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“How I Almost Quit” by John Piper

The following is a brief introduction by John Piper to a very honest journal entry. As a pastor I appreciate his sound advice and example as a reference point and encouragement for navigating my own questions and inner conflicts. Here is the link to the rest of the story: How I Almost Quit. I hope it encourages others not to give up too quickly during uncertain seasons of ministry.

Are you so discouraged you don’t know what to do next? I want to help you get through this. Maybe this will help. The following quote is from my journal dated November 6, 1986. I had been at Bethlehem 6 years. If you have ever felt like this, remember this is 24 years ago and I am still here. The point is: Beware of giving up too soon. Our emotions are not reliable guides.

Brent Prentice

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  • But they sure make quitting look good.

  • Brent

    Emotions or people? Or emotions from our interaction with people?

  • Good question. Emotions are strange animals, and so are people. I believe our emotions are often deceptive, but sometimes I wonder if people, on the other hand, give us correct clues as to whether we should quit. Communication education tells us that 80% of what we say as pastors has nothing to do with what we actually say. It has more to do with how the congregation perceives our credibility. And therefore if they don’t perceive us as credible leaders (even if it is by no fault of our own), resulting in them ignoring everything we say (even if it is biblical), then should we continue trying to lead?

  • Scott W Hamilton

    According to Jesus – Leadership in the Kingdom is servanthood. Keep serving ’em. II Timothy 2:24-26.

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