-by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director
“The world for which you have been so carefully prepared is
being taken away from you by the grace of God.”
-W. Brueggeman, quoted in The Christian Century
Where are you right now?
- Done? Paid and volunteer leaders are moving into a different season of their vocation earlier than anticipated. The cry for leadership is being felt everywhere. If this is you, give yourself grace, let go of any guilt, and enjoy your new call to retirement or another way of serving. The weight of the church is not on any one of our shoulders. The church has belonged to God all along and you have done your work well.
- Stuck? Stalled and out of breath leaders are wondering what’s next. Most are exhausted and uncertain, and just getting by. If this is you, this is an important liminal season as you discern God’s call in your life and your faith community. Staying stuck is not an option. Invest in yourself by joining learning cohorts, getting a personal coach or spiritual guide. Get the mental health help you need. You can be renewed in this whirlwind. Don’t give up. Ask for what you need.
- Innovating? Some leaders are taking risks like never before. They are trying to sort out how to be church in this new environment. Their curiosity is driving their efforts; there is a new willingness to connect with people they have never worked with before. If this is you, bring others with you. This is the pivot – to recognize your own gifts and to build teams that bring the other gifts into play so that the ministry has breath.
We can shift how we are feeling on any given day. Our first work is to take care of ourselves. We know this but easily write off our own care. We can fall into the trap of “I’m too busy” or worse. At the risk of sounding like this is easy, we recommend trying out your own Miracle Morning. We are surprised at how much this small habit makes a difference in sorting out life.
In this month of gratitude, we want to say thank you for your leadership – regardless of where you find yourself on the list above. Thank you for caring enough to read this and reflect on what you need.