If you are reading this and you are a pastor of any church I am sure that many of you at some time or another has woke up on Monday morning and wanted to turn in your resignation because of how bad you thought Sunday went.
If you are pastoring a small church of 200 or less and you have awaken on Monday morning then I know that you have felt like turning in your resignation on Monday morning. Just about any pastor has felt this way at one time or another.
The sad thing is too many pastors turn in their resignation too early. The truth is, it isn’t God’s timing, but because they are discouraged that things aren’t going the way they think it should, they decide to quit and God is just getting started with something great that is happening in their church.
I believe one of the reasons that small churches stay small is because there is no stability in leadership. The church has gone from pastor to pastor and never has a chance to do something great because the leadership won’t stick it out.
I heard a statistic that said the average stay of a small church pastor is 3 1/2 years. This is just not long enough. I believe that my congregation did not fully accept me as pastor until my 3 1/2 year mark. Pastors we have to give it time and don’t quit.
Just because your church isn’t running as many as you want it to at first does not mean that you are not successful. Just because you still feel that you are in the former pastor’s shadow does not mean that the people don’t love you. Just because the only mouth at church you are hearing is the one that barks the loudest does not mean that all the people feel the same as that person. God has placed you there for a reason and you need to stay until that reason is fulfilled. Don’t Quit!
Now I know that God truly calls some people to a particular church for a short season, but I believe that many pastors that leave after 2 or 3 years in a church are leaving prematurely.
We as pastors love to preach messages on Isaiah 40:31, but when it comes to us we get impatient waiting on God. Let me encourage you, don’t quit, God isn’t finished with you yet.
Before you surf on to any other site, please be encouraged by a video that I am sure many of you have seen. It’s from the movie Facing the Giants. It is found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fOXgn98t0Q