Pastoral Transition for a Couple

Bittersweet


Transitioning from one season of life or ministry can be difficult. What can a couple expect when they make the move? Kathleen Nielson interviews John and Noel Piper at the 2012 Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference about their transition out of leadership at Bethlehem Baptist Church.  


If you are an individual or couple in the midst of transition, what has been difficult about the move?
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What have you learned about transition, either because of your experience or what John and Noel had to share?
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Part of John’s transition was an acknowledgement that while he still wanted to preach, he didn’t necessarily have the energy to lead the long-term vision of the church. In what ways can acknowledging reality help you move toward something different in your life?
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What joy do you believe there to be in transition?
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If you're currently in transition, what do you hope for in your next season of life?
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John talked about the importance of “trusting in the promises of future grace.” What hope does God’s grace give you for the future? In what ways do you believe God has you in His care for a lifetime?
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It’s a bittersweet time. There is grief in transition, but there is also joy, freedom, and anticipation of what’s to come. As couples trust in the God’s promise of grace in the past, present, and future, they can rest and embrace the new season God is calling them to.  


For more information about the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, click here.