Why You Shouldn’t Quit Ministry Right Now, Even Though You Feel Like It

You’ve probably thought about quitting recently.

The data David Kinnaman, President of Barna Group shares weekly on our joint podcast, Church Pulse Weekly, shows that pastors are more discouraged than ever,  are worried about much lower effectiveness in their ministry post-COVID, and that 20% of churches might not even survive.

No wonder you’ve thought about quitting.

Speaking personally, I find that even scrolling through my social media and news feed most days discourages me.

I’m not telling you can’t quit. Of course you can. You can do whatever you’d like.

But I would like to try to persuade you why, for most leaders, this is probably the wrong time to leave. To at least reconsider.

And I’d love to give you a few strategies to help you move through these days with more composure, grace and, well, sanity.

I get it. It’s hard. Really hard.

Here’s why it’s worth hanging in if you can.

1. Quitting on a Bad Day is a Really Bad Idea

I’ve wanted to quit more than a few times, and almost always that’s because I’m having a bad day.

Here’s what I’ve realized: quitting on a bad day is a really bad idea.

On a bad day, your emotions hijack your brain. You can’t think straight, and you almost always end up doing things you regret.

Quitting is pretty permanent.

And if quitting on a bad day is a bad idea, The last few years have been a string of bad days, weeks, and months. The pressure is cumulative. And it’s probably wisest to resist.

Does this mean you can never quit?

Of course not. If it’s time to go, it’s time to go. I’m actually stepping down from our church staff at the end of 2020, but that was planned for years as part of a carefully developed succession plan.

If you’re going to quit, quit on a good day. After careful prayer, adequate rest, wise counsel, and a clear sense this is the best step into the future.

If you’re having a bad day (or a bad year), hang in there. You’ll probably be glad you did.

If you need some further incentive, here’s a pattern I’ve noticed in my life: you’re most tempted to quit moments before a critical breakthrough.

I can’t tell you the number of times I almost gave up, didn’t, and saw a breakthrough right around the corner.

So hang in there.

2. You’re Probably Just About To Innovate

You know the saying: necessity is the mother invention.

So, yep, things are really tough. Which also means you’re probably about to start innovating.

Most of the change that’s happened since March 2020 hasn’t been innovation, it’s been adaptation. You had no choice, so you really didn’t pivot, you adapted. We all did.

The adaptation is wearing thin. It’s not working as well as it did a few months ago.

And the return ‘back to church’ has been, for the most part, a shadow of what existed pre-COVID. Many leaders stepped back into the past when they stepped back into their buildings, and now they’re now frustrated with the lack of progress they see.

Which is driving you to despair. But sitting on the other side of despair is something much more promising: innovation.

Let your desperation drive you to innovation. That’s where all the promise is.

3. The World Has Never Needed the Church More

Saying that these have been hard times for most churches and leaders is absolutely true.

Most churches are seeing significant declines in in-person and even online attendance. I get it. That’s really discouraging.

But the mission of the church has never been more important.

In a divided, tribalized, angry, isolated and fragile culture, the mission of the church has never been more important.

While some church leaders are mimicking the attitude of the culture, supporting partisan candidates and fueling anger online, the future belongs to pastors who don’t.

What the culture needs is an alternative to itself, and the church is just that.

This is a great time to remind yourself that when you’re surrounded by division, the church brings unity.

When you see isolation, the church fuels community.

It’s a good time to affirm once again the answer to hate isn’t more hate, it’s the radically countercultural practice of enemy-love Jesus embodied.

The world does not need the church to mimic it right now, it needs the church to provide an alternative.

Perhaps you were called into leadership for such a time as this.

4. The Challenge of 2020-2021 Places You Squarely in the Tradition of Biblical Leadership

I don’t know about you, but the biblical stories I’ve read all my life are leaping off the page in fresh ways this year.

As much as you might hate 2020 and 2021, it places you squarely in the tradition of most Biblical leadership. Leaders in scripture almost always led through crisis.

If you think being Moses was easy, hang out in Exodus or Deuteronomy for a little longer. It was brutal.

