Monday, April 29, 2013
The year before retirement ... advice, please
However, I still have 14 months to be here at Foundry. I am deliberating on what goals I want to suggest to our board for my work during the next year.
Reaching our capital campaign financial goal during the next year is essential. The new pastor deserves a usable, clean, efficient property to organize ministry in, as does the Foundry congregation and the people of the city we serve.
I want to use the next year to leave Foundry energized and vital and open to new bold ministry initiatives.
So I am brooding on what work to focus on with my remaining time and energy.
Foundry has been a thrill to serve. This is an amazing congregation. Every Sunday the Foundry pews are full of commitment, theological thoughtfulness, curiosity, openness, and love .
One of the reasons that I announced my retirement 14 months in advance is so that Bishop Marcus Matthews and Foundry's board will have enough time to identify Foundry's next senior pastor and we can organize the transition intentionally.
Advice, please, especially from retired pastors. What did you focus your energies on during your last year before retirement? In retrospect, what do you wish you had focused on more during that last year? What would you have done less of?