This post will provide encouragement coupled with advice for frustrated church leaders who are about to quit. I know how you are feeling, I’ve been there before. During my over 5 years as a church youth leader there were a few times when I was so frustrated that I was about to quit the leadership position and leave the church. At times the desire for leaving would be a legitimate reason while other times it was purely self-imposed. If you’re feeling frustrated and are about to quit your church leadership position, whether it’s paid or volunteer, here are 3 things you must do before you make that critical decision:
1. Place everything in God’s hands-
Know your skills, abilities, and leadership can greatly impact those you serve only when you release complete control of your life over to God. The leaders who last in a church position have the habit of releasing everything over to God. This means you should do your best while having a Standard of Excellence and rely on God to deliver the results. Let go of the burden that you must do everything or more tasks that are outside your areas of main responsibilities.
Letting go and releasing everything to God will lighten the burden that is causing you to burn out or want to quit. Be thankful and encouraged that you have an all mighty God working on your behalf.
2. Take a break or vacation-
Being exhausted from serving and leading brings burnout which can cause you to want to quit. Regular days off and annual vacations are essential for your overall well-being. Make it a habit to take (at least once a week) breaks and begin to say no to more unimportant tasks that might drain your energy.
God commands (exodus 34:21) Christians, this also includes Christian leaders, to take one day a week to rest. Leaders need to take this commandment seriously. The next time you’re frustrated and want to quit take one suggestion: before you make the decision, take a couple days off to relax and have some fun.
3. Step back and reflect-
Take time to step back and reflect on the big picture of why you are at your current church, and not just how you are currently feeling in your role. Emotions are powerful forces and we can’t allow them to lead us to quit when God is calling us to stay.
Also take time to think on the positive and good memories you have while serving in your position and at the same time avoid any bad memories that might bring you down. Remember your role is impacting people’s eternal lives.
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