People criticize the scripture regularly for being too violent (that often confuses descriptive passages with prescriptive passages). Conflict, war, oppression, invasions, and corrupt political systems characterize biblical times.

But personally, I’m glad the scriptures don’t describe some idyllic life where everyone walks in the woods in perfect harmony with each other, because that’s not the world we live in. Come on, that’s not even your family. You can’t go for a walk without someone arguing about something.

No, the dysfunction we see in biblical characters reflects the dysfunction we see in ourselves.

And strangely, through it all, we see God’s hand still at work. That Christ’s redeeming work is still progressing.

The church in Corinth was a mess. And God used it.

None of this justifies the dysfunction, but it lets us know that God works in it and in spite of it.

Which means there’s hope for you and me.

Which means when you lead through the mess that is today,  you are squarely in the tradition of Biblical leadership, tracing out hope where nobody can find any.

Three Ways To Stay Encouraged In Leadership

So, that’s a little motivation as why you shouldn’t quit.

But how do you find the fuel and motivation to stay in there?

Here are three things that have helped me and I hope will help you.

1. Don’t Look To Time Off To Heal You—Pay Attention To Your Time On

I know a lot of leaders who are holding out for some time off. And time off is wonderful.

But it’s not going to get you through the crisis. You just can’t take enough vacation or days off to get you through a prolonged crisis.

When the way you’re living and leading is broken, all the time in the world off won’t fix it.

The problem with most leaders is not how we spend our time off. It’s how we spend our time on.

So, focus on creating a sustainable rhythm for every day.  The mantra I’ve lived by for the last decade plus is, live in a way today that will help you thrive tomorrow.  It helps me figure out everything from how much sleep I need, how many meetings to take, how many decisions I can reasonably make, and how to replenish myself daily so I can lead at home and at work.

Your time off can’t save you if the problem is how you spend your time on.

This might take constant adjustment on your part, but it’s worth it.

2. Create An Encouragement File

For years I’ve kept a file I simply call “encouragement”.

It’s a simple Gmail folder.

The rule is simple. When someone sends me something that encourages me (an email, a blog comment, a DM, a card, a note), I put it in that file.   Often it’s a thank you for something I said or did, a short message of encouragement, and sometimes it’s a life-changing story (love those!).

Here’s why I keep it (hang on, my reasoning is complicated): I get discouraged.

The news bothers me. My social media feed can be depressing. Results can be disappointing. And critics can get under my skin.

Sometimes it doesn’t even take a comment from anyone.  I can discourage myself in no time flat.

You probably get a lot of encouragement, but you just forget. Plus it takes about 1000 positive comments to compensate for the one devastating critique someone emailed you.

When you get discouraged, read what you’ve saved in your encouragement file.

God is using you more than you think, and people appreciate you more than you realize.

3. Don’t Do This Alone: It Can Kill You

Leadership was already lonely enough before the crisis hit. Now it’s even lonelier.

If you want to stay motivated and strong in leadership, you can’t do it alone.

Think loneliness isn’t a big deal?

Think again. Apparently it can kill you.

Loneliness can be more deadly to your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

If you’re feeling lonely, reach out to a friend. I’ve reached out to a handful of friends in the pandemic. One friend and I text every day, just to stay in touch and encourage each other.

And when you can grab lunch and meet face to face, do it.

Solitude is a gift from God. Isolation is a tool of the enemy.

Leaders, you’re only as lonely as you choose to be.

What Keeps You Hanging In There?

I know this is a tough season and I’m so glad we’re connected through it.

What keeps you hanging in there when you feel like you’re ready to quit?

Scroll down, leave a comment and encourage another leader today.

Why You Shouldn’t Quit Ministry Right Now, Even Though You Feel Like It


  1. Fred Gurule on November 27, 2021 at 11:16 am


    Thank you for the insights you bring to my life. I am like many pastors today, looking for something to help us go on in ministry. You really gave me some encouragement this morning. It takes 1000 positive comments to even the balance of one devastating email or comment. I am my worst enemy when it comes to speaking doom into my own life and ministry. I needed this so bad this morning. Thank you for including your personal struggles you share with me.

