The Seven Most Common Reasons Revitalization Pastors Quit

Episode #067
November 15, 2018
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Pastors leave churches every week. It’s a sad reality, but in revitalization settings it often happens for one of these seven reasons.

Episode Highlights:

  • Pastors should expect there to be critics in the church.
  • Your family is your first line of ministry. If you’re not leading them well, you won’t be able to led the church well.
  • It’s important for a pastor to have friends out side the church to maintain proper perspective and understand that they face the same thing other pastors do.
  • When pastors take extended sabbaticals (longer than 4-6 weeks), they run the risk of losing touch with the church and the church moving on without them.

The seven reasons that we discuss are:

  1. Unrealistic expectations
  2. Critics
  3. Family hurt
  4. Loneliness
  5. Weariness
  6. Financial stress
  7. Lack of self-worth

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Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit

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