Have you ever found yourself in a job, business, or ministry situation where you were not sure if you should stay or walk away? How do you discern what path you should take when God hasn’t clearly spoken to you?

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When you’re a multi-passionate leader, there’s almost inevitably going to be a time when you are going to start feeling restless in your life. It might be that you’re not satisfied with your job situation. Or you started a business and now you feel like you want to burn it all down. You might be serving in a ministry at church but you aren’t sure if you should continue in that role.

In this conversation, Holly and I are discussing this challenge and sharing some thoughts on how to work through this decision. This is not an episode where we are promising any clear cut answers, but we hope you’ll find the questions and ideas we share helpful as you decide whether to stay or walk away from a particular leadership role.

Note: this conversation is not referring to situations that are unhealthy, toxic, or that God has clearly spoken to you and let you know you should leave. We are referring to the times when we are simply restless and unsure if we should move on or remain.

How to decide whether you should stay or walk away:

  • Identify the actual issue. Ask yourself why you are feeling this way.
  • Determine if there is a sin issue going on. 
  • Are there other factors in your life that are affecting your feelings about this situation?
  • Consider whether fear is involved.
  • Seek wise counsel from other leaders or mentors.
  • Ask yourself if this is a season that you need to endure or stick it out.
  • Consider whether God is leading you to make a change.
  • Does what you are doing align with your purpose, passion, mission, vision, and values?
  • Ask yourself: “Who does God want to be for you in this situation?  What is the aspect of his character you can rely on right now?”
  • Trust your gut

If you decide to walk away, here’s some ideas on how to do so:

  • Don’t burn it all to the ground. Transition out of your previous role with as much grace as possible.
  • If it’s a business situation, change the front end (marketing) without necessarily quitting everything you’re doing on the back end (i.e. serving clients).
  • If it’s a job, don’t burn bridges.
  • It might be necessary to walk away entirely.
  • Set a deadline for getting done. Remember, ‘no’ is a complete sentence.

If you’re in a situation where you are trying to determine whether to stay or walk away, we hope these thoughts and questions will help you work through this decision.

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