Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Other Side of Candidating Season
While there is a lot of celebrating during candidating season, there is also a lot of mourning. My congregation received word this week that our Minister is leaving us for another congregation. To say I am upset is an understatement. It caught the majority of our congregation completely by surprise. In an effort for transparency, the Minister and Board will be hosting a fireside chat session next week, but is that enough? Do Ministers owe their congregations any sort of warning? I feel a bit betrayed. I really like our Minister and I have no idea on why he felt a need for another church. I thought he was happy here. Obviously, we will know more after the meeting, but I feel if he knew this was a possibility for a long time, why didn't he say something? We spent the whole year in the dark about his future intentions. I don't think I am alone in feeling this way. I feel that there is a special relationship between a congregation and its Minister and we deserve more than a vague announcement. Thoughts?