Robert Gifford offers insights for knowing when it’s time to quit your church job:
There is never a good time to leave. If things are going good, you feel as if you will be missing out if you leave. If things are going badly, you feel like you are just giving up on something that is difficult. However, there are times where God leads us to leave. Sometimes it is when things are good, and sometimes it is when things are bad.
It is important to ask yourself, how is your relationship with God? Be honest! If your devotional life and your relationship with God are strong, then it makes it easier to hear the voice of God. Things will always be awkward. Everyone will either be sad or happy that you are on your way out. Are you leaving or hesitant to go based on Faith or Fear? Either way it is important that you trust God. Sometimes we are fearful of the successes of ministry. We feel as we are not good enough or we do not know if we can sustain things. Other times we are fearful of moving on to the unknown, we might not know how our family will like the new environment, or if we will even be able to support them. Just remember, that no matter what happened or will happen, God is bigger than the situation. Don’t wait for the perfect situation to move, because there are no perfect situations, perfect churches, or perfect people. Sometimes God can lead us to a place that is completely different than what we might have in mind for ourselves. However, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Often the best church is the one we just left.
So how do you know when it is time? Insight can be found in a number of ways.
- Alignment of circumstances
- Counsel of others.
- Analyzing the pros and cons of the options by using discernment and wisdom.
- Through insight from Scripture and the Holy Spirit