Where were you when you were called to become a pastor? How did you like being a pastor? Do you miss it?
When I was called to the ministry I worked at a manufacturing company doing cost estimating. During those days I was in my late 20s I still struggled to know God's will for my life. I'm one of those people who never doubted God's call on my life. It came with such stunning clarity there could be no denying what God wanted me to do. The really short version is that late one night I was struggling about what to do with my life. While laying in bed I felt impressed with this thought: "In the morning you will have all your answers." Early the next morning I had forgotten about my thought the night before. But at 5:00 AM, while reading my Bible, I saw a flash of white light and heard these words: "The next verse you read is for you." Here's the next verse: "But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you." (Acts 26:16 NASV). It got my attention and I never doubted what had happened.
Being a pastor is very hard work with a huge learning curve. And the biggest part of the learning curve is how to work with people. In spite of the challenges I loved being a pastor. You were involved in the lives of people in the most critical moments of their lives. You have the ability to help them in those moments and to share the joy.
After resigning from my last church where I served for almost 10 years I felt lost. I took a year trying to figure out my life. I missed a lot of the elements of what a pastor does. But after a year I became involved in helping churches on an interim basis. I'm still a pastor but with the idea of helping a church in transition. In 9-12 months I move on to help other churches. It is a great life.
I am grateful for God's call on my life and the years I served in pastoral ministry. I'm also very grateful for this stretch of my life where I'm privileged to serve as an interim pastor. And I'm able to find time to write on randallhartman.com about helping Baby Boomers through their times of transition.
we thank you for your services Pastor Randy...