interesting and keep the large group of 10 and 11 year-olds entertained.

When the day ended I thought that each group that came through listened well, and I think my talk went well too. The amazing thing was that I was the one that wound up being entertained. Here’s why…

I asked them, “What are some things you think preachers (that was their choice of words) do?” Here were some of their responses and my thoughts in parentheses:

  • Preachers understand the Bible. (Sometimes we do and other times we just pretend to.)
  • Preachers have fun. (I like that kid.)
  • Preachers pray a whole lot. (This one was mentioned about 10 times. I think need to pray more.)
  • Preachers get to see and bless lots of dead bodies. (This kid was kind of scaring me.)
  • Preachers work only one day a week. (Actually it’s one and a half. Don’t forget Wednesday nights.)
  • Preachers help people. (Finally getting somewhere.)

After I was through with each group, I asked them if they had any questions about what I do. Here were a few of their questions:

  • Do you get scared when you go to the prison to teach? (That was a good question.)
  • Do people sleep when you preach? (It was getting a little too personal.)
  • Can you tell things about the future? (I’m thinking the kid that wanted to know about blessing dead bodies may be a little odd when he grows up.)
  • Are their mythical creatures in the Bible like my Grandpa said? (I would have liked to have followed up on this one.)
  • Why are there big words in the Bible? (Good question.)
  • Are you older than my dad? (Probably.)
  • Has anyone ever “objected” in a wedding when you say, “Is there anyone here who objects to this wedding?” (I told them, “No, because I always take this part out of my wedding notes. If someone wants to object they should have done so long before now.”)

Kids are so inquisitive.

“And Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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  1. Don says:

    I went to “Career Day” about 12 years ago and it was rough. We all got beat out by the ALTEL Dad. He brought ink pens that looked like cell phone antennas.

    I learned a lot that day. Preacher’s “jobs” don’t translate well and always bring gifts! At least I was “Michael’s dad” and I WENT BEFORE THE ALTEL DAD.

    I also got to go up there for a Memorial Day [military service}… got stomped by the D-Day grandfather! Boy military intelligence versus storming the beach at Normandy… go figure.

  2. lisa says:

    That’s so cute, Trey! I bet you had a lot of fun (except for that scary kid).

    Don — military intelligence?? You?

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Stinking Alltel dads. :)

  4. Monalea says:

    Bless a dead body??? I think it’s a little late. Actually, if that dead body had been a real pain when it were living, it would now be blessing the ones it left behind. Am I scaring you yet???

    Monalea aka www

  5. DJG says:

    Don’t you just love the honesty from kids questions? You never have to figure out what their real motives are…they just want to know!

  6. Liz Moore says:

    Kids are great! I teach 4 year olds in preschool and they always have something “great” to say!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cute! You never know what kids are going to say which is scary considering I have five of them!

    I had a friend once whose three year old daughter told her Bible class teacher that her grandma steals movies from Minit Mart. Grandma rented but to the kid it looked much more interesting!


  8. The Preacher's Household: says:

    We were bringing a kid to Wed night class for a while that told the teacher who was the wife of the local District Court Judge, “My Daddy smokes pot, Josh does your Daddy smoke too?”

    Lily put an end to it before it became too incriminating.

  9. Don says:

    And, yes I know the old cliche’ something about military intelligence being an Ox and a Moron- ha ha


  10. Bob Bliss says:

    So what were some of the other careers you had to compete with?

  11. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I left a challenge for you on Monalea’s blog (the Gift). Good luck!

    Your daughter in law,
    t Giggler

  12. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I just have to add, “Ha Ha!”
    I crack myself up!

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brandon, Thanks for the kind words. The Preacher’s Household are friends of mine. They also work in the ministry. Good people.

    Kathy (aka Daughter in law) … you made me laugh too.

    Bob, There was a dad there from the Tex-Dot highway department, he brought bull dozers and road graders for the kids to sit in (they gave the kids backpacks that I bought with my tax money). There were also Prison Guards (no free prisoners) , a singer who does Christian music (no free cd’s) and a Sheriff (no free handcuffs).

    I didn’t give any cool things away but I did finish by telling them a Bible story. Would you believe there were a couple of kids that had never heard the story of David and Goliath. One of them asked me, “Was that a TRUE story?”

  14. NB says:

    A man who I work with is a preacher and he was telling a group of second graders the story of the birth of Jesus. When he finished, one of the boys said, “Did you make that up?”
    No kidding. He’d never heard it before that day!

    BTW, one of the parents in my son’s preschool class gave all the children mini UPS trucks. That’s the last time UPS got my business. :)

  15. Neva says:

    Aren’t you glad you weren’t at the high school or Jr. High? Their questions might have been much different like “Can you turn water into wine coolers?”


  16. Bob Bliss says:

    Trey, hard to compete with bulldozers and road graders (especially for boys). More and more we are going to meet not just kids but adults who don’t know what we consider to be basic stories.

    nb, why would you cease giving your business to UPS?

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Neva … thanks for the smile.

    NB & Bob … I’d love to have a little UPS truck. Instead of it being the Big Brown Truck … it would be the little brown truck.

  18. Gallagher says:

    What great questions. It amazes me that kids will ask questions and give answers adults are scared to even think about.

    Last year my daughter’s kindergarten teacher asked her what kind of job I had; after all, she sees me at school, walking with the family in the neighborhood, and many other places. My daughter’s asnwer was great, she said, “Oh, he doen’st work, he just watches TV and plays on the computer all day.”

    They busted out laughing then she said, “Oh yeah, he preaches too.”

    Spoken like a true Gallagher!

  19. NB says:

    Bob, I was just joking about not doing business with UPS anymore! Just a little sarcasm because my job and my husband’s job didn’t cut it with the preschoolers and we had nothing to pass out that was “cool”. Just a joke. Nothing against UPS. :)

  20. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Maybe you should hand out Bibles next time. If anyone protests you could say, “well, the UPS man, and the phone guy got to hand out something that symbolized their work.” “I just wanted to be the cool Dad.”

    Well done my funny friend!:)

  21. Paula Harrington says:

    When you got done speaking were they all asleep :)

  22. Bob Bliss says:

    nb, I feel a little protective of UPS. I worked there back in 1984 for a few months trying to earn a little extra. Plus I have a friend whose an exec for them. Anyway, sorry I didn’t catch the “tone” in your voice. :-)

  23. nb says:

    No problem. :)

  24. TREY MORGAN says:

    Bob – UPS is a huge NASCAR sponser … can you get me tickets. ha

  25. Don says:

    Well, what about FED EX?
    I like to call them both up and make them wrestle for my business :)

  26. preacherman says:

    I haven’t had a career day yet but when it come around to it…I am going to in and say, “My son is Ricky Bobby, I’m here for career day.” :-)

  27. Di says:

    Trey, you definitely should try this in middle school. The kids are awesome. They cut through all the bologna. (Why is it spelled that way? I wanted to say another word but hanging out with preachers…..) I think that is why I like teaching them so much.

    I prefer the term “pastor” to “preacher” though. I think it better defines your job.

    Let’s see…the kids might ask, “Have you been pastorized?”


  28. Bob Bliss says:

    Trey, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Frank Bellizzi says:

    This is too funny. Great post, Trey.

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