Lately I’ve been rethinking church… because of what’s been happening in my own life… here’s the short version…
Today (Jan. 23, 2013) I am 8 days away from the date of my “official” departure from paid Pastoral ministry.
It will be the first time in almost 20 years that I’m not desiring, feeling called/led to be a “Pastor” in an organized local church.
In many ways, it’s weird.
But the reality of my own heart is that God has removed the calling to that role… and has given me another calling that I’m pursuing and praying I will be able to do full time.
Leaving “professional” ministry has naturally sparked a lot of reflection… which is part of what I mean when I say I’m “rethinking” church.
I’ve been a part of a “system” of doing church for the past 20 years.
- I’ve believed in that system.
- I’ve promoted it.
- I’ve worked hard to maintain it.
- I’ve tweaked and adjusted it.
- I’ve loved it.
And now I’m not so sure about it… or at least some aspects of it… for more than a handful of reasons.
Over the next few weeks I’m not sure how much time I’ll actually have to write on the subject… but I want to and I intend to.
Stay tuned for more on rethinking church…