Monday, April 29, 2013

The year before retirement ... advice, please

I shared with the Foundry congregation yesterday my decision to retire next year -- July, 2014. You can find my letter to the congregation at

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?


  1. This is a tiny thing, but of importance to those of us whose ears don't work as well as they should. It would be wonderful if you could take a little time over the next 14 months to instruct the remaining pastors in whatever work habits or technological tricks make it possible for you to post the text of most of your sermons to the web site. It is so frustrating to see sermons by other pastors available only in audio format, which I hear only as mumbling.

  2. Best of luck with your upcoming retirement! It is something that many people, including my parents already, are thinking about every day. They have worked hard their whole lives and are looking forward to the day when they have the rest of their lives to relax. My grnadfather recently retired as well, but he didn't save as much as we all would have wanted him to. Since then, we have been looking for a CCRC in Ohio so that he has somewhere to live and is able to be around others every day.