5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Quit as a Church Leader
If you find yourself growing weary in church leadership from time to time, you’re not alone. Serving as a church leader can be downright tiresome and challenging – but that doesn’t mean we should quit. Sometimes we just need a little bit of encouragement to persevere and continue on. As you read this article, just know I might have written this just for you. On the other hand, maybe I’ve written it for myself. Serving Jesus in church leadership can be one of the greatest joys on planet earth, but it can also take its toll both emotionally and physically.
Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t quit as a church leader.
1 – The church needs your gifts and faithfulness. Before you knew Jesus, it’s very likely you were broken, lost, alone, and in need of forgiveness of your sin. You came to know the amazing grace and love of Jesus Christ because someone was faithful in using their gifts for God. Don’t forget your testimony. Don’t forget where you came from. Don’t forget that God uses the faithfulness and gifts of His people to reach others. contribution. Though you may not always feel like you are needed, you are.
2 – There is more going on than you currently see. Often times, God needs to do a work in you before He can do a great work through you. God is always doing more of His work in you than you can see. Throughout the Scripture God has often used challenging times to develop character, discipline, endurance, and strength in His people. He does the same today.
3 – Though it may not feel like it, you are gaining valuable experience. In our culture we value what is quick and easy. We gladly pay for fast food, quick weight loss, and get rich quick schemes. When it comes to the Kingdom of God, there are no quick and easy crowns that God gives. While ministry may be very difficult to endure at times, we can see throughout Scripture that God values those who persevere. He never leaves those who endure and do not give up.
4 – God wants you to learn from your mistakes. It would be great if all the lessons we needed to learn in life came from reading books, listening to podcasts, church messages, or watching youtube videos. The truth is that while we can learn great lessons from books, leaders, mentors, and elders, some of the greatest lessons we learn are born from our own failures and mistakes.
5 – Jesus didn’t quit! This is important. Jesus never quit on you. Never. He lived the life we should have lived and He suffered the penalty we should have paid. He endured the cross. He took the penalty of your sin and mine and removed them as far as the east is from the west. Before you quit – it’s important to remember that Jesus never did.
If God didn’t answer one more prayer of yours, He didn’t speak to You through His Word, or nudge you with His Holy Spirit, that would still be enough. If all He did was give His life in your place, that is already more than enough. You shouldn’t quit on Jesus and His church because Jesus didn’t quit on you! Don’t give up. Don’t give in. As church leaders, we should be there for each other. If you are facing a hard time and need encouragement from others, find a pastor, a friend, or an elder you can trust and share with them your challenges.
When you face discouragement in ministry – what are some thoughts that keep you from quitting?
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.