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Take A Beat 2024, Ep. 10 – Pivot! Pivot! Pivot! PART 1 (Melisa Simanjuntak)

“The Baptist girl who never claps during worship. Suddenly everyone’s like chaotic. Pentecostal. I’m like, what’s going on? Why is someone on stage singing wearing a hat? So disrespectful, right?”

In this conversation, Pastor Melisa Simanjuntak shares her journey of transitions and how she ended up in ministry. She started her career in finance and accounting in Australia, but felt unfulfilled and lonely. She moved back to Jakarta and worked in a bank, but struggled with the corporate culture. Eventually, she found her way to IES Jakarta and started serving in small groups and youth ministry. Through saying yes to opportunities and discovering her passion for teaching and leading, she transitioned into full-time ministry.


  • Transitions can be challenging but can also lead to personal growth and new opportunities.
  • Sometimes, what we thought we wanted to do in life may not bring us fulfillment, and it’s important to be open to new paths.
  • Saying yes to opportunities and trying new things can help us discover our passions and talents.
  • Finding a community and serving in ministry can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

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