Three-and-Done: Why Ministry Leaders Quit and 3 Books That Can Help You Beat the Odds

Hard day

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Most ministry leaders, specifically pastors, tend to leave their ministry after 3 to 4 years. It is an unfortunate statistic that limits a ministry’s ability to flourish. I have heard from several ministry leaders regarding this issue. Here are some reasons why ministry leaders quit after 3 years:


Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space

The church campus tells a story. Stories are all around us, in virtually every aspect of our daily experiences, which means that our church and ministry facilities also tell a story. Tim Cool offers a unique perspective on the importance of church buildings. These buildings are vastly more important than most understand. The church campus and the story of the people in the church go hand-in-hand and are interwoven into each other. We cannot neglect the power of story and how our church facilities communicate a story. In this book, several key question about church facilities are answered: How does church space support the story of the people? How does the church space prime the heart, minds, and emotions of your guests? How does your facility bring people into the story of the church?

Church facilities will not save a person from a life of sin and frustration. But the lack of attention to the church campus can indeed be the road block to reaching those people that need to hear the gospel message the most. Don’t minimize their impact. This book will reveal how to maximize your church facility to share the greatest story ever told, the gospel.

Now available from Rainer Publishing

Don’t Give Instructions. Give Intent.


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David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around!, was a submarine captain. His success as a leader became well-known when Stephen Covey spent time aboard Marquet’s submarine and wrote on his leadership style. On Marquet’s submarine, everyone contributed, and everyone was a leader.

In this video, Marquet explains a key principle to his leadership style: Don’t give instructions. Give intent.

Should I Hire My Friend?


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Many of us will face a scenario where there is an available position in our ministry, and we have a good friend who meets the needed skill set for that position. Part of you becomes excited about the potential of working with your friend, but another part of you is unsettled. What do you do? Should you hire your friend?

Instead of providing a quick “yes” or “no,” let’s consider some positives, negatives, and a few key questions surrounding this scenario.

5 Reasons Why Ministry Leaders Should Pay Attention to Their Budgets

Numbers And Finance

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I actually like budgets. And I recognize that this makes me weird and in the minority of ministry leaders. For most, budgets are boring and painful. The number-filled documents sap life from the leader. It is something to be avoided.

But a budget is much more than numbers on paper. Budgets reveal a story. They provide unbiased, unfiltered insights into the ministry, and discloses the state of ministry leaders’ major concern areas. Budgets can help ministry leaders lead more effectively. Allow me to provide 5 reasons why ministry leaders should pay attention to their budgets:


How to Survive a Difficult Pastorate (Rainer Publishing, 2013)

Countless surveys show that many pastors are hurting. Many pastors are hurting because they are in difficult churches. And many pastors will leave ministry after experiencing and encountering one of these difficult churches. Chris Bonts knows about such churches. He’s been there and done that. But he’s come out on the other side a stronger and wiser pastor and leader. How to Survive a Difficult Pastorate tells real life stories about the hurt and pain pastors often experience. Dr. Bonts presents such challenging times in a theological framework that helps us understand the why of these difficult times. But he doesn’t stop there. He offers sage and practical advice about what pastors should do as they are experiencing these trials.

Now available from Rainer Publishing