For the past 3 1/2 years I have had the privilege of working in full time ministry at the local church I essentially grew up in. It has been filled with highs and lows, but for the most part there is nothing I would change. I left an intelligence career in Washington D.C to come back to the midwest and support something I believed greatly in. There are lots of reasons pastors and church staff decide to leave the ministry and jump back into the ‘real’ world. My intention is not to rehash some of those reasons. Things like low pay, long hours and burnout always come to mind when church leaders decide to move on. In my case these typical reasons were not all that high on my list.
I love the church. I love that Jesus specifically called on the church to be His hands and feet. There are so many things I’ve learned over the last few years and so many reasons to be excited about what the church can do for the kingdom of God going forward.