Over 60 and not appointable.

by Paul
(Georgia)

I am a 60 year old minister serving a small two point rural circuit in the United Methodist Church. When I reached my middle and late 50's the ecclesiastical authorities started using phrases to me like,"What is your exit strategy." I do plan to retire this June but I have feelings of not being appreciated. I have served many struggling pastoral appointments for almost 30 years and now after all of that sacrifice people tell me I need to find an exit strategy. I am told that churches now want younger pastors (from 35-45 years of age). It seems like they want pastors like me to get out of the way so they can appoint younger pastors. It has left me feeling disillusioned with the system, inwardly angry with the stress of it all taking its toll on me emotionally and physically. This is making me feel discouraged and burned out and I often say to myself just get me to retirement.

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