I’ve Been “Released” – Now What?

Just over a week ago I found myself being “released” from my full-time role as a High School Pastor. Decisions were made and though I do not 100% agree, here we are…. at the start of a ministry transition.

Typically, when we think of a Pastor going through a ministry transition, a whole bunch of scenarios pass through our heads:

  • Stepping into a new role at a new church (upward movement)
  • Taking on more responsibilities within the system you’re in
  • Leading a Church Plant
  • Disagreement with Leadership
  • Burnout
  • Unresolved Conflict
  • Split within the Church/Denomination

Regardless, the why of transitions are never easy because working for a church often means that your whole social life, wellbeing, and spirituality are all wrapped up together in an interweaving ball. It’s extremely hard to separate these things, especially when the transition comes from an unhealthy space. 

One of the first guides we ever produced here at Fresh Ministry was about transitions and our Top 10 Tips for how to do it well. You can check them both out HERE – but that’s not what this post and the ones to come are about.

I’ve decided to write about the transition I have just started. I want to cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The good, bad and ugly of each week
  • How to look for a job
  • Why waiting to hear back sucks
  • Interviewing
  • Disappointment and rejection 
  • Candidating
  • Letting go and moving forward 

These are the things they never teach you in Bible School. You’re never ready for that day when you were sure you were getting a job only to get that rejection call. It’s hard to know what to do when you seem out of options, and you wonder where God is in this process. I’ve been there before and, though I don’t think the situation I’m in right now is the same, I’ve learned a few things along the way I would like to pass on. 

So, join me in the journey, reach out and share your stories, and invite others who might be going through a similar season to follow along. Regardless of why you might choose to follow these posts, I only ask that you do one thing:

At the end of reading each post, would you take a moment and pray for every Pastor going through a transition? Pray that God would protect their hearts and their relationships, and together let’s walk through this season practically and spiritually. 

Jesse Signiture
If you would like to know more about this topic or learn how to implement this in your youth program feel free to contact me.

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