This is about as candid as I can be on a public blog. I'm feeling crappy. And that is totally out of character for me. The end of a semester is always a tumultuous mix of joy and sadness. It's exciting to see new leaders stepping up to the plate and new groups emerging. But it's terrible to see leaders leave.
That happens a lot around here at NCC. We've generally got folks for about two years, and then they're off again for grad school, missions work, run for office, etc.
This semester, I'm losing about a half dozen leaders. Some are leaving because of life change issues, and we are excited to be a part of their transition to new things in life. Others are leaving because NCC is just not the right fit for them anymore; and that's where the issue gets tough for me. And where the crappiness comes from. I feel caught between two strongly held beliefs that 1) people need to be plugged into the church where the can best grow but also that 2) people need to be committed to the church they are plugged into.
So how do other people deal with leader leak? Do you have exit interviews? Do you use the departure as an opportunity to re-evaluate your own leadership or to re-evaluate your structures and systems?