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As much as we hate to write on this topic, its been heavily requested. Nothing lasts forever…at least not on this side of eternity.

It’s no secret that youth ministry is filled with ups and downs and down times in the valley feel especially deep, and it gets confusing. During this time, unsettling questions about you call to ministry begins to emerge thru the soil of doubt.

Questioning your call to ministry can bring about ugly feelings that arrive with a sense of confusion that is both powerful and paralyzing. Wisdom suddenly seems scarce and you lack a clear view of which way is forward.

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Transitioning out of a ministry is a BIG TIME decision. We’ll share a few ideas with the hope that they may help you make discover your next step. But, before you read further, please understand our heart with this issue: this decision is much bigger than our words in this article! Our words are just to get you thinking. Devote your heart to God, beg for his divine wisdom, and dialogue with people you trust. Here are a couple possible signs that might trigger the transition conversation:

BITTERNESS
We only have two hands, but our heart can hold a thousand hurts. Resentment is a bitter poison, slowly seeping from the soul to every area of our lives. It’s not a good place to attempt minister to others.

We know the answer is to forgive, to let go, and give up our “rights” just like Jesus did for us. But, knowing and doing aren’t the same thing. It may be time to move on from ministry when the ministry situation regularly triggers bitterness and resentment. We’ll get hurt no matter where we are serving, but when the pain is constant, it may be time to make some significant changes.

Is your ministry defined by the grudges you bear?

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DIVISIVENESS
If you’re a leader in youth ministry, you are most likely accountable to another leader. If you can’t follow that leader, it’s probably time to move on. The Apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear: divisiveness has no place in the church (1 Cor.1:10). “Following” doesn’t mean 100% agreement and blind obedience (you’re not a robot). If you have a pulse, it’s impossible to agree with every decision your leader makes. However, we are called to follow in harmony and unity. When our disagreements morphs into divisiveness, it could be time to move on.

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