Life After Ministry

Life After Ministry

Many of us have experienced the sting of losing a job. But there’s something uniquely challenging about leaving a position in full-time vocational ministry. Whether you’re stepping down from a church or leaving a kingdom nonprofit, it’s not as simple as just changing jobs. Suddenly, everything changes. You’re left navigating not just a career transition, but also a profound shift in identity, community, and daily routines. It feels like stepping into an unknown, filled with questions like, ”What’s next? How do I redefine myself outside the ministry? How do I maintain my faith amidst this transition?” Welcome to the Life After Ministry Podcast. We’ve been there, navigating the complex journey from vocational ministry to a new chapter in our lives. We’ll explore stories of transformation, hear from those who’ve walked this path before, and provide practical strategies to turn your transition into transformation.

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Hope, Healing, and Health After Ministry (featuring Alan Ramsey)
Life After MinistryMarch 27, 2024x
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34:5439.94 MB

Hope, Healing, and Health After Ministry (featuring Alan Ramsey)

Summary Alan Ramsey shares his journey of transitioning out of vocational ministry and into a new career. He discusses the challenges and emotions he faced during this transition, as well as the support he received from his church leadership. Alan highlights the transferable sk...

The Wilderness Paradox (featuring Ian & Sharalee Smith)
Life After MinistryMarch 21, 2024x
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43:2049.6 MB

The Wilderness Paradox (featuring Ian & Sharalee Smith)

Summary In this conversation, Ian and Sharalee Smith share their journey of transitioning in and out of ministry and the lessons they have learned along the way. They discuss the decision to have six children and the challenges and blessings of raising a large family. They also...

Forfeiting Your Soul In Ministry (featuring Shawn & Sonny Hennessy)
Life After MinistryMarch 12, 2024x
25
45:0451.58 MB

Forfeiting Your Soul In Ministry (featuring Shawn & Sonny Hennessy)

This conversation explores the challenges and struggles faced by pastors and their families in ministry. The guests, Shawn and Sonny Hennessy, share their personal journey of leaving ministry and finding restoration. They discuss the need for emotional growth, the systemic issu...

Ministry Is Not Defined By Who Signs Your Paycheck (featuring Michael Shafer)
Life After MinistryMarch 10, 2024x
24
33:4038.54 MB

Ministry Is Not Defined By Who Signs Your Paycheck (featuring Michael Shafer)

Summary Dr. Michael Shafer shares his journey of transitioning out of full-time ministry and starting G6 Allies, a ministry that supports pastors and church leaders. He discusses the challenges he faced, including being blindsided by his termination and the impact it had on his...

Choosing Discomfort (featuring Dane Sanders)
Life After MinistryMarch 10, 2024x
23
01:11:3481.91 MB

Choosing Discomfort (featuring Dane Sanders)

Summary Dane Sanders shares his journey from vocational ministry to his current work with Men and Women of Discomfort. He discusses the challenges faced in vocational ministry and the need for better transitions and support within the Christian community. Dane explains the conc...

Ministry In The Military (featuring Chaplain Jordan Huggins)
Life After MinistryFebruary 21, 2024
22
18:2020.99 MB

Ministry In The Military (featuring Chaplain Jordan Huggins)

Summary In this episode of the Life After Ministry podcast, titled ”Ministry In The Military,” we explore a path that many pastors might not have considered: becoming a military chaplain. Our guest, Chaplain Jordan Huggins, shares his firsthand experience serving in both the US...

Essential Conversations For Your Board (featuring Dr. Dee Dee Mayer)
Life After MinistryFebruary 13, 2024x
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33:0237.81 MB

Essential Conversations For Your Board (featuring Dr. Dee Dee Mayer)

Summary Dr. Dee Dee Mayer discusses the importance of board governance within the church and the need for training and support for governing boards. She shares her research on the role of elder boards in supporting wellness in pastoral leadership and the challenges they face. D...

