You answered the call on your life for ministry. . . but now you need a job.
First, you are not alone. If there was any way to keep accurate statistics, you are close to the majority of ministers. Active ministry has one of the highest burnout rate of the helping professions. Then there are the situations of church downsizing, of congregations who eat their pastors and push them to the curb or of growing out of the organizational structure.
“Don’t look back” – at least for now. You have been following the Spirit and the path you have followed is changing directions. The buzzword is “transitioning.” It is a good word. The process you are going through is not a sharp turn from the path you were following – you are just on a blind curve. You have unlimited possibilities to continue your service to the Lord and His people. Listen to where that still, small voice is calling you now.
And there are resources out there for you. Resources for coping with the transitioning. Resources to translate your talents to another career path. Resources for support from others on the same journey.
The ultimate reason you are here may never be known. Trust in the Lord and rejoice. The Spirit is leading. The Shepard has you in His care. The Father’s eye is on you. And again, rejoice!