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Transition turbulence

Normally, you hear a bell ding over your head and right away the steward or stewardess comes on to tell you that you are entering a turbulence area and you need to return to your seat and buckle your seat belt.  It’s a great image to help us understand what I’m calling: “transition turbulence”.Man-Buckleing-Airplane-Belt-300x199

The past few posts, we have been talking about the number of appointees who are waiting to enter into ministry.  In this post, I’d like to focus on another part of the spectrum: our current workers.

Several years ago, a survey of all of our workers found that the average age of a WT worker was fifty (50), but with eighteen (18) years of experience.  Our current group of workers may be getting older, but there is a wealth of experience that needs to be tapped for the future.  However, a number of our workers are reaching a stage in ministry where they feel or recognize the need to transition to another ministry.  However, they don’t know what that new ministry might or should look like.  This is where “transition turbulence” sets in.  Not knowing what to do, the worker floats, unsure of what his/her next step might be.

This is where we need to ‘return to our seats’ or go back to the larger community and ask how we might be used. I always get annoyed at people who pay no attention to the ‘fasten seat belt’ or the announcement to return to one’s seat.  They try to ‘go it on their own’ and one air bump later they fall into someone’s lap.  If we go back to our community, it will serve as a safe and sure base from which to venture out again into something new.

That something new, in light of all the appointees we have, might be to mentor new workers into ministry.  Mentoring isn’t something we do by osmosis. We may need some skill training to work at this level, but if our community encourages us in this direction, we will experience less and less turbulence on the journey.

More about mentoring in another post.




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