There have been some big changes happening in my life over the last month or so. If you haven’t heard the news yet: after 12 years at Saddleback Church, almost a decade as the High School Pastor, I’m leaving. This coming weekend is my last weekend. Wow, that’s so crazy to even say out loud! 

During this whole process—the months of prayer and seeking God’s direction, and the days leading up to and immediately following the meeting in which I resigned, the weeks after as word spread to students, parents, and staff, as I packed up my office and said my goodbyes—during all of that, I have been so encouraged by the support of Doug, my wife Angela, and many of you who have reached out to affirm me and the impact that DYM has had on your lives. I was surrounded by youth workers this week in Orlando who prayed over me and asked a special blessing on my life. This has all confirmed what my wife and I felt to be true: the right next step is to shift from a primary focus on caring for and developing students, to caring for and developing other youth workers. 

We’ve received a lot of questions about how to know when your time is up and how to transition well…even some more personal questions about what’s next for my family and was does this mean for my role at DYM? So, just a week or two ago, Doug and I recorded a pretty candid conversation about my transition as an episode of our Mentor Me series, which is typically only available to our DYM Members.

We just decided to share it this month–for FREE and to everyone! I’m hoping that this will be an encouragement to anyone wondering how to know when your time is up and how to transition from one role to the next without damaging yourself, your family, or the ministry you’re leaving behind.

This has been such a humbling experience and I am so grateful to all of you who have reached out.

Click HERE to listen in.

– JG