"Closing Time" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
OWN THIS CARTOON
I love this cartoon for many reasons.
I care about pastors. A lot!
If anyone out there is a pastor who is struggling with the ministry, or has in the past and has left already, you totally get this image!
Even though I left the ministry in 2010, it's still very fresh to me.
Yes, I had my fair share of alcohol.
Yes, I longed for people like this bartender who wold hear my story without judgment‚ who would just listen for a change.
Yes, I remember dreading the coming service wondering how I was going to navigate through the danger zones of belief and expectations and protocol and order and roles and my own inner turmoil.
There's a lot of sadness there.
So, yes, I care for pastors, ministers, priests, rabbis, imams‚ all those who care for their people.
I was in it for about 30 years. It was a tough gig. When I left it was time for me to go. I'm now enjoying my life and what I'm doing with it. Yes, it's totally possible!
Are you a struggling pastor? I can help you in a few ways: join The Lasting Supper
where there are other pastors/ ex-pastors; take my course on Leaving the Ministry
(where I offer a free call); or let's arrange a time to talk