How The Pope Delivers Great Farewell Speeches And How You Can Use His Proven Method To Effortlessly Write and Give A Beautiful Speech As You Say Goodbye To Your Congregation!
Do You Agree With This Old Man?
Paul’s admonition to the church in I Corinthians 11: 1 to imitate him even as he imitates Christ Jesus is a verse I love so much.
You see, in our lives, we all look up to good role models whenever we are charting any path and I know for sure there’s someone who really inspires you in your pastoral ministry.
It stands then to reason that you should get proven examples you can model your speech after as they will help make writing your pastor’s farewell speech so much easier.
In that post, we looked briefly at Pope Benedict XIV’s goodbye speech to the worshippers in Rome.
Today, we are going to look at it in its entirety by critiquing it so you can get important ideas to help you write a heartfelt speech fast and easy.
Get This Right!
Let me again remind you that writing a speech is not the same as putting together a sermon. There are varied differences and each serves its unique purposes.
By the way, I would like to take this moment to thank Pope Election for letting us have what Pope Benedict XVI said before he flew over to Mater Ecclesiae Monastery inside the Vatican City. God bless you guys!
Pay Heed To This Before You Go For It
First, before we look at our example over, let me remind you that you shouldn’t copy what you find exactly as its theme and tone might not be the same as what you want to write.
Rather, let its style and choice of words inspire you so you can put down thoughts that come to you. Okay. Enough said. So, let’s cut to the chase!
Below are his exact words
''Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood!
Dear brothers and sisters!
Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this last General Audience of my pontificate.
Like the Apostle Paul in the Biblical text that we have heard, I feel in my heart that I have to especially thank God who guides and builds up the Church, who plants His Word and thus nourishes the faith in His People.
At this moment my heart expands and embraces the whole Church throughout the world and I thank God for the ‘news’ that, in these years of my Petrine ministry, I have received about the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and for the love that truly circulates in the Body of the Church, making it to live in the love and the hope that opens us to and guides us towards the fullness of life, towards our heavenly homeland.''
Okay. Let’s hit the pause button. Thank God, I am not going to do this all by myself.
Please what do you make of the extract above?
Please you have just 5 minutes to give me your answer because I know for sure you are a good student.
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Someone tells me this seems to be quite difficult! Yikes!
Okay, time’s up and a few of you wrote that it’s his introduction. That’s true you know.
Now, Here’s How To Start With A Bang
Just as you pretty much aware, the opening lines of any speech have to be very impactful.
To make yours stand out, you have to write down the names of people you will be addressing and their titles if possible.
You may go back up this page and model yours after his opening remarks anyway.
Next, decide on how to open your speech.
Okay. Look at this part of his example once again: ''Like the Apostle Paul in the Biblical text that we have heard, I feel in my heart that I have to especially thank God who guides and builds up the Church, who plants His Word and thus nourishes the faith in His People.''
We can infer from the above lines that he used a bible verse to begin his message and I must say his intro is a hit.
Guess what? That’s not the only way to start on a positive note.
Here Are Some Guidelines To Help You Come Up With One
- You can begin with a bible verse just as he’s done.
If I were to write your farewell speech’s introduction with a bible quote, this is how I would have started.
''I thank the Lord who abounds with love, grace, and plenteous mercy more than we can ever imagine!
His grace has made this day possible considering that his mercies are new every morning…!''
I hope you got the idea right?
- You can also use farewell or goodbye quotes by respected theologians or scholars or sages.
- You can right away tell a brief story of when you joined the ministry.
- You can start with a joke but please make sure it’s relevant else it will backfire.
- You can even begin with a bible story if it really connects with your opening lines.
- You can connect your opening lines with the words of a well-known Christian tune like the one below.
Through All the Changing Scenes of Life"
by Nicholas Brady, 1659-1726
and Nahum Tate, 1652-1715
- Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.
- Of His deliverance, I will boast
Till all that are distrest
From my example comfort take
And charm their griefs to rest.
- Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt His name!
When in distress to Him I cried,
He to my rescue came.
- Another way would be to draw ideas or inspiration from a poem about our journey through life or stay on earth or being a minister of God!
For example…let’s see Jim Reeve’s video ''This World Is Not My Home''
Please see excerpts of lyrics below
''This world is not my home
I'm just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me
From heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home
In this world anymore.''
A Short And Sweet Example
Now, let’s see how I am going to use the words of that song to write something brief so you get a clear idea of how best to write your opening words (see Reeves’ words and their usage in context)!
Here you go!
''We often forget that this world is not our home because we are not of the world.
The world and everything we see in life is fading away like a flower and so are we because it’s not our home.
We can only call heaven our home because that’s where we are going to see Jesus face to face someday.
As God’s messengers to the nations, no place is our home and we sometimes forget that.
It comes to mind though when we go through one change or another in our lives.
