Spiritual Health: Challenges In Transitioning Between Churches, Roles
As you become more aware of the fact that transitions are happening around you, there are a few things that can help you manage and lead through these moments.
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Life throws us curveballs.
Sometimes we see them coming, and other times we don’t! Either way, it never diminishes the reality that transitions will happen.
I have found that everyone is in one of three places: on the verge of a transition, in the middle of one, or coming out of a transitional period. It may be for you, for your team, or in your family, but we cannot avoid the fact that transitions are going to impact our lives.
Many times, transitions are not just locational or occupational. Transitions also carry emotional, mental, and spiritual wounds with them. Sometimes these seasons are linked to your decisions, but often they are not. That is the funny thing about this concept, it can impose itself on you, and you may not even see it coming.
Over the course of the past year, my family and I have lived in three different states, worked for three different organizations, having moved from Nashville to Florida to North Carolina.
Man, I think I just got tired writing that.
As one would expect, it has had a major impact on our family. Some days we feel like we are bouncing back, happy, and healthy and ready to take on the world! Other days, we feel like we would do anything possible to get back to that particular tribe, city, and job that gave us so much fulfillment.
As you become more aware of the fact that transitions are happening around you, there are a few things that can help you manage and lead through these moments. First, it is being willing to admit that transitions are not smooth. There are a lot of emotions that spill to the surface in the midst of transitions, and even good changes need to be processed. Gift yourself the grace of allowing yourself, or the volunteers or staff that is being transitioned, to process the full scope of the feelings, both good and bad.
Something for you to remember, or to encourage others who are undergoing such a transition, is that when we land at a new place, it is going to take time to find our next rhythm.
In my experience, it takes about nine to 12 months to learn the culture (vibe, language, values, unspoken rules, organizational quirks, etc.). It then takes an additional 9-12 months to regain your confidence.
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The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.