So you're thinking career change for pastors. How hard can it be? You have a bachelor's or even master's degree. You are experienced working with people. You can solve problems, speak in front of people, organize volunteers and employees, and work well alone. Those are characteristics every boss is looking for... at least you'd think so.
I don't want to rain on your parade, but career change for pastors is not as easy as I think it should be. In fact, it's downright hard.
As a pastor you are used to leading. In your new career you will most likely start out following. As a pastor you organized things the way you thought best. In your new career your boss will arrange things without even considering your opinion. As a pastor you dealt with issues of eternal value. In your new career your boss will be far more interested in the bottom line at the end of the week.
Career change for pastors is not something you want to "get through" as quickly as possible. The changes are so dramatic that I recommend you take some time to transition to your new career. This, of course, is not a simple process either. But by taking a transitional job you give yourself and your family time to make the adjustments to "normal" life.
I chose to do several short-term jobs as I was making my career change. They will not be right for everyone, but they should give you an idea of what you can do. The jobs listed below are ones either I had or jobs other former pastors I know had. Remember, career change for pastors is a long process. Take your time before jumping into something you don't enjoy.
Career change for pastors is challenging. But it can also be rewarding. You'll typically find healing from the conflicts you faced at your church. You and your spouse can renew your relationship. And because you will probably be working fewer hours, you can spend more time with your children.
Don't get me wrong - career change for pastors will not be easy. But if you are deliberate and careful to choose a transitional job, you can emerge healed and ready to tackle your new career.
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