“A year and a half ago my world was turned upside down when my church told me that they were not going to renew my contract. I’d been working for this church for 2 years and had another year left on my contract to go. I was really enjoying the work, and now had a year to continue working knowing that that would be it. It was difficult, very difficult, but I did it. Meanwhile I spent a lot of time praying and then applying for jobs. The jobs I applied for to begin with were church projects with a strong community youth project. But as the year went on, I began applying for local authority jobs too. There were four different requirements that I was looking for in a job. 1) a line manager who was a youthworker. This came from my desire to learn more and from difficulties I’ve had with previous line managers. 2) working and living in the same community. This was what God put on my heart. 3) a job that would allow me to complete my JNC qualification (finishing Jul 09). 4) working with disadvantaged YP.
How I ended up where I am now was no simple process, but I was influenced by my college supervisor, feedback from interviews, and then a simple offer from a local church. I was struggling to work out the remainder of my contract at my church, and I was offered what I felt to be a lifeline – 3 months working out the end of my contract at the sister church up the road. This church fitted my heart. It was the type of community I wanted to work in. Meanwhile, I saw a job advertised for a training youth worker for the local authority. It was for 30 hours a week, but would allow me to finish my qualification and get lots of experience. It seemed right. If I got the job I would be able to live and serve the community of the sister church (my new church) and work for a local authority. It wasn’t quite what I had imagined – living and working in the same community. The two areas of my life would be separate, but God knew best, and he certainly did. After what I thought was a bad interview, I got the job. My husband and I moved the two miles up the road to the sister church, and we now live in that community. So that’s how I ended up moving from working for the church to working for the local authority! I have learnt so much, changed much, and am so glad to have made the move. It may have been a painful process, but I am confident that I am where God wants me to be”.