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This past year has had huge changes for me and my family. In May, my wife gave birth to our second child, Estelle. That wouldn’t be the only change this year. This past June I accepted a call as youth pastor in another community. To be honest, it has been a great change, but an extremely difficult experience. I don’t think that a post is enough to state how the whole process unfolded. So, I will take 4 posts look at my move, and hopefully we can also dialogue about your experiences.
Here is what I am going to look at:
1. How to know when to move on. I am stubborn, this is a litte fact about me. I will stay at a place forever, even if it is slowly killing me and my passion for ministry. There is nothing worse that feeling off mission, or seeing other pastors discouraged and depressed.
2. Working out a plan. Making a plan so that you end up in a situation that will push you forward instead of backwards is crucial for any pastor. It is worth holding out for. I think a lot of pastors don’t have a plan, and in that process feel helpless, and end up out of ministry for awhile. There is nothing wrong with having conversations with people about another job or calling while in a pastor position.
3. The goodbye. This was one of the most difficult parts of the past 3 months for me. Saying goodbye to all the friends, and students that I had the privilege of working with for the past 5 years was brutal. It was encouraging to see how over the past 5 years how God has changed a lot of student’s lives, and how I was able to be apart of that! Saying goodbye will always be hard.
4. New start. Where to begin. A new start brings new challenges, new staff, new leaders, and so much more. It is overwhelming to figure out where to start. The key is to actually start somewhere, and just keep going. I will look at the tasks and goals for the first 90 days.
When was the last time you switched youth pastor jobs? What did you learn from it?