Life in the Fishbowl and Why Your Pastor Left

When I started ministry as an interim pastor, the church’s associate pastor for youth was already planning to leave for medical school. He had served the church well for three years, the youth group was strong with excellent youth and adult leaders, and the church gave him a wonderful and tearful farewell. Today he is…

Is There a Better Way to Terminate an Employee?

When a friend heard of my husband’s abrupt job termination through no fault of his own, she immediately responded, “You don’t have to tell me, but have they done this before?” And then she proceeded to tell me about another Christian organization with a history of abrupt and painful terminations. The stories she shared were…

How to Get Over a Painful Termination–Or Can You?

Since I shared my husband’s painful job loss, I’ve received many emails and other private messages from people who have also experienced difficult endings in their employment. Five, six, ten years or more later, some have never felt free to share their feelings of betrayal and loss. Some have changed churches or denominations, or left…

What Do You Do When Your Job is Terminated?

What do you do when you receive a termination notice for financial reasons from the Christian college where you’ve been teaching for the last 26 years?   If you’re Gary Yamasaki, first you can’t believe the termination is happening at all, especially since you’re being given notice just 2 1/2 weeks before Christmas. As you…