Leaving the Corporate World for Ministry: One Year Later
A few of you might know this, but last year on April 28, 2017, after 11 years as a financial analyst at the same company, I took a huge leap of faith and quit. And somehow it’s already been one year since that day. I just can’t believe it!
As I shared last year, making the decision to leave my job was very, very hard. It’s all I had known since graduating college and when you spend 40 hours a week for 11 years at the same company, leaving is hard. At the time I quit because I felt that was what I was supposed to do. Well, I had no idea what I was in for! So much has happened over the past year. While I didn’t understand the full extent of the reason God was calling me to quit at the time and in some aspects, still don’t, pursuing ministry full-time was the best thing I could have done.
I can’t move forward without mentioning that I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I often joke that if I had any idea what it took to host a conference, I wouldn’t have done it. Well I guess the same holds true for foregoing my corporate world job for ministry; if I had any idea how hard ministry was, I wouldn’t have done it either. I will go ahead and say that what I do now is harder than what I was doing at my prior job. What makes it hard? Honestly, it might be the demands of the people. And when people aren’t appreciative or are rude, that makes things extra hard too. Let’s just say I have a whole new respect for people in ministry, especially pastors or church-leaders. So if that is you, thank you for all you do.
Did I mention the hours are longer too? What takes up all my time? Planning the 2017 Moms in the Making conference was a full-time job in itself. Add on launching groups nationwide, launching a virtual group and all the ins and outs that come with running a non-profit and ministry and it’s been so much work! Essentially it’s like running a start-up company. And between my blog, which also feels full-time, and Moms in the Making, most days I don’t stop working until 10 or 11 pm. I wish I could say I figured out a good work-life balance, but that is anything but true. I still haven’t figured out how to balance shutting off work and I hope to figure out a better schedule for myself soon. Part of that will come as more people are willing to volunteer their time which in turn will take stuff off my plate.
So the best part? The people! Well, that is confusing, right? The best part is the people who appreciate and recognize the work that goes behind running a ministry. I will be forever grateful for the connections and friends I have made from all over the world. And I am oh so grateful for those who have stepped up to volunteer and help to donate their time or money. It definitely takes a team to run a business and I’m so thankful for all those on my team! And if you know my love for Excel, then I will also say I’m glad that is still a part of my every day job. I love spreadsheets!
So do I regret taking the leap of faith? Absolutely not! Some days I wish I had the ease of sitting at a desk and working in excel spreadsheets. And of course every day I miss the paycheck my prior job offered too! But, I’m so thankful for all that God has done over the past year and I know I am right where I am supposed to be. I’m so excited and expectant for what year 2 of full-time ministry holds for me and all others who are involved too.
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