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?
- 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:
- Unreasonable expectations on themselves and the church.
- Family problems.
- Financial struggles.
- Failure to connect with others for mentoring, coaching, or networking.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Replanter Assessment
- Find more resources at the Revitalize & Replant page at ThomRainer.com
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