The Five Main Reason Pastors Quit Revitalization Efforts

Episode #035
April 5, 2018
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There are several things that pastors can encounter that will make them want to quit. Today, we cover five of them related to revitalization.

Today’s Listener Question:


I came on as pastor in my current church at the beginning of last year. The revitalization has not been easy, but I’m trying to persevere. What are some traps that I need to avoid to keep me from wanting to quit?

Episode Highlights:

  • Pastors need to have reasonable expectations for church growth. Unreasonable expectations lead to frustration.
  • Spend time with long term members and ask them what was going on in the church when it saw its greatest growth in the past.
  • There’s always work to do in the church, but you have to watch for burnout.
  • Stop thinking about what you can accomplish in one year; start thinking about what you can accomplish in three years.
  • Spend time doing things in ministry that energize you.

The five reasons for quitting that we cover are:

  1. Unreasonable expectations on themselves and the church.
  2. Burnout.
  3. Family problems.
  4. Financial struggles.
  5. Failure to connect with others for mentoring, coaching, or networking.

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