He believes and I concur that there is tremendous benefit both personally and organizationally in long term tenure. I was a teacher for over 35 years and a member of two churches in my entire life. I served as a member in both churches for at least 15-20 years each. I served as an associate minister under my former pastor for 12 years before leaving to start my own church. There is something to the Scripture that says: "And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own.
The writer of the article says: "This statement does not suggest that you should never leave, but it does help you to do some internal soul searching with regards to your motive for leaving.
In my opinion, that is Lydia's opinion, there are too many people that profess that they always hear from God on matters of this nature. I would like to meet these people. Because they will have you believing that they have God's ear 24/7. I don't know about you, but God doesn't give me that type of connection. There are some other important steps and people that He places in my life to help me with some of my decisions.
Notice that Mr. Nieuwhof does not include the words, "God told me to move on" in his list. So here we go with the list of 5 signs it's time to move on.
1. Your spouse is telling you it is time to go. For those of us who are married, there will be seasons in which you and your spouse might disagree about whether it is time to start a new assignment. But long term, a house divided against itself cannot stand, especially in ministry. Plus, when it comes to my life, I trust my wife's voice even a little more than I trust my own. So if after a season or two, if your spouse is telling you it's time to go, it becomes unwise to ignore that.
2. Your circle of wise counsel is telling you to move on. Every person should have a circle of wise counsel around them. For every leader, it is more than advisable, it is essential. I have a circle of friends, mentors and colleges I trust to speak the truth to me. They often see things I'm blind to. If they are telling you to go, listen to them.
I totally agree with this advice, that is why you have to choose your friends carefully. Know those that labor among you. Some people come into your life for a reason and some for only a season. Make sure you use discernment when sharing crucial information concerning life changes.
3. You have lost the confidence of the leadership. If your staff team, elder board, pastor or other leaders around you have lost confidence in you for more than a season, it is time to go. It means your influence as a leader is gone, and without the ability to influence, you cannot lead effectively.
And an AMEN goes right there as far as I am concerned.Your "gift" can only take you so far! It is your integrity and character that will give you influence, stability, and longevity.
I think I will stop here for today and give you number 4 and 5 tomorrow. I hope this advice has help you, especially if you are currently contemplating making a move from a job or a ministry. whatever you decided, prayer is always in order.
So........."Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"