Since moving is difficult, we have found it to be less stressful to give the family something to look forward to. We point out the advantages, ie: closer to relatives, seeing new sights, or what the new district has that our current one doesn’t. But probably the one positive that has helped soften the transition the most has been allowing the family to participate in picking our new home. In each of our moves we have asked everyone what they would like in our new home, within reason, and then made that a prayer request before God. He has always provided the home that we were hoping for. This strengthens our faith, and helps to confirm that God is leading in the move.
Pastor Jim Bollin
(New) Associate Pastor
Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church
Battle Ground, WA (Oregon Conference)
One of the challenges with any pastoral or teacher move is how the family relates to the experience. Saying good-bye to friends, starting a new school or job, etc. And the list goes on.
One of our moves was especially hard on one of my sons. Another move was extremely difficult for my wife, causing me to call back church leaders a month after accepting and decline the move. The position was offered again four months later and she was ready to accept.
What have you done to make it easier on your family transitioning to a new location? We welcome your 1-3 paragraph response below that will be included in our next e-newsletter.
One of the mixed blessings of being a Seventh-day Adventist pastor is moving to a new district every four to seven years. It’s often difficult to leave behind church family, friends and familiar surroundings. But it is a great time to also leave behind the mistakes of the previous district and take with you the lessons learned as you enjoy a start fresh in a new place.
Here is advice I would give a newer pastor taking up responsibilities in a new district.
Welcome to the next few years of your life!
Your new district will, of course, present both blessings and challenges. Since you have nicknamed me “Dan Landers” because I’m always giving advice, here is some unsolicited counsel that is worth every dollar you have paid for it! I leave it up to you to sort the “Duh, How dumb does he think I am” from the “Wow, I wish I would have known that years ago.”
As a brand new pastor in your brand new district you have the opportunity to plant the right kinds of seeds at the first that will give you a wonderful harvest during your ministry and long after you leave.
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