If you spoke to me three or four years ago about my career goals, being a pastor would not have been high on the list. Despite spending a long time in school training to be a pastor and having been a pastor five churches, I thought my time as a pastor was done.
It is not that my church experience before that had been negative. I spent nine years as the pastor of First Baptist Church Meaford and Woodford Baptist Church. I love both those churches and I found the congregations to be incredibly supportive.
But life circumstances had convinced me that I had nothing left to give. My three year break from ministry, while healing, was also confusing. I really did not know what I was going to do for the rest of my working life. For someone approaching fifty, that is an uncomfortable situation.
As I was looking for work, I would sometimes consider applying to a church. Although I didn’t want to be a pastor again, it was what I was qualified for. Amanda was good to ground me and to stop me from doing something for the wrong reasons.
My life changed over a period of six months (I explain what happened in this post). Experiencing what I would almost call a second calling, I applied to Queen Street Baptist Church in our hometown of St. Catharines.
At the time I’m writing this post, I have been at QSBC for a year and a half. It has been enough time for me to realize if I had made a mistake returning to pastoral ministry.
It has not been a mistake.
Serving at QSBC is energizing to my life. The people are welcoming and supportive of our family. There are gifted leaders that I get to work with. There is a diverse congregation that regularly teaches me about the kingdom of God.
I’m in an interesting place career-wise. Being the pastor at QSBC is not a stepping stone to someplace bigger or better. I am where I want to be and I honestly hope to retire here (but not for a long time). Of course I need to come at this humbly and leave my future to God. But I can say that I’m content, not in the sense of having no goals, but happy with where God has brought me.
This is Good News.