Through the years I have been with you; you and God have helped make our lives….''
That was to get you started on the right track. Can you continue from where I felt off?
Well, let’s go back to the Pope’s speech.
''I feel I ought to carry everyone in prayer, in a present that is God’s, where I recall every meeting, every voyage, every pastoral visit. I gather everyone and everything in prayerful recollection, in order to entrust them to the Lord: in order that we might have full knowledge of His will, with every wisdom and spiritual understanding, and in order that we might comport ourselves in a manner that is worthy of Him, of His, bearing fruit in every good work (cf. Col 1:9-10).
At this moment I have great confidence because I know, we all know, that the Gospel’s Word of truth is the strength of the Church; it is her life. The Gospel purifies and renews, bearing fruit, wherever the community of believers hears it, and welcomes God’s grace in truth and in love. This is my confidence, this is my joy.''
Having given you lots of details earlier, please what can you say about the lines above? Got any idea? Ok…still happy to help.
That idea presented above is a continuation of the Pope’s introductory remarks.
What that means is your speech should be developed as if you’re building your dream house…one step at a time! Remember an orderly presentation of ideas makes understanding so much easier.
Okay, enough said for that. Let’s get on with our review of his words.
''When on 19 April almost eight years ago I accepted to take on the Petrine ministry, I had the firm certainty that has always accompanied me: this certainty for the life of the Church from the Word of God.
At that moment, as I have already expressed many times, the words that resounded in my heart were: Lord, what do You ask of me? It is a great weight that You are placing on my shoulders but, if You ask it of me, I will cast my nets at your command, confident that You will guide me, even with all my weaknesses.
And eight years later I can say that the Lord has guided me. He has been close to me. I have felt His presence every day.
It has been a stretch of the Church’s path that has had moments of joy and light, but also difficult moments. I felt like St. Peter and the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee.
The Lord has given us many days of sunshine and light breezes, days when the fishing was plentiful, but also times when the water was rough and the winds against us, just as throughout the whole history of the Church, when the Lord seemed to be sleeping.
But I always knew that the Lord is in that boat and I always knew that the boat of the Church is not mine, not ours, but is His. And the Lord will not let it sink. He is the one who steers her, of course also through those He has chosen because that is how He wanted it. This was and is a certainty that nothing can tarnish.
And that is why my heart today is filled with gratitude to God because He never left—the whole Church or me—without His consolation, His light, or His love.''
These 14 Golden Questions Hold The Key To Your Success!
Do you remember the 14 questions I asked you when we last talked about how to get the right words for your pastor farewell speech
Answers to those questions are the backbone of your message.
I remember asking you about how you felt when you were called into the ministry and the challenges you faced right?
Well, those questions were answered by the pope in his address (see underlined words below)
''When on 19 April almost eight years ago I accepted to take on the Petrine ministry, I had the firm certainty that has always accompanied me: this certainty for the life of the Church from the Word of God.
At that moment, as I have already expressed many times, the words that resounded in my heart were: Lord, what do You ask of me?
It is a great weight that You are placing on my shoulders but, if You ask it of me, I will cast my nets at your command, confident that You will guide me, even with all my weaknesses. And eight years later I can say that the Lord has guided me. He has been close to me. I have felt His presence every day.
It has been a stretch of the Church’s path that has had moments of joy and light, but also difficult moments. I felt like St. Peter and the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. The Lord has given us many days of sunshine and light breezes, days when the fishing was plentiful...''
I also remember saying you could lace your speech with anecdotes and the Pope did that as well?
By the way, the Lord’s servant did a great job with that speech.
We are not done yet. Let’s continue.
''When, on 19 April almost eight years ago I accepted to take on the Petrine ministry…At that moment, as I have already expressed many times, the words that resounded in my heart were: Lord, what do You ask of me? It is a great weight that You are placing on my shoulders but, if You ask it of me, I will cast my nets at your command, confident that You will guide me, even with all my weaknesses...''
In his discourse, Pope Benedict XVI didn’t reveal lots of details and I guess you understand why....well, it's because he's a public figure and it wouldn't be wise to tell the world everything that's happened in the church.
Well, that takes me to the next point and it has to do with…
This Sensitive Issue
Please leave out issues that are known only to the board or elders even if you’ve been forced out.
For God’s sake, you don’t have to even if you are leaving with a ''bitter'' heart. You have to forgive no matter what and leave on a good note. Remember, if you don't forgive others, our heavenly father wouldn't pardon you(Matthew 6: 14)
Like Pope Benedict’s, your priest's speech should remind the worshippers about the need to love one another, keep up the faith, and also remind believers about Christ’s imminent return!
You can see how he unified believers in the speech below. The underlined phrases attest to this.
''We are in the Year of Faith, which I desired in order to strengthen our own faith in God in a context that seems to push faith more and more toward the margins of life.