  2. Steve Carlisle on November 27, 2021 at 7:48 am

    I enjoy reading your post. As a second career pastor I lead because of what I feel is a calling. I led for years in the corporate sector so this is not my first leadership rodeo with all the ups and downs.
    I am seeing more and more like myself choosing to go into ministry as a second career. Having “worked” for a living first gives me a sustainable outlook. I love your encouragement folder idea! A secret jewel in an otherwise bleak world. Thank you!

  3. Andy on September 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I just found this site, and I just have to say thank you for reaching out to those of us who are called into the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This has been a challenging year, and the discouragement can be overwhelming at times. I won’t go into my particular details here, but I just had to thank you for the encouragement in a time I really needed it.
    This was my first visit to this site, but not the last. Thanks again Carey.

  4. Sam on September 25, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Encouragement File, A great idea. Need to add a folder in my online folder.

  5. Bishop V.O.Williams on September 25, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Thanks so much for article, l went into my cocoon for about three weeks, just coming out of it, simply because l was discouraged, with this am lifted.

  6. Kent Henderson on September 23, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Great helps, here! I found this very encouraging and look forward to sharing it with our staff on our retreat next week! btw, is there a way to make it easily “printable?” Thanks again!

  7. Kent Krumwiede on September 23, 2020 at 10:40 am

    An Encouragement file. I like it. I’m going to look for those cards and notes I have received especially during the last 6 months and file them.

  8. Michael Lee on September 22, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I woke up this morning for prayer wondering if as a Minister I have even made a dent. The last two years the question of quitting the ministry has crossed my mind. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Virginia on September 22, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      And then there is really the time to leave. The Lord has given assignments of all sorts of length, Jesus – 3 years, many of the prophets more and less. It is not about what we think in the natural, it is what you discern is God’s intention for your contribution. Is it short term… you lead them to the promised land but don’t enter it? You sew the seed for another? You are there for a longer season. None of us can tell you that and we shouldn’t set arbitrary times of tenure. You must know in the spirit, not in the flesh when it is time…

  9. David B Moore on September 22, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Carey, thanks for this much needed word. Ministry definitely feels like a mess these days and I’m thankful you’ve reminded me that there is nothing new under the sun and that the Lord can and will work through all of this.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 8:54 am

      I’m glad to be here for you David!

      • Mina on September 23, 2020 at 9:54 am

        I’m beginning to better understand the words that Esther heard “for such a time like this.” Our times are difficult or as least different, but God has us serving among people who are also trying to understand their world as things unfold. Thanks for reminding me of the Biblical times that often were difficult… And things… With God for many worked out. May God continue to restore us through the highs and lows, joys and sorrows of serving ministry.

  10. Nweike on September 21, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks Carey for this timely and encouraging article.

    • Carol Goh on September 21, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      I praise God for giving you the gift of writing. Your articles are encouraging, enlightening and edifying. Thank you and may the Lord blessed the work of your hands.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:48 am

      Appreciate it Nweike!

      • Rev Anne Ahokangas on September 22, 2020 at 7:52 am

        Thanks as always for your inspiration! I’ll use this message as a basis for one of my talks!

        • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 8:53 am

          So glad to help!

          • Pastor Paul on September 23, 2020 at 2:07 am

            Thank you, this really helped me

  11. Crystal on September 21, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Greetings! This segment is relevant for the laymen in ministry. I totally get ” isolation is from the enemy”. Hope more will grasp and find solitude as an advantage than the latter. Hang on in there saints!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:48 am

      Thanks so much Crystal!

  12. Tim Sprankle on September 21, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Carey: I read these often, but have never commented. Thanks. This was great, timely, and relevant. By the end of the day, you might have 1000 encouragements from readers. Ha. You can file this comment section.

    Seriously, many of us are riding an up-and-down wave of energy and emotion. I’ve shared with my elders, “I’m energized and exhausted.” I start the week motivated; I end it depleted. However, I press on because the mission transcends me, God upholds me, and my congregation walks with me. None of us is alone as any one of us thinks.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Tim..so glad to hear from you, and I think you’ve articulated what a lot of people feel. You’re so right…surges of positive and negative. Thanks for leaving a comment!

