Should you quit your church job?

Man, leaving a church job is difficult.

What will people think?  What reason will you give (other than the ‘I feel God is moving me)?

People expect people to change jobs.  But not in the church… many people expect that you’ll be in your position until the day they (or you) die.  And when you decide to move on… some will take it personally.

So… when do you know it’s time to move on?

Let’s look at a purely secular, non-churchy view… from Harvard Business Review.

They say to watch for these signals:

Start by figuring out whether you lack excitement about the bigger picture or the day-to-day activities. “When people ask me how things are going, my standard response is that I love what I’m doing, which doesn’t mean that I like it on any given day,” says Schlesinger. Here are some signs that something larger is going on:

    • You keep promising yourself you’ll quit but never do. Gulati says that these false starts are often indicative of an underlying problem.

    • You don’t want your boss’s job. If you can’t stand the idea of having your manager’s job, you need to think hard about what’s next. Chances are that “your hungrier peers will soon pass you, creating more job dissatisfaction,” says Gulati.
    • You’re consistently underperforming. If you keep trying to get better but you’re not seeing results, it may be time to consider whether you have what it takes, or if your boss and colleagues value what you have to offer. Schlesinger warns that sometimes you’re up against an impossible task — the job is too big, the politics are too tricky, there aren’t enough resources, or you don’t have the required skills and experience.

If you notice one or more of these signs, pay attention and ask yourself whether the costs of staying in the job are reasonable and acceptable to you. It may be that the “price of admission” — opportunity loss, emotional toll — aren’t worth it.

Read more here…

What do you think?

Have you been thinking about leaving your current church job for some time now?

Why haven’t you?  Is it because you’re not sure?  Because you don’t want to take the risk?  Other reasons?

If you were to ‘test the waters’ this morning, what would you find?



  • Chris June 10, 2013 Reply

    Good thoughts. I have been considering some of these exact thoughts for a while now. Leaving ministry would be hard, it only in the local day to day activities. Staying connected in ministry, just not in a local perspective,would be great.

  • Dave June 10, 2013 Reply

    NEVER have this discussion with yourself on a Monday! Most are in a post-weekend crash after the adrenaline rush of the last day or two. Time for reflection like this is when your biochemistry is on a more even keel.

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