Transitions in Ministry


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The New Small

Recently, Melissa Wire experienced staff downsizing at her
church in Grandville, Michigan. She is now one of three full-time
staff on the children’s ministry team, down from a team of seven
full- and part-time members.

“Transition” is a loaded word, but in a positive way, as it
pushes us to move forward. Moving forward for me has meant looking
at this transition in three ways.

First, transition has compelled me to trust God in the present
moment. I’m learning not to live in the past nor worry about the
future. Instead, I’m learning to trust God to provide daily.

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Second, I decided to find a mentor who could relate to what I’m
going through. She’s experienced in ministry and is outside our
organization, so I can share freely with her. As I’ve connected
with her, she’s encouraged me, listened to me, prayed for me, and
pointed me toward resources that help me keep up with what I need
to accomplish in my role.

Third, transition means revisiting my role on our team,
recognizing that I hold new responsibilities, and realizing that
I’m called to interact with my team in more intentional ways than
before. Our new team is smaller, but God will still provide. I want
to focus on being an encouragement to our team to serve each other
and trust God more.

Change can be difficult, but it has also brought new opportunities
to learn about myself, learn from others, and collaborate in new
ways. There are parts about what we’ve experienced that are
difficult and sad, but I find hope in seeing God work through these
opportunities to help me grow in him.

Melissa Wire is on the KidMin 2012 Inside Track


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