What to do when your boss leaves

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14

The “Year of the Great Resignation” is ending. Hopefully, the labor churn that many for-profits and nonprofits experienced will become a memory.

Yet, a few more shifts could occur in employment status for some. People may feel the sentiment in Philippians 3:12, which says, “Not that I have already obtained all this [of knowing Jesus fully], or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” While the job may not be done at their current employer, they must move on to whatever God has called them to do. And that means leaving an employer for something else.

So, what do you do when your boss leaves your nonprofit? Philippians reminds us to keep pressing on. Look toward what is in front of you. There’s a reason why you are still at that nonprofit. Keep straining, keep moving, keep going to the goal that God set before you.

Of course, that doesn’t mean to completely disregard your boss. This passage does say to “forget what is behind.” While you may want to forget the projects your boss started, perhaps it’s more of forgetting the clashes or unproductive angry moments. Perhaps this forgetting is in the sense of forgiveness than a complete dump of every memory associated with your boss. Perhaps some markers in the timeline of the organization are useful. A time to remember and celebrate helps everyone to transition.

Change is hard, but if the vision is still in front of you and the mission hasn’t been achieved yet, then you have work to do. Go for it!

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© 2021, Mollie Bond. All rights reserved. Originally published at www.molliebond.org.


  1. I am happy to announce that I will be one of the first participants in “the great year of resignation phase II”. My last day of work after 58 years will be on 1/3/2022. Please note I will be unavailable until at least 1/10/22.


    • Congratulations! Just as some will be coming back to work, you’ll be leaving. Just heard a pastor talk about their retirement in February. The “Great Resignation, Phase II” indeed.


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