Saturday, December 4, 2010


I spent years getting my education and then getting my credentials. I’m at a nice church, sitting in a nice office, seeing my nicely framed diplomas and certificates, and ask, “Is this it? This is what I worked for? What do I do now?

And what, if at this age, after all these decades, I find that I don’t want to do it anymore?


  1. That's a very good question. I know some retired pastors, but most of the ex-pastors I know of are ex-Christians too.

    Are you part of a denomination that has pensions for their pastors?

  2. CG,

    You could always do what I did - forget about ministry (at least temporarily).

    After seminary, my job hunt was fruitless. I applied to over 100 churches, which resulted in only two interviews, and only one offer (part-time, $20,000 per year, no other benefits).

    So, I looked elsewhere, and for me, that search led me to a year of service with AmeriCorps (, which after my term of service turned into a job, and hopefully, a career.

  3. Mike, yes we have a pension plan and in just two decades I can luxuriate in, well, not exactly splendor.

    brgulker, I'm glad you found something that works for you and I hope it continues to work. Sounds like it has been a rough road

  4. If there is a specific part of the job that you don't want to do anymore, then maybe you can change it or take it off the job description.

    If it is still a calling, then it's a matter of living through the lows and the highs, because the call is supposedly more important than what you want and don't want.

    If it is the congregation... well... they can change too... when forced. :-)