Resigning from a ministry position is one of the most stressful times anyone can face and there is a loneliness that accompanies this private time of contemplation. In order to determine the costs and benefits of resigning or of staying, prayerfully work through the following questions:
Personal / Internal considerations
- Inwardly have I already left?
- Has my desire to leave been building or is it a result of a recent event or recent conflict with an individual?
- Would I be better to wait until a “cooling off” period is completed (e.g. one day, one week/whatever is prudent)?
- What is my normal inclination in tough situations? (Fight or Fold)
Spiritual / Leadership considerations
- How long have I been talking with God about this issue? What is He saying?
- Am I free in this situation to pursue the essentials of my call to ministry?
- Do my gifts/philosophy match the identity of the church or is there underlying tension?
- Is my vision for ministry in this present situation fulfilled or can I see a greater day of ministry ahead if I persevere?
- Who is influencing this decision to resign? What authority do they have?
- Do I feel emotionally, spiritually, or physically drained? Is a Sabbatical an option?
- Does this desire to resign fit into a pattern of when and how I have left churches previously? If so, am I at peace with that?
Relational / Accountability considerations
- Who would be affected by this decision?
- How is my family responding to the current church and the possibility of change?
- What involvement should my family have in this decision?
- What are the financial costs that would incure?
- Who can I talk to that would give me an objective perspective?
- May you find strength and direction to succeed in ministry.