One of the hardest things about pastoring is when people who you have loved and cared for decide to leave the church. For whatever reason they leave on their own accord, whether they decide to go to another church or they quit church altogether.
I have learned to deal with it as much as you don’t like it. There are usually two things that are going on. Number one, God has truly called them else where or number two, they are completely out of God’s perfect will for their life.
The first instance all you can do because it is God’s plan is bless them and pray that God will be with them in their journey. The second instance is the same. Bless them, because if God didn’t lead them elsewhere you have left the door open for their return. At some point if they were out of God’s will they will return. When they do return, embrace them with open arms.
I know that every time we have let someone go and didn’t try to grab a hold and not let go, God sent more people to help us continue to do the work that He has planned for us.
God truly has a plan for all of us. We just have to be listening and know when to leave and not to leave. The problem is we leave many times prematurely before God can do something special in our life at the current place we are at. We as pastor’s sometimes leave the church we are at prematurely. We need to learn to wait and be patient, God is working things out.
I want to leave you with Isaiah 40:31. It says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”