The Unemployed Pastor: Get Over Yourself

Josh —  May 15, 2013 — 2 Comments

You can read the entire series here.

Here’s the truth, being unemployed is depressing.

Never will it be harder to efficiently use so much free time.

Never will it be harder to stay positive and not descend into apathy, depression, etc.

But you have to Get Over Yourself. 

For me I can pinpoint an exact moment when it happened for me. I was reading about missionaries from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that would literally pack their possessions as they traveled to Africa, China and elsewhere in the coffins they planned to bury themselves in. The chances of premature death was so strong that did without traditional luggage.

The missionaries left their homes with a certainty that they wouldn’t return.

I think I can handle living with my parents for a few months, selling a vehicle, and asking for help.

You and I aren’t our jobs at churches. We aren’t our titles. Worth does not come by comparing ourselves to those we went to school with.

We all know this, unemployment makes us come face to face with the truth.


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Josh is a Rookie Pastor who after nearly a decade in student ministry is planting a church in Northern Kentucky. Like everyone else he doesn't know what he's doing Rookie Pastor is just the venue to share the mistakes and what he is learning along the way.

2 responses to The Unemployed Pastor: Get Over Yourself

  1. Wow, I really resonate with this. A few years ago, I was let go from a church in NC. It was a church plant and I was on staff before the church launched. The circumstances of our being let go were pretty tough for me and my family (2 kids in hs, another in ms, wife in seminary 5 min from our house, etc.). After a few months of living in the “this didn’t really happen” fog, I got a temp job in a factory making $9/hr. My “get over yourself” moment was on a day when I was doing a very repetitive task. I was basically feeling sorry for myself and thinking, “So my life has come to this?” I very specifically felt God speak into this and say, “You couldn’t be any closer to exactly where I want you to be right now.”

    That really changed things for me and was a huge turning point. Within a few days, I finally got the motivation to put together a resume and begin thinking about what would come next. I made some good friends during my 3 or so months at the factory – I have a picture of those guys in my office to remind me how God met me there.

    My move was kind of opposite of yours. I was involved in missions and church planting for 20 years and am now on staff with a established church in SW Indiana. My kids are doing amazingly well with all the transitions, from Charlotte to a much smaller town, from their home of 8 years to being the “new kids” in church and school. My wife is again making headway on her degree. And I feel perhaps more settled in my role here than at any other time in ministry.

    Keep trusting God and keep writing about your journey. Lots of pastors find themselves, for one reason or another, in similar territory. It’s encouraging, when you are going through the “sabbatical”, to know that you are not alone.

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