Needless to say, as soon as people hear I am resigning as the pastor of Seattle Open Door Church and moving to Arkansas they ask me “So what are you going to do next?” Invariably the next question is “Are you going to pastor a church in Arkansas?” So I have a question. Why is it that if somebody is a pastor and moves someplace else that the assumption is they will be a pastor again? I would say because it makes sense they will be in the same profession once they move. But for me I have never been in the profession of being a pastor. I have been in the profession of doing the work of the ministry.Since 1979 when I accepted Christ as my LORD and Savior I have been in the work of the ministry. As a grocery store clerk, store manager, operations manager for two companies, truck driver, youth leader, small group leader, outreach pastor, street minister, senior pastor, and many other roles. My entire life is about ministry. My point-you do not have to be an ordained pastor to do ministry. It is not wrong for a pastor to resign and do something different.
So the better question is what type of ministry will you be doing? Will it be as a lay person or as an ordained minister? What’s Next? My answer, God’s will. Most likely I will not be in an ordained minister role. Not looking for that, and currently not feeling lead that way. I will most likely have a secular job and use it as a means to minister to others. Maybe working at Walmart, Dollar General, or a neighborhood grocery store. Maybe driving a delivery truck or driving a dump truck. Or maybe something that God has planned that I have no idea of what it is going to be. Maybe for Carmi and I at some point to go on short term missions trips. Maybe to teach at a Bible Camp or Bible College sometime. I just want His will.
Some ask if I am going to retire. We do not have the funds for me to retire. Even with the funds if retirement means not doing anything but sitting around, nope!!! If retirement means slowing down, doing less, having less responsibilities, yes, I plan on retiring in the next 1-2 years. Very much so.
A Be-er, not a Do-er
This I know for sure. It is God’s will that more of my time needs to be as a Be-er, a Mary, than a Do-er, a Martha. I know that it is God’s will that I spend more time in fellowship with Him, more time in prayer, more time in His presence. I know I am to spend more time being with Carmi, just being together. Rich Dover as the guy that does everything is a former thing, behold God is doing something new. Whatever it is I know this:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.