Transitioning from a ministry is hard. Leaving a church, whether through termination, retirement or “just because it’s time” can be an emotional strain—on you and your family. Others have walked this road before you and know your pain. Below are articles, written to encourage you as you look towards the future.

 

Leaving a Ministry You Love

August 4th, 2015|Comments Off on Leaving a Ministry You Love

I recently took a new ministry position. As I made the decision to change ministries, I went back and forth since I would be leaving a place and people that I love! Note: If you [...]

Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

August 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results, written by George Bradt, Jayme Check and Jorge Pedraza, is a book about helping executives succeed in transition. [...]

Living in the Hallway is a Nightmare!

July 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Living in the Hallway is a Nightmare!

Recently I came across an uncommon word in my reading that I had never seen or heard before---"liminal." After looking it up, I discovered it is a great definition of a common condition we all [...]

Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

August 7th, 2013|Comments Off on Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

You will learn more about a person’s character when they face rejection than when they face success. It’s easy to feel enthusiastic, fearless, and prideful when we feel successful. However, being rejected or feeling defeated [...]

Exited Pastors: The Ruined Landscape

June 24th, 2013|Comments Off on Exited Pastors: The Ruined Landscape

I have lived through hurricanes. When I was much younger, growing up in Florida, there were several times when my family huddled together in our boarded-up home, lighting candles when the power went out and [...]

The Interview Process and Sample Questions

June 17th, 2013|Comments Off on The Interview Process and Sample Questions

To get to the in-person stage of the interview process, the candidate has successfully gone through one or two phone interviews. Below are some ideas for how the in-person interviews should proceed. Included are some [...]

Interviewing the Church … While They Interview You

June 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Interviewing the Church … While They Interview You

I have worked at two different churches full-time and have learned, through my experiences, how and what to look for in a church. I do not consider myself to be an expert but want to [...]

Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

When Goldilocks visited the Three Bears’ house, she tried three different rocking chairs. Papa Bear’s was “too big,” she decided. Then Baby Bear’s broke into a dozen pieces under her weight. “Too small,” she declared [...]

Searching for Treasure in the Wilderness

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Searching for Treasure in the Wilderness

The prospective pastor was obviously a seasoned communicator, a veteran with over thirty years of experience in ministry. Leaders in the local church were impressed with his desire to facilitate healing and reconciliation between them [...]

Reseeding a Life, Maybe Even Your Own

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Reseeding a Life, Maybe Even Your Own

In the first article in this series, we talked about ever-present threats to our personal development and ministry as Executive Pastors. We discovered that quite possibly the biggest hindrance to our success as XP’s, as [...]

Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

It is said that change is an inevitable part of life; it is inescapable. My experience can certainly attest to this old adage. As Gail Sheehy once said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. [...]

Making the Decision to Leave: Led, Lost or Loony?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Making the Decision to Leave: Led, Lost or Loony?

Did you ever play Pickle as a kid? You know the game---the one where you run between two bases while the baseman tries to throw you out. There were always some kids that would never [...]

How to Bid a Healthy Farewell

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Bid a Healthy Farewell

Bob had all the marks of a hurting pastor. I sat across the coffee shop table and hurt with him. He had recently finished his first year in Judson Church and celebrated the congregation's fiftieth [...]

Leading Self Through Painful Transitions

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Self Through Painful Transitions

For the past two months, I have been coaching several XPs who have been asked to resign their positions. Transition is never easy and usually makes the honor roll for experiencing pain and suffering in [...]

The Crash: A Journey to Accepting a New Staff Position

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Crash: A Journey to Accepting a New Staff Position

On a family trip out west, my family and I were traveling home for Christmas. After four hours of traveling, we heard a loud noise outside the car. We were traveling at seventy miles per [...]

Am I Meeting Expectations or Is It Time to Leave?

May 5th, 2009|Comments Off on Am I Meeting Expectations or Is It Time to Leave?

I had serviced my second congregation a long time, when I began asking myself, "How do I know when it's time to leave?" I had friends who were very good pastors, but they didn't know when [...]

A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

May 5th, 2009|Comments Off on A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

Steve's phone call was filled with excitement. It was his first church. I had known him from his home church where he was a fine lay leader. Now he was on his own. He wanted [...]