Well, I'm supposed to announce to the kids today that I'm no longer the youth pastor here, or won't be at the end of May. I'm not looking forward to telling them for both emotional reasons (I'm going to miss them and I hope they're going to miss me), but also because I'm not exactly sure what to say. I didn't really decide to step down - I was fired, but it was a termination that I largely agree with. So how do you epxlain that to a room full of junior highers without badmouthing anyone or giving them the impression that this church and her leadership are going in the wrong direction? Thankfully I'm fairly good at being diplomatic, but I won't lie to them.
This is going to be hard.