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Preparing to Leave a Church You Love

Even when you know it’s time to move on, you’ll likely face mixed emotions.

In fact, your idea of community, your role in it, and your understanding of how it develops may have to transform as you enter a new community. You will most likely experience loneliness and feelings of being an outsider. Understand that deep community, trust, and connection are most often built over time as people walk through both trial and triumph together. Be patient, faithful, and active about getting to know the people in the new community God has sent you to; but don’t expect what took years to develop in your current role to materialize overnight in your new one. We must resist looking back to determine what should be.

5. Lean into the excitement.

Starting over will rarely come with ease, but godly leaders risk being hurt if it means getting to love what God loves. It’s okay to have hopeful expectation about what God will do. As you step into the next chapter of God’s story for your life, you can be excited about new people, new cultures, and new opportunities. We can ultimately trust in the fact that, “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1, ESV). Know that you’re still part of the global church—you’ve just been reassigned.

Chara Donahue is a certified biblical counselor, writer, and speaker, and has been involved in ministry for the last 15 years. She is the founder of Anchored Voices.

March28, 2018 at 4:53 PM

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