The Wounded Pastor (featuring Dr. Matthew Tanner)
Life After MinistryFebruary 06, 2024x
20
33:3938.52 MB

The Wounded Pastor (featuring Dr. Matthew Tanner)

Summary It’s the reason we started the Life After Ministry podcast: the distressing experiences of leadership figures within the ministry who’ve faced the severe blow of unjust terminations or forced resignations. Join us as we explore this crucial topic with Dr. Matthew Tanner...

God Doesn't Waste Pain (featuring Dillon Fawcett)
Life After MinistryJanuary 29, 2024x
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40:1246.01 MB

God Doesn't Waste Pain (featuring Dillon Fawcett)

Summary In this episode of the ”Life After Ministry” podcast, Dillon Fawcett candidly shares his unique journey, transitioning from pastoral ministry and his entry point into the world of mental health counseling. With honesty and vulnerability, Dillon opens up about the ups an...

Cultivating Bravery In Transition (featuring BrianJames & Michelle McMahon)
Life After MinistryJanuary 23, 2024x
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52:2459.97 MB

Cultivating Bravery In Transition (featuring BrianJames & Michelle McMahon)

Summary This conversation explores the experiences of Brian James and Michelle McMahon as they transitioned out of vocational ministry and created safe spaces for pastors and church leaders. They discuss the challenges of being in ministry, the importance of vulnerability and a...

Transitions In The African American Church (featuring J. Ricardo Smith)
Life After MinistryJanuary 16, 2024x
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19:3222.36 MB

Transitions In The African American Church (featuring J. Ricardo Smith)

Summary In this episode, Matt Davis interviews J. Ricardo Smith at the Classic City Conference in Athens, Georgia. They discuss the purpose and origins of the conference, the state of the black church post-COVID, the challenges of identity and transition in ministry, finding ho...

Refined By The Fire(d) (featuring Kyle & Maria Isabelli)
Life After MinistryJanuary 10, 2024x
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35:5841.17 MB

Refined By The Fire(d) (featuring Kyle & Maria Isabelli)

Summary Kyle and Maria Isabelli share their experience of being fired from their church ministry and the emotional impact it had on them. They discuss the process of being let go, the loss they felt, and the journey of healing and finding purpose again. Kyle wrote a book titled...

What Have We Learned? (Season One Recap)
Life After MinistryDecember 30, 2023x
15
31:4558.15 MB

What Have We Learned? (Season One Recap)

As we wrap up an incredible first season of the ”Life After Ministry” podcast, join us, Matt and Marilee Davis, in reflecting on the profound insights and heartwarming stories we’ve encountered. This journey hasn’t just been about sharing stories - it’s been a path of personal ...

When Heartbreak Redefines Ministry (featuring Clayton Stenson)
Life After MinistryDecember 23, 2023x
14
27:2431.36 MB

When Heartbreak Redefines Ministry (featuring Clayton Stenson)

Clayton Stenson shares his journey of transitioning from ministry to a new career and finding hope and purpose in life after ministry. He discusses his background in ministry, the challenges he faced, and the support he received during a difficult time of grief and loss. Clayto...

A Calling Greater Than Ministry (featuring Thom Van Dycke)
Life After MinistryDecember 19, 2023x
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32:4837.54 MB

A Calling Greater Than Ministry (featuring Thom Van Dycke)

Tom Dyke shares his journey from ministry to starting his own business. He discusses his background in Manitoba, Canada, and his various roles in ministry, including being a youth pastor and overseeing family ministries. Tom initiated his departure from ministry due to challeng...

Grieving Our Own Losses (featuring Dan Broyles)
Life After MinistryDecember 11, 2023x
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20:2223.31 MB

Grieving Our Own Losses (featuring Dan Broyles)

In this episode, Pastor Dan Broyles discusses the challenges pastors face when seeking counseling and the importance of grieving their own losses. He also highlights the need for pastors to connect with others outside their church community and provides hope for those in times ...

