Today was a big day for me in that I took the first step in closing an important chapter in my life and ministry. Today I started the paperwork for my release from the army reserves. For the last four years, I have had the privilege to be the chaplain with the Lorne Scots. I really enjoyed that role and found it very fulfilling. I have had experiences in the army that I never thought I would have. In many ways it was a dream come true.
So why amy I releasing?
There are a number of reasons. One major reason is my health. Even if I tried to stay in, there is no way that I could pass a medical. I was having trouble with the medical even before I was diagnosed with diabetes and asthma. My current medical conditions are not very compatible with the military.
Another major reason is that I feel I need to focus on my roles as a husband, father and pastor. My family has to come first. I need to be giving them the attention and presence that they deserve. I also need to focus my ministry energy on our church. I am still relatively new in my ministry at Queen Street Baptist Church and I need to working toward those ministry goals.
Having said that, I will miss military chaplaincy. I still believe in it and I encourage other pastors to consider this ministry, especially for the reserves. I’m thankful for what I have experienced and learned during my time as a padre. I have no regrets about my time as a padre.
Here are some of the posts that I have written on military chaplaincy.
- Why Should a Church Support Their Pastor in Military Chaplaincy?
- 7 Reasons Why Pastors Should Consider Military Chaplaincy
- On Being a Christian Chaplain in a Non-Christian Military
- Should Christians Serve as Military Chaplains?