  13. Brian Rice on September 21, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    No comments, other than to say… this was one of your most pastoral and strategic encouragements.

    It is not CoVid-19 that discourages me, but the political partisanship during election year and the race attitudes on the part of the while evangelical church (which I lead – apparently not very well since they have these attitudes so strongly) that are the ongoing source of tension and frustration…

    Thank you.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:50 am

      I hear you Brian. I am seriously praying as we head into the fall that Christians become the alternative and a bridge, not a reflection of the partisan culture or a barrier.

  14. Mark on September 21, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    So appropriate. We just had to let go of a staff member who falsified her hours for years. She and I were friends. People left the church over the firing, although they do not know the reason as it is confidential. We are not going prosecute.

    I got a saying a number of years ago from Charles Tremendous Jones that might help others as it has helped me: “Just because want quit doesn’t mean that I have to quit. I just want to jwanna want to quit.”

  15. Kay Kingsmill on September 21, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    This is excellent and timely advice. I wish more Pastors would understand this. You are all only human after all, and subject to discouragement. It does not need to mean you are failing. All it means is that you need to adapt your perspective. Getting support is not showing weakness, it shows strength, wisdom and integrity. Good article!

  16. Sesilia on September 21, 2020 at 11:54 am

    So relevant and timely. Thank you for the encouragement, I can appreciate these uplifting perspectives particularly during prolonged crises. Thank you for your ministry Carey. Blessings 🙂

  17. Jill Kemmer on September 21, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Such a great message in perfect timing! I’ve really been struggling with if it’s time to walk away. I’ve witnessed such indifference with people saying they don’t feel comfortable coming to achurch that is following all the protocols, but you see them all over social media at parties, weddings, etc. with no concerns. After getting so angry one night, someone reminded me that we shouldn’t judge, and that’s true, but as ministry staff, I feel like we have to act like everything is ok and we have to pretend to be personally fine and not humans with their own stressors and hurts when we are just as broken hearted as the people leaving are because things don’t look the same and we miss those that we lost. It’s hard to not feel like a failure when, even though we didn’t create this crisis, we get blamed for the church being different. I don’t want to be done and this helped me so much to know other people admit that many of us are feeling this way.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:52 am

      Jill you raise a great point, and something I saw long before COVID. People have time for different things, and this will likely be a time where some just stop coming. Just remember, you could never build the future of the church on them anyway. Find the people who love God and want to be part of the mission and build the future around them. Stay encouraged!

  18. Jason on September 21, 2020 at 11:03 am

    I have read many of your posts since COVID erupted. I appreciate your efforts to offer hope and encouragement to church leaders in these difficult times.
    The question I keep hoping you will address directly is this:
    Does the fact that one IS in a position of church leadership mean that one OUGHT to be in such a position?
    It seems to me that the answer to that question has huge implications for articles like today’s.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:53 am

      Jason…that’s a calling question, and the answer isn’t always Yes to your question. I think that calls for discernment among people who know the person.

  19. Rev. Billy Kurtz on September 21, 2020 at 10:47 am

    “I’d retire today if I could.”. I can’t tell you the number of times I have said that. I witnessed last week as church leaders took authority they did not have through deceitful actions to usurp my position to get what they want without consideration for those who cannot gather in groups. Their decisions never address what they say they are trying to accomplish yet they keep trying. (In this case, moving an outdoor service from Wednesday night to Sunday Morning because people want to he together. I note that they were together on Wednesday night. They just want to her in control) It It’s times like these that I see ask, “What’s the point?” I am encouraged by the 90 yr old who told me after she watched services on YouTube at Easter and who now joins us on Zoom that the last time she was able to to to worship was Easter 2019. She was so happy to he able to he at worship again. I’m fighting for those folks, “the least of these who are my brothers and sisters.”.
    I read this today, and I agree. The innovation point is really the challenge ahead of us. I hope that we are able to lead past/through peoples’ desire for things to “Go back to normal” (read…the way they were.). At 54 I’m over of the youngest people active in one of my churches. Tech stuff is not entirely new to them but new and not always welcome for the Church. I hope they can see the value of innovation and use of all the tools we have to reach others.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:54 am

      I feel for you Billy…maybe see a counselor about that. That’s a tension you can’t live with for long. You can’t wake up every day wishing you could retire and lead well. I feel for you!

  20. Rick Mills on September 21, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Great information and so timely!!! The temptation to quit has stared me down at some extremely rough times. Like when my wife needed a kidney transplant and some folks couldn’t access me as often as they wanted… then quit the church. Feeling emotions of wanting to quit are real. But given enough time, those emotions give way to sound thinking, training of character and prayer. When I entered the ministry 20 years ago, my pastor / mentor taught me that leading a church is a lot like being married and leading a family. Tough times build character, but we do it together. I don’t quit my marriage when my wife and I strongly disagree… we learn to look deeper at our issues and find common ground. I don’t quit my kids when they make bad decisions and they break my heart. We give it time and prayer, then find a way to address our issues on level ground. I hope this helps someone who’s thinking of quitting. Please don’t quit… You’re God’s “A-Team”… and as Carey mentioned so wisely… ‘You were created for such a time as this!” Thank you Carey Niewhof for ministering to my heart today.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:55 am

      Rick…thanks so much! And those people who left when your wife was sick….so sad. Stay encouraged.

  21. Nick on September 21, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Encouragement folder is a great idea. I can get so stuck in discouragement or negative feedbacks that I miss the joys and beauty’s that are all around me in ministry. Thanks.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 22, 2020 at 4:55 am

      You’ll be shocked at how big it gets.

  22. Amanda Box on September 21, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Serious question, is the “thousand positive comments to overcome one negative a real number or just an expression?”

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Ha ha. An expression. The scientific number is 5:1. But sometimes I feel like I need 1000. 🙂

  23. David Holland on September 21, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Wow, I needed this article today. This spoke to my mind, heart, and spirit. You definitely have Spirit-led insight into the pastor’s challenges and you have offered some great helps as well. Sincerely, thank you!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Thanks David.

  24. Tom Lathen on September 21, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I believe if I were to quit, the enemy would win. That would be a shameful denial of Christ in me. While I am not nearly as tough as I would like to be, your electronic presence has been a tremendous encouragement. I have also relied upon the one minute pause app that one of your guests hosts. Pray those prayers a lot.
    We do have the added hours required to produce an on line version of our service. Logistically we are not able to live stream from the sanctuary. So, the on line service is videotaped on Friday, edited Saturday, and then posted for Sunday morning. Numbers are up and down, but I view it as lives not touched otherwise.
    I did have Sunday off, first Sunday off since January, and it was urgently needed.

  25. Andrea on September 21, 2020 at 9:42 am

    This is an interesting article for me to read this morning. After months of ignoring all the red flags, I quit lay ministry last week. There are personal, extenuating circumstances that have made leadership during this pandemic even harder. It was not an easy decision. I spent months praying about it, speaking to Godly advisors, pushing my way through yet another zoom meeting or conference call as I convinced myself that I can do this. But, in the end, I quit. I’m sad to step away. But I’m also at peace. For me, quitting is the right decision.

  26. Janet Sooklal on September 21, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for the friendly reminder about not quitting when you have a bad day….I so needed that word today.

  27. Howard Satterthwaite on September 21, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Super post – thank you.

    The fear (awesome delight in and) of God should fuel our hearts, alongside a trembling reverence for the preciousness of the church, His bride, seen in the shedding of divine blood – of which of course we are very much a part.

  28. Marco on September 21, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Thank you so much for your helpful content. You are helping us maneuver through these challenging times. You are appreciated.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:29 am

      So glad it’s helping Marco!

      • Andy on September 21, 2020 at 10:09 am

        This is incredibly encouraging and helpful. You have provided a message of hope. I have experienced many of the issues you have described in my 16 years of ministry. I will be sharing this encouragement with others. Thank you Carey.

  29. Debbie on September 21, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Thank you for the encouraging message! When it all gets to be too much for me, I start praying the names of the kids and students who are a part of our ministries. When I pray their names, I can envision their faces and it becomes about them – not about me and how I feel. I can beat myself up pretty bad, especially now.

    I also remember that when I see them or their parents out somewhere they tell me how much they miss being able to come to the church – we have made a place for them and I’m not ready to stop doing that.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:26 am

      I love that strategy. Thanks for sharing Debbie!

  30. Lynne M on September 21, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Thank you. My story is long but thank you for the timing.

  31. Alex on September 21, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Man this article saved me today! I consider myself a strong leader and a man of faith, but if I’m honest after finishing an awesome worship experience yesterday I literally said to my wife plainly… “I want to quit…” I don’t think I’ve ever just come right out and said that before. I told my wife that I knew I was in a bad way when I couldn’t get through worship without the thought of “why am I doing this.” I committed to just seek God for some answers and encouragement this morning and I got this email in the subject line “Why you shouldn’t quit ministry right now, even though you feel like it.” Thank you Carey for obeying God! If this article was for nobody else, it was for me this morning! I needed to be reminded that it was for a moment in history just like this where my leadership is needed. Many Blessings to you and your ministry!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Alex…thank you man. I have BEEN there. Hang in my friend. 🙂

  32. Eric Bucci on September 21, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for your timely articles and podcast. You really are monitoring the pulse of the times well. One major positive reality about 2020 and all the stress is that is is revealing hearts and is helping me find the right leaders with the right hearts.

    Thank you again for being a source of encouragement and practical godly information.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Eric. Glad we can do this together.

      • UdoJesus Evergreen on September 21, 2020 at 9:41 pm

        This is timely and greatly inspiring. I was down and out before this piece heat my most inner Man and woke me up. I’m grateful
        Favoured Evergreen

  33. Cheryl Cotton Smith on September 21, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Needed this this morning. Thanks for the encouragement. Going to create that “Encouragement” folder!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Cheryl see if you notice this. Filing things there itself is an encouragement. 🙂 Just knowing there are positives lifts my spirits, even if I don’t go back to reach each one.

      • Brock A Jackson on September 21, 2020 at 5:44 pm

        How about a website of collected “encouragement folder” stories. Like pinterest tiles or something and a “random” button would be cool

  34. V. Goins on September 21, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I have been wrestling with this every day for months. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Hope it helps V.!

  35. Darnell Cockam on September 21, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Suggest you talk about pandemics or plaques in the Bible and how that dealt with them in Gods way!
    Over 200 plaques or epidemics mentioned.
    Read about king urrizzah and how he could not worship in the temple when he had an infectious disease.
    Good guidance for our time!!!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:28 am

      The scripture is so realistically encouraging.

  36. Brenda Barnes on September 21, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Thanks. Great reminders. What encourages me is that one person I can see a difference in as I minister – that one person who God is transforming in the midst of all this challenge. I just have to be diligent is watching for it.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:28 am

      That’s such a great perspective Brenda!

  37. Jayneen Orwa on September 21, 2020 at 8:51 am

    This is just what I needed to read. Thank you for your timely, Spirit-filled words of encouragement.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Jayneen!

  38. Rick Theule on September 21, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Perfect timing. Even this morning I was thinking of walking away.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 21, 2020 at 8:41 am

      So glad this connected. Mondays can be especially discouraging.

      • Eron Perru on September 22, 2020 at 12:35 am

        Thqnks Carey for your encouragement. Just had some time off (first bit of annual leave in 13 months) and still feel tired. Your wise words are very encouraging even for a small church priest.

        Bless you brother.

    • Brian on September 21, 2020 at 8:44 am


      • Juliet on September 22, 2020 at 12:07 pm

        Thanks a lot for this. The truth is that I really want to quit. I lost my mom in this pandemic, I lost money, I lost church members, am getting to 40 yet not married. Most times I feel like am on the wrong path. People judge my ministry based on the lapses they see.

        Truth be told BRIAN, if I must continue, you guys have to help me talk to God to bless me with a good husband this year. The loneliness is much. Since I lost my mum 3 months ago, I have no body to talk to , plan with.

        I really needs God’s blessings this period because am losing it.

        • Sam on September 25, 2020 at 7:21 pm

          Praying for you Juliet as you are going through this difficult time in your life.
          May the resurrected power of Jesus minister to you and you will see a new season in your life.

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