February 16, 2014
Clergy members, particularly pastors, realize that moving relocation is an expectation of the job. Church parishioners can often have a finite lifespan in a community, and Christianity Today reports that the average pastor will move five times in a 30 year career.
Clergy relocation can be riddled with guilt and anxiety as family, friends, a community and a mission are left behind. Often times, there can be feelings on the side of the clergy or the church that there wasn’t the “right fit.”
Ministry Magazine notes that this relationship can be one-sided. If the clergy member has given all in service of the church, there may have been missed opportunities for growth. A move doesn’t mean that the mission is abandoned when the van lines arrive, merely that it continues elsewhere.
Moving on to a new congregation can be liberating. Fresh opportunities to redefine one’s mission, goals and relations with the community at large allow for self-development. If clergy members keep this in mind, the relocation movers can be met with a smile instead of a frown.