10 Reasons Leaders Don’t Quit

As I do church consulting with congregations that are often unhealthy, I wonder why more pastors don’t just quit. On the mission field, I wonder why missionaries don’t just come home when the soil is hard. What I’ve learned from leaders is that they stay in tough places because of:  

  1. Calling. They can’t deny that God called them there, so they’re not willing to leave until they sense His call elsewhere.
  2. Conviction. That is, they deeply know they are where they’re supposed to be. They might try to ignore that conviction at times, but they come back to it.
  3. Commitment. These leaders just don’t run easily. When they make a commitment, they keep it.
  4. Compassion. The work may be tough, but leaders who stay love the people they lead.
  5. Companions. Friends—genuine, deep, lifetime—friends are there. Thus, leaders don’t walk on hard soil alone.
  6. Courage. They aren’t afraid to confront divisive people or issues, and they’re unafraid to stand strong when others fall around them.
  7. Character. These leaders have a commitment to godliness—and that godliness won’t let them leave without God’s clear command.
  8. Contentment. They’re unusual, but some leaders like the challenge of a tough place. They would never be happy in waters that are only smooth. 
  9. Compensation. I know no other way to say this: some leaders stay because of the money. They tolerate a lot to keep money in the bank.
  10. Closure. God gave them a vision for their ministry, and the vision isn’t fulfilled yet. So, it’s not time to go. 

What other reasons would you add? 




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