Jump directly to the Content

Was I Betraying My Church by Interviewing Elsewhere?

Seasons of pastoral transition are conflicting—and they should be.
Was I Betraying My Church by Interviewing Elsewhere?
Image: Nik MacMillan / Unplash

While visiting the elders of another church to learn about a pastoral opening, I felt like the main character in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Air turbulence required not one but two attempts to land at Dulles airport. Next came the cab ride: 90 minutes of stop-and-go traffic to the outskirts of Washington, DC, in record-breaking heat.

Because of these delays, the elders and I scrambled to coordinate a new meeting location by phone. I had 15 minutes in a gas station to change from travel clothes to something nicer before the search team picked me up, so I got the key to use the restroom around back. I’ve never been one to quickly label a moment “spiritual warfare,” but as I struggled to button my dress shirt, I was ready to rebuke the flickering fluorescent light that compounded my nausea.

Yet this prelude to our meeting wasn’t the most difficult part. The worst part was shaking hands with the elders, feeling like a traitor to my current ...

March
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Should We Fret the Back Door?
Should We Fret the Back Door?
Why the departure of church members hurts me so.
From the Magazine
I Hated ‘Church People.’ But I Knew I Needed Them.
I Hated ‘Church People.’ But I Knew I Needed Them.
As I attended my second funeral in three weeks, two Christians showed me a kindness I couldn't explain.
Editor's Pick
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.
close