Seven Major Ways Pastors Discern It’s Time to Leave Their Church

Episode #566
August 27, 2019
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One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked relates to when it’s time to take a pastorate or leave one. Today we cover seven ways to sense it’s time to leave.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One indicator that it’s time to move to a new pastorate is when you have a stronger and clearer vision for the new church than your current one.
  • There’s always the risk of leaving a pastorate for greener grass when you really shouldn’t.
  • Your family is your first line of ministry.
  • You will always have some critics as a pastor. But when the opposition is insurmountable, it may be better for everyone to find another place of ministry.

The seven ways we discuss are:

  1. A sense of God’s calling
  2. A vision transfer to another ministry
  3. Family issues
  4. Insurmountable opposition at the current church
  5. A sense of completed ministry at the current church
  6. A calling away from local church ministry to another Christian ministry
  7. A calling into the secular marketplace

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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