Can Pastors Be Entrepreneurs? (featuring Jon Sanders)
Life After MinistryDecember 09, 2023x
11
40:3046.35 MB

Can Pastors Be Entrepreneurs? (featuring Jon Sanders)

In this conversation, Jon Sanders shares his journey from being a pastor to transitioning into a new season of ministry. He discusses the calling that led him into ministry and the challenges he faced along the way. Jon also explores the concept of bivocational ministry and the...

Don’t Burn Out, Burn Bright (featuring Jonathan Malm)
Life After MinistryNovember 30, 2023x
10
31:3836.21 MB

Don’t Burn Out, Burn Bright (featuring Jonathan Malm)

In this episode of the Life After Ministry podcast, we tackle a critical issue that often serves as a catalyst for pastoral transitions: burnout. While our mission at Pastoral Transitions is to support ministry leaders in their journey out of ministry, we’re equally passionate ...

Facing And Forgiving Those Who Hurt You (featuring Ryan and Lindsay Gentles)
Life After MinistryNovember 14, 2023
9
01:01:1870.16 MB

Facing And Forgiving Those Who Hurt You (featuring Ryan and Lindsay Gentles)

In ”Facing And Forgiving Those Who Hurt You,” the ninth episode of the Life After Ministry podcast, we’re invited into the world of Ryan and Lindsay Gentles. It’s a tale of closing a decade-long chapter in ministry, of navigating farewells that feel more like eulogies than cele...

When Elders Initiate Transition (featuring Gary Weaber)
Life After MinistryOctober 27, 2023x
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13:0815.03 MB

When Elders Initiate Transition (featuring Gary Weaber)

In Episode 8, we sit down with Gary Weaber, who poured his heart into pastoral ministry for over three and a half decades. Imagine, after 36 dedicated years, facing a conversation with your elders about stepping down from your teaching role. Most pastors dread this talk, fearin...

The Difference Between Hurt & Injury (featuring Shane McDonald)
Life After MinistryOctober 10, 2023x
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21:1024.23 MB

The Difference Between Hurt & Injury (featuring Shane McDonald)

Just mentioning ”church hurt” will hit home for many of you. It’s baffling. The very place we’d expect to find solace and healing often turns out to be a source of deep wounds. If this resonates with you, you’re not alone, and this episode is a must-listen. Our guest, Shane McD...

Transition Can Be ’Brutiful’ (featuring Justin and Amanda McNeil)
Life After MinistrySeptember 26, 2023x
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19:2022.13 MB

Transition Can Be ’Brutiful’ (featuring Justin and Amanda McNeil)

We sat down with Justin and Amanda McNeil at the American Association of Christian Counselors conference, and their story is nothing short of compelling. What sets their story apart is its testament to the notion that transitions out of vocational ministry don’t have to be fill...

Pain Is A Teacher (featuring Gary & Lisa Black)
Life After MinistrySeptember 16, 2023x
5
36:2241.62 MB

Pain Is A Teacher (featuring Gary & Lisa Black)

In Episode 5, ”Pain Is A Teacher,” we sit down with the inspiring couple, Gary & Lisa Black, to discuss the transformative power of enduring life’s toughest transitions. From losing a spouse and a child to navigating numerous shifts in ministry, Gary and Lisa have amassed a wea...

The Holy Mess Of Pastoral Transitions (featuring Josh Harris)
Life After MinistrySeptember 15, 2023x
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48:5255.93 MB

The Holy Mess Of Pastoral Transitions (featuring Josh Harris)

Episode 4 of the Life After Ministry Podcast features a replay of an insightful conversation Matt Davis had on Josh Harris’s podcast, ”Clear and Loud.” Entitled ”The Holy Mess of Pastoral Transitions,” the episode delves deep into the complexities that come with leaving a role ...

Your Mental Health After Ministry (featuring Noe Rivera)
Life After MinistrySeptember 14, 2023x
3
39:1144.86 MB

Your Mental Health After Ministry (featuring Noe Rivera)

In Episode 3 of the Life After Ministry Podcast, we talk to Noe Rivera, a key member of the founding team behind Pastoral Transitions. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Noe intimately understands the emotional toll that ministry transitions can take on families. Titled ”Mental Heal...