I would like to invite everyone to renew firm trust in the Lord. I would like that we all, entrust ourselves as children to the arms of God, and rest assured that those arms support us and us to walk every day, even in times of struggle.''
I was once at a church where the minister’s parting words were borne of out hostility and strife.
Obviously he was accused of things he never did, hence his resentment. Yet, his words could have been softer.
Perhaps you are going through this as you read and you want to use your speech to pay back those who have frustrated you but am reminded of Paul’s words: As much as possible, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18)
Let your speech unify and heal wounds in the ministry before you go for good.
And you can do that by reaching out to those who might not like your leadership style.
Why Do You Want To Thank Them?
Again, write down those you want to thank and why you’re thanking them.
I like how the man of God thanked all those who supported him in his 8 years in the pristine ministry. Below are his words and those he expressed gratitude to(names underlined)
''It is not only God who I wish to thank at this time. A pope is not alone in guiding Peter’s barque, even if it is his primary responsibility. I have never felt alone in bearing the joy and the weight of the Petrine ministry.
The Lord has placed at my side so many people who, with generosity and love for God and the Church, have helped me and been close to me.
First of all, you, dear Brother Cardinals: your wisdom, your advice, and your friendship have been precious to me.
My collaborators, starting with my secretary of state who has accompanied me faithfully over the years; the Secretariat of State and the whole of the Roman Curia, as well as all those who, in their various areas, serve the Holy See. There are many faces that are never seen, remaining in obscurity, but precisely in their silence, in their daily dedication in a spirit of faith and humility, they were a sure and reliable support to me.
A special thought goes to the Church of Rome, my diocese! I cannot forget my Brothers in the episcopate and in the priesthood, consecrated persons, and the entire People of God. In my pastoral visits, meetings, audiences, and trips I always felt great care and deep affection, but I have also loved each and every one of you, without exception, with that pastoral love that is the heart of every pastor, especially the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of the Apostle Peter. Every day I held each of you in prayer, with a father’s heart.''
Isn’t that beautiful and gracious?
That’s not all…It’s quite long but below are the rest and my observations!
''…At this point, I would also like to wholeheartedly thank all of the many people around the world who, in recent weeks, have sent me touching tokens of concern, friendship, and prayer. Yes, the …The Pope belongs to everyone and many people feel very close to him
It’s true that I receive letters from the world’s notables—from heads of states, from religious leaders, from representatives of the world of culture, etc.
But I also receive many letters from ordinary people who write to me simply from their hearts and make me feel their affection, which is born of our being together with Christ Jesus, in the Church.''
This Is Very Essential Too
I almost forget about this. Well, you have to use the opportunity to tell the church or your diocese they’ve helped make your ministry successful.
Here’s how Pope Benedict did that skillfully.
''In recent months, I felt that my strength had decreased, and I asked God with insistence in prayer to enlighten me with His light to make me take the right decision – not for my sake, but for the good of the Church.
I have taken this step in full awareness of its severity and also its novelty, but with a deep peace of mind. Loving the Church also means having the courage to make difficult, trying choices, having ever before oneself the good of the Church and not one’s own.''
Again, tell them why you are leaving.
Never assume everyone knows and that’s the mistake most preachers make in their speeches!
Pope Benedict once again:
''…I also thank each and every one of you for the respect and understanding with which you have received this important decision.
I will continue to accompany the Church’s journey through prayer and reflection, with the dedication to the Lord and His Bride that I have tried to live every day up to now and that I want to always live.
I ask you to remember me to God, and above all to pray for the Cardinals who are called to such an important task, and for the new Successor of the Apostle Peter. Many the Lord accompany him with the light and strength of His Spirit…''
Let Your Voice Be Like An Oasis In The Desert
Finally, end on an upbeat by reminding the church to still cling to the Lord Jesus Christ in spite of the difficult times and admonish them to show the same love to your successor, friends, and neighbors!
The lines below illustrate what I just talked about.
''Dear friends! God guides His Church, always sustaining her even and especially in difficult times. Let us never lose this vision of faith, which is the only true vision of the path of the Church and of the world. In our hearts, in the heart of each one of you, may there always be the joyous certainty that the Lord is beside us, that He does not abandon us, that He is near and embraces us with His love. Thank you! ''
Whatever it is, please make sure you don’t just write anything as your final message to the church.
Put in a lot of thought and effort by reading this post once again and this one to get your message right.
Never ever forget that your last words might be what someone needs to keep the fire of his or her faith burning!
You’ve been a blessing to the family but like Paul, you still need to strive for that incorruptible crown.
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What do you think is the best gift you can give the congregation before you leave for good?
You will agree with me when I say so because God's word makes it all possible for every man to live according to his standard.
As you leave, you have to leave on a favorable note and your parting words will make them remember you the most.
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