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5 Good and Bad Times to Leave Your Ministry

Look around you.

Odds are you won’t retire in your current position.

That means your stay is temporary.

For some people, this reality causes joy. For others tears. (Your response is incredibly revealing to the deeper melody line that’s playing inside you.)

So how do you know when it’s your time to leave?

For starters, know this: there is a good time to leave and a bad time. As a founding partner in the new John Maxwell Team, I was able to hear some great insight from him face to face in one of our recent conversations.

After our chat, I reflected and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you:

GOOD: a good time to leave/a good type of restlessness:

1. When you’ve fulfilled your calling

2. When you’re being pulled toward improvement

3. When you’re embracing a new assignment

4. When you’ve reached your potential

5. When you’ve learned as much as you can from your inner circle

BAD: a bad time to leave/a bad type of restlessness:

1. When you’re bored

2. When you’re running from improvement

3. When you’re escaping your current assignment

4. When you haven’t paid the price

5. When you think you’re better than the people around you

Remember, don’t move anywhere else until you’ve done the best where you are. But don’t stay a day longer than you should. Disengaged people are dead people.

What would you add to the list? Have you left a ministry on good/bad terms? Share your story.

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Kary Oberbrunner serves the business and non-profit community as a speaker and coach. The author of several books, Kary also serves as a founding partner on the John Maxwell Team. He and his wife Kelly are blessed with 3 amazing children