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WHEN YOUR FORCED OUT

If the church says you're a disposable pastor, where's your future in ministry?

I couldn't believe it! What were they saying?

"You have a lot of gifts, but it's time to make a change. You're not the one for this church. Your gifts don't match our needs. Sorry, but it just isn't a good fit. We think that it's in the best interest of the church and yourself that you resign this week."

I swallowed hard, but the speech continued.

"The last year has gone well enough, but frankly, even if you could walk on water, it just wouldn't be good enough. You are in a hole, and it will take too long to get out. The church needs a fresh start, and so do you. We want your resignation effective in six weeks, at the end of August, but we will pay you through the end of December. Any questions? Take a couple of days off to think it over. When you return, please turn in your resignation."

I left that meeting stunned. With no warning, my whole world and all my security had dissolved in thirty minutes. My balloon had burst, and now I had to go home to my family and explain what happened.

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May/June
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