Quitting too soon

Tim Peters has written a short piece dealing with ten reasons why pastors quit too soon.  I found it interesting (and true).  Take a look at the list… Do you ever feel like quitting?  It’s probably because of one of these reasons…

1. Discouragement

  • Many pastors and church leaders receive criticism, experience little or no growth, people leave, enemy attacks, etc.

2. Failure

  • Many pastors are successful.  But with unnecessary and self-afflicted pressure they feel like a failure.

3. Loneliness

  • It can be lonely at the top.

4. Moral Failure

  • Especially sexual sin/affair/pornography addiction.

5. Financial Pressure

  • Not enough money to support their family. Or lack of financial responsibility.
I wonder though… when you want to quit… which one of these is the biggest culprit?
Is there anything that you might add to the list?
When was the last time you were really serious about quitting?


  • Andy Wood December 6, 2011 Reply

    I used to joke that I resigned every Monday.

    Maybe I wasn’t actually joking.

    Anyway, the greatest pressure to hang it up comes, not surprisingly, when several of these factors are layered on top of each other. Of the five listed first, I have dealt with every one on one level or another (I would substitute loneliness with isolation.) But years ago, when discouragement over finances led to isolation and deep feelings of personal failure, my world came crashing down.

    Thank God for His grace and restoration.

    • Tim Peters January 21, 2012 Reply

      Andy, I completely agree. In most cases, you can handle one. But when one meets one and two meets three … It is tough to stay in the game.

  • Jan December 6, 2011 Reply

    Yes, Yes and Yes, we’ve felt like quitting. But being confident of our calling is what has kept us hanging in there. Which ones on the list? all but four.

  • Todd January 20, 2012 Reply

    I did quit about 4 months ago. I had been in leadership for 15 years and on staff for about 10. Over the last three years I realized more & more that the Senior Pastor and I seriously disagreed on how a church should function. So, rather than fight him for control, I stepped out of the way. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. I had actually been at the church longer than the Senior Pastor.

    • Tim Peters January 21, 2012 Reply

      Todd, sorry to hear about the situation. Hope all is well.

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