I am not asking this in reference to myself, but the topic came up recently. May an ordained minister, without sin, resign from pastoral ministry altogether in order to pursue a different calling (lumberjack, gentleman farmer, banker, etc.)? This is assuming the decision is not a result of providential circumstances such as illness, financial crisis, or inability to find a call. It also assumes that no disqualifying moral failure has taken place. So may someone who is qualified and who has been set apart for the Gospel ministry, then decide to pursue a secular career?