Transitions in Ministry

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From Here to There

After serving as minister of children at Belle Aire Baptist
Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Danielle Bell transitioned to
her new role as minister of children at Dawson Memorial Baptist
Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Recently, I left a ministry I’d been a part of for 15 years to
follow God’s call to another church. It’s been a new, exciting,
bittersweet journey. I’m learning some very important lessons in my
season of change.

I have to say, it’s easier to stay. Transition is tough. Letting
go of what I know, saying goodbye, and grasping all the elements of
a new ministry is challenging. Staying would’ve been safer, but God
said, “Go. New adventures await.”

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My way isn’t always best. Having grown complacent in what I knew,
unfamiliar territory reminds me that there’s more than one way to
do ministry. Feeling more clueless than confident these days
stretches me to see ministry with a new perspective.

It’s not all about me. One of the weirdest feelings I’m
experiencing is standing in a crowd of children and volunteers with
whom I have no relationship or history. I cherish genuinely
connecting with those I serve alongside, but I know that’ll take
time. While I’m standing on the sidelines, humility crushes my
pride and I sense a gentle reminder that none of this is really
about me.

Transition takes time. Change simply can’t happen overnight, and
in a new season, progress takes much longer. I’m learning to lead
more effectively and in ways I hadn’t needed to before, so I must
prioritize my goals and practice patience. I keep telling myself,
“one day at a time.”

Experience isn’t everything. My past years in ministry and
leadership can serve as great guide rails-but the truth is, nothing
replaces reliance on God as my daily guide.

Danielle Bell is a KidMin
2012
speaker and leads the Inside Track Team

     

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