“Never quit.” That’s what I was taught. After all, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”
Bad advice and clearly not true! Quitting is often the most strategic thing you can do.
We’ve all seen two-sport athletes quit one sport to focus on the one most likely to supply success. We’ve seen people end one career to pursue a new one and experience exponential success.
There are times we need to work harder. And there are times we need to quit.
2011 has been a roller-coaster experience as I shared yesterday. The toughest decision was ending a ministry. In hindsight, it was the best decision for me and others.
Six months later I’ve discovered three benefits to quitting:
1) Reallocate time, money, and energy
As long as a ministry is alive time, money, and energy will be spent on it. Kingdom resources are always limited. When a ministry isn’t productive it’s very existence is preventing resources from going to other productive ministries. Not ending unproductive ministries results in hindering productive ministries.
When we ended SAC, we donated the remaining $40K to some incredible local ministries and donated some of our equipment to a brand new church plant. I am convinced the resources are being better utilized. When we closed the church, our monthly giving was at $12K. As people began joining other churches, that money was distributed to others churches that are clearly expanding the Kingdom.
2) Rediscover the spirit of adventure
God plants within all of us a spirit of adventure. A lack of productivity over time squashes our spirit of adventure. God called us to “Go into the world and make disciples.” Adventure! When a ministry isn’t making disciples, we lose our God-given spirit of adventure.
I can not tell you how critical I believe this is. I’ve experienced ministry on both sides of this and I prefer the adventure!
3) Free others to pursue their spirit of adventure
Ending something creates a worry that others will be impacted in a negative way. I was genuinely worried about our staff members when we closed the church. They are some of the most genuine servants I’ve ever known. They all understood the decision to close but each of them preferred continuing the church.
Six months later our worship leader has recently accepted the same position with a growing church that suits his family perfectly. He recently told me, “As much as I loved SAC, this is the opportunity I have spent years praying for.” Our Children’s Directors, who have lived in San Angelo their entire lives, are moving to Georgia to accept the same position with a new, flourishing church. Their excited and so am I!
They all have been freed to pursue their God-given adventure! So grateful for this.
Quitting isn’t always bad. Sometimes it’s the most God-honoring thing you can do.
So examine the ministries in your church. Examine your own life. What should you quit to free you and others to pursue God’s adventure?