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Dear Fred

When do you know its time to leave a ministry?

Fred's Response

I see little difference in guidelines for decision making in ministry or any other career job. I think there are three points to consider: 1) When I become less productive than is reasonable 2) When I lose effective relationships in the organization 3) When I have no more joy or passion for the work If I find that I am in the "negative column" on these three then I must consider whether it is me or the situation. Am I looking at the job objectively? If so, I like to think that I can grow by finding a situation that has the elements of productivity, effectiveness and joy rather than just succumbing and surrendering to boredom. As far as quitting before looking for another job, I have found it wise not to leave before having something else. Unemployment can be an emotionally dangerous time.