It might be time to move when you and the leaders are in constant conflict.
All ministries have people in power: your senior pastor, the elders, your denominational leaders, or certain church members. If you’re constantly butting heads and you can’t agree on the ministry strategy, vision, or direction, you’ll likely want to wrestle with these questions:
- Can the ministry structure/system/culture support what you feel called to do?
- Are you the right person to bring about the changes?
- Do you have the right idea but you’re at the wrong place?
- Could it be that you have the wrong idea?
- Will the (possible) results be worth the cost to move forward?
- Are you spiritually and relationally strong enough to endure the pain of progress?
- Are you willing to risk your job to move the ministry forward?
- Are you seeing more spiritual fruit this year than last year?
- If you didn’t work at your church, would you worship there?
If you’re repeatedly facing battles and the “spiritual bloodshed” exceeds the “spiritual benefit,” you have two options:
- Make the best of your current assignment with a genuinely submissive and supportive heart.
- Acknowledge you’ve done all you can do at your current place and be open to a new ministry.