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8 Ways to Finish a Job Well

Hand off tasks

I’m a huge proponent of delegating, but there were certain responsibilities that I specifically handled.

I’ve tried to shift these responsibilities to others on staff or help them to disappear altogether if needed. A few projects I was especially passionate about may not happen now, but I also know that new and exciting projects will appear as others receive more leadership responsibility.

Share information

As with any position, I hold information others don’t have.

I’ve tried over the last few months (and will continue) to share things with others on the staff on a need-to-know basis. As I clean out my desk and files, I’m passing along pertinent information to other staff members.

Validate leadership

I believe in the leadership that remains in place at Grace. If I didn’t, I would never have been open to leaving a church so dear to me.

I have taken every opportunity presented (and created some on my own) to express my support for the staff and my confidence in the future of Grace. I truly believe my leaving creates opportunities for new momentum shifts and positive energy. I’ve expressed that sentiment repeatedly.

Remain accessible

I hope to maintain the close fellowship I have with the Grace staff, and I will remain open to assist them any way that I can. I am willing to invest in Grace going forward…not just for a year…but for a lifetime, as requested. Grace will always hold a special place in my heart.

In a practical sense, I plan to keep my Grace e-mail account active for many months after my departure…maybe as long as a year. I realize there may be future attempts from people to connect with me who may not keep up with the church on a regular basis.

It’s hard to leave a church God allowed to begin in your living room, especially when things are going so incredibly well. Transition is tough. I want the church I love to continue to thrive, so finishing well is critically important to me. I can’t determine the way people will react to my leaving. I can determine what I do to leave graciously and how I respond to their reaction.

The ultimate goal for me is to defy the title of this post. I’ll never really be “finished” as long as my heart remains with the church. Even if only through prayer and continued friendship, my intentionality towards Grace will remain for a lifetime.

What suggestions do you have for finishing well?