2007 – Broussard, LA
I sat on the floor with several newspapers and a highlighter. The task in front of me was a daunting one. After several years in the ministry I had served in numerous roles, worn various hats and spent hours in front of a computer screen. Yet, I had nothing to show for it…at least nothing that a possible employer would value. I could just see them reading my resume “Oh, you led prayer meetings and worked with college students, how…nice???”
I knew I could handle whatever job I was given, the problem was trying to get my foot in the door. I wrestled with the fact that Barry and I were never given actual job titles. We were “Sons and Daughters in the house”…”It was a Family Farm”…”When the tide rises all the ships rise”…etc, etc. So many quotes and ways of thinking, yet definition was never given to the tasks we so diligently set our hands too. I looked up articles on writing resumes, searched hundreds of examples. Learned about form letters and follow-up phone calls. The hunt went on for over a month as Barry and I desperately searched for jobs.
During that time we were still finishing up our last few weeks on staff. We were graciously given a lighter schedule so that we could prepare for our new life. The word of our resignation was getting out quickly, but nothing was said from the pulpit. We were left to feel awkward and weird about the transition looming in front of us. Our senior pastor did not feel he needed to announce our resignation to the church, instead he brought us up in front of one of the leader meetings and had us explain why we were leaving. It was humiliating and unnerving. After all that time, we were not even given the respect of a proper farewell…we simply disappeared from the staff as if we had committed a sin. I was tense and on edge as we muddled through our final weeks. Yet, Barry handled it with grace and ease. Tearful, confused goodbyes, notes of appreciation and a picture of the Eifel Tower concluded our 4 year stint on staff. We had no idea what would be ahead of us… overwhelming, incredible freedom was at our doorstep…we were on our way to a new future and we could hardly wait.