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Deal-Breakers: 7 Ways God May Tell a Pastor to Leave a Church
Long-term pastorates are almost always good for the church and the pastor. But when these things happen, it's time to go.

Give the Long Haul Your Best Try

Sometimes what works for a while, like the above scaffolding, changes over time. But in most situations, the church and the pastor grow together, pulling each other forward as God guides each one.

That’s what has happened in my current church. When I think back to how naïve and inexperienced I was 24 years ago, it makes me wonder why they hired me. But if I thought too long about the mess they were in at the time, it might make me wonder why I took the job.

We suited each other then. We’re both different now. But, like a good marriage, we became different together. They’re better because of what God has done for them through me. I am certainly better because of what God has done for me through them.

The path hasn’t been easy. But it’s been worth it.

If you’re wondering whether-or-not it’s your time to move on, don’t use this post as a final word on anything. Pray about it. Seek wise counsel.

Ultimately, it’s God who puts pastors in churches. And it’s God who removes us.

Stay if you can. But if you need to leave, do so with grace, love and integrity.

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December 15, 2016 at 12:25 AM

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