Monday, January 26, 2009

Craig Groeschel asks Pastors, Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Pastor Craig Groeschel posted an excellent question for pastors and church staff on swerve.lifechurch.tv today you can read his post here ...

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

I wanted to respond to his post by sharing two articles in the pastors area of LifeWay.com on this subject. These have been some of the most popular articles on lifeway.com in the past couple of years.

The first article is 10 Factors to Consider Before Leaving Your Church by Conflict Management specialist Norris Smith. In this article, Norris says you should consider the following factors:
  1. Calling
  2. Circumstances
  3. Competencies
  4. Depletion
  5. Conflict
  6. Conduct
  7. Tenure
  8. Doctrine
  9. Environment
  10. Livelihood
View the full article here 10 Factors to Consider Before Leaving Your Church

The second article is How to Know When It's Time to Go by Calvin Wittman (Sr. Pastor of Applewood Baptist in Colorado). In this article, Calvin says we should look for "a compelling sense of call, an overwhelming certainty that God is calling us to a new place of service." He suggests considering the following five questions:
  1. Is the new assignment in line with your gifts?
  2. What does the body of Christ say?
  3. What does your wife say?
  4. What does the Spirit of God say?
  5. What does your heart say?
View the full article here How to Know When It's Time to Go

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