Episode 56: Life With Father
Father: [Reading a letter from his sister] Kathy, Kathy, Kathy. How could you think of such a thing?
Henry: [Bursting into Father Mulcahy’s tent] Father, I’ve got to talk to you about my wife.
There exists within my spirit a deep tension every time I hear about one of my colleagues leaving the ministry! I cannot hide my disappointment in losing godly and competent leaders who exchange their calling or vocation for another direction. Are they right or are they wrong? That is not mine to judge! My disappointment lies in the loss of good leaders who have the capacity to lead great change from within our organisation. While there are many reasons why people change career paths or even pursue their calling through alternative pathways, I wonder how the following questions are reconciled: Is a calling conditional upon circumstances? Should our own purposes supersede a divine purpose? When is it right to step outside of a covenant relationship? In the context of Christian leadership Reggie McNeal asserts, “Christian leaders certain of their call allow it to become the centre of gravity for their life experiences.” Whether your calling is secular or sacred it needs to be grounded upon a deep conviction that will remain steadfast through trials and resistant to the allure of other offers.