It's a somewhat common story. A leader gets discouraged in a ministry. The thoughts occurs that it's time to move to another place. And they leave their ministry to try something new or in a different context. Leaving a ministry isn't always bad, there are definite times when that may be the step that is needed. But I wanted to talk to Dave Ferguson about staying in ministry for the long-haul.
Dave Ferguson celebrated 28 years at Community Christian Church in Chicago, IL this year. We have gotten to know each other through mutual connections and the Exponential Conference. Links for Exponential are below. If you are in a place wondering if leaving your current ministry is for you, take a minute and listen to this firs.t Join us for a conversation about ministry that last; how to stay in ministry long-term.
Exponential Conference - http://exponential.org
New Thing Network - http://www.newthing.org
Dave Ferguson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding Your Way Back to God - https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Your-Way-Back-God/dp/1601426097/
Starting Over - https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Over-Your-Beyond-Regrets/dp/1601426119/
Practical Help |
Dave mentioned "RPMS," a journaling tool to help assess where you are as a leader. How are you doing Relationally, Physically, Mentally, Spiritually.
How are you in your relationships with family and friends? Are things good there or do you have some work to do?
How are you physically? Are you taking care of your body? Getting a workout in? Eating well?
How are you mentally? Are you taking time to stay up to date on the latest news. Are you current on what's happening in the world? Is your mind right for ministry?
How are you doing spiritually? Are you taking time for God? Have you allowed to-do lists to take over? Are you operating on empty?
Begin journaling RPMS to get a sense and gauge of your personal and ministry health.
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