This past Monday I notified active participants in the congregation I serve that I will be leaving parish ministry in 2020. My last Sunday as the pastor of a local church will be Sunday, April 26, 2020.
As I told my congregants, my primary reasons for leaving parish ministry are personal. As a person who struggles with issues of codependency and establishing healthy relationships, the parish setting is not the healthiest place for me to be. I have often told friends that asking a codependent person to serve as the pastor of a local church is much like asking a recovering alcoholic to be a bartender. It can be done – but it takes a LOOOOOOOOOOOT of effort, and it never gets easy.
I look forward to the next stage of my ministry. I am not sure in what vocational setting – or in what geographical location – my next position will be. I am completely open to going wherever God calls. All I know is that the right position will be one that allows me to establish a healthy balance between my personal and vocational lives.
I look forward to the adventures that lie ahead. I would also ask that you hold the people of the congregation I serve (Woodland Hills Community Church) in your prayers during this time of transition.
May God bless you will a wonderful year – full of your own adventures – in 2020.