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whether you are a ministry veteran or have just starting in ministry, this book is a must-have for your library. for a chance to win a free copy, comment after the post with a scripture or words of wisdom that have helped you through times in ministry when you were ready to quit.
let’s just all be honest, if you have been in ministry at least a year there have been those times you have uttered aloud or silently to yourself, “i quit.” the reasons for being done in ministry can be as varied as our personalities, but the truth is the enