Ratzlaff to step away from Main Street leadership

After nine years at the helm of an organization she helped create, Barb Ratzlaff has decided to leave her leadership role with Main Street Ministries.

Ratzlaff has announced her intention to resign June 1 as interim director. She plans to spend more time with family and hopes to continue working with Main Street as a part-time volunteer.

The decision to step down was entirely hers, she said.

?It has nothing to do with any personnel, board members or anything with the ministry,? Ratzlaff said.

?It?s just the fact that my life has taken a major change because of circumstances, and I feel the need to step back and give myself a chance to respond to those circumstances in a good way and keep my family first.?

The board of Main Street Ministries is currently meeting with staff to determine areas of need and will begin the process of finding new leadership, she said.

?Hillsboro is loaded with people with a wonderful background and heritage that could really lend to this place,? she said. ?It?d be great if someone from the local community would be interested.?

Barb Ratzlaff and Glenn Ratzlaff began Main Street Ministries in 1991. Barb was appointed interim director after Glenn resigned last June.

It proved to be a larger task than she anticipated.

?Back when Glenn left in June, the board asked me what I felt I needed,? she said. ?They said if we needed to close Main Street down to the minimal things, or have someone else come in and run it temporarily, we could do it.

?I just could not foresee not living here at that point,? she said.

Instead, she accepted the role of interim director. In January, she took some time away from the work when the load became overwhelming.

?That?s when I realized how much I was juggling, and my family was getting the leftovers,? she said. ?That?s just not me.?

She said she concluded the load was heavy for her because it had been carried by two people in the past. And each person had brought unique strengths to the task.

?I?m more of a maintainer,? she said. ?As time goes on, you start realizing you can?t just maintain. You?ve got to keep up and keep on top. I?m not an organizer, I?m an administrator.

?I guess it doesn?t have to be a two-person job, but that?s how I entered it,? she said.

She said the change will be difficult at first?for her, but also for the organization. But Main Street can continue its goal of meeting the needs of families in crisis if the community takes ownership of it, she said.

?It?s hard to leave something you put yourself into and have gotten other people involved in,? Ratzlaff said. ?I?m hoping that after nine years that there?s been enough volunteers here, enough groups that I?ve spoken to, and that they?ll see the validity of the work and the need for it.

?It?s a gold mine of a mission field,? she added. ?You can evangelize as much as you want, you can serve as much as you want, you can work with your hands if you want to. You can do any kind of service right here, and I feel that?s a privilege God gives us right in our own back yard.

?There was nothing special about us,? she said. ?If you just love the Lord and want to share him with other people in a real tangible, practical way, this is an opportunity to do that.?

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