Why Pastors Leave a Church

Episode #172
November 6, 2015
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Podcast Episode #172

We discuss a recent post on the non-negative reasons pastors give for leaving a church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Not everyone can lead a church of a certain size well.
  • The enemy likes nothing more than to get us involved in the Great Distraction.
  • Pastors, do you give so much attention to the negatives that you’re neglecting the positives of pastoring?
  • There are two things churches don’t do enough intentionally: corporate prayer and evangelism.
  • Sometimes a church needs certain leadership based on size and sometimes based on personality.

The five main reasons pastors give for leaving a church are:

  1. “The church has grown as much it will under my leadership.”
  2. “I am just not a good fit for this church.”
  3. “I’m spending most of my time putting out fires.”
  4. “The church has grown too large for my leadership skills.”
  5. “The church needs to relocate, and I’m not the person to lead them.”

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