Shane Hipps is leaving his position as Teaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids.
When he came to Mars Hill he was to be a co-teaching pastor with Rob Bell. Bell has since left and the arrangement that Hipps originally had was no longer an option. Things changed.
His teaching responsibilities were to be expanded and would thus cut into his time to serve the church at large. He determined this was outside of his call. I’ve found some of Hipps’ books to be very helpful, but this has me thinking about the nature of calling.
Hipps is free to respond to God as he discerns, and let me acknowledge that I am an outsider who doesn’t know the fullness of the situation. So removing the man and the place let’s discuss calling.
You are never going to live out exactly what your job description describes. Ministry does not lend itself to predictability. Particularly as Rookie Pastors you will find yourself frustrated in this situation.
The larger questions here are how we define our calling, and how we react when we find ourselves working outside of these callings.
Help me process this a bit:
How specific is your calling?
What aspect of your calling, if taken away, would prompt you to leave?