05 Nov, 2010 Why we are leaving pastoral ministry and Singapore (personal reflection)

Click ‘play’ on the song to the right…

…then read this brief blog while it plays 🙂

So, what is on my heart in making the move on from Singapore?

In all honesty it is a passion to get back to the ‘harvest field’.

Actually, (adding this paragraph later), sometimes people assume pastors leave Churches because of problems – this isn’t the case (just in case anyone was wondering – two have asked 😉 We leave because we have felt the forward call of God. A season has naturally ended – we leave our great many friends here with sadness, but know there are new things that, maybe in Gods scheme of things, need our attention.

My feelings on this are expressed well by this song, from my CD (burnt in late 2009) ‘no turning back’. The song title is ‘How will they know?’ The heart of it is, How can I keep serving in a Church as a pastor when I see the greater needs are actually outside the four walls of the Church, and especially when I feel I could do something worth while to help meet some of those needs?

[The song introduction should be finished by now – listen in to the words (and hang on in there, because it builds – I love the chorus near the end! :-]

DAVE MANN. Dave is an Author and gifted communicator with a passion for the Gospel. This passion started when he came to faith at age 11. After Secondary School he went straight to Bible College, followed by 7 years in outreach ministry in New Zealand, then nearly 9 as a pastor in Singapore, before returning to New Zealand at the end of 2011. Dave is a visionary and fearless about pioneering initiatives aimed at helping the Church in New Zealand in the area of its mission. Author of various books and Tracts including “Because we care”, “That Leaders might last” and available free on this site: “The what and how of Youth and Young Adult ministry”.
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