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Lessons for a good departure

My friend Mac Lake recently resigned his position at Seacoast Church to take a job with another organization where he will be over-seeing the planting of new churches all over the country. He recently spoke to our staff about the process he has been going through in taking this new job… and while I’m very sad to see him go, I was encouraged as I considered what he has taught me about the importance of a good departure:

Learn well. Mac was quick to point out all that he had learned in his time at Seacoast; about his faith, about serving people, and about great leadership. Learning well along the way means that you never arrive at some magical point where you stop learning – when you learn, you grow.

For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

Live well. In the 7 years that Mac has been with us, he has raised 3 kids, started a mentoring program for current and future leaders, and helped other churches develop leaders all over the world! Great examples of living well. It is vital that in what ever time you have in an organization that you are fully engaged and contributing to the growth of others.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

Love well. Mac loves his wife and kids; what does that have to do with a proper departure? He has been a great example to other husbands and fathers by continuing to date his wife and spending quality time with his kids. He also loves his church family and is loved in return… he will be greatly missed; this is evidence that he has loved well.

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

Leave well. I respect Mac for how he has handled his departure; praying for hours, seeking the blessing of our senior pastor, and stepping out in the faith that is required to make this kind of move. Mac didn’t just put in his two week notice and start cleaning out his desk, he’s been meeting with people who will be taking on some of his responsibilities and making sure that this is a smooth transition. Leaving well means walking out the front door with the admiration and respect of those whom you have worked with.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4

Mac, thank you for your friendship, mentor-ship, and leadership. You will be missed, and I look forward to hearing about the amazing things that God will do through your obedience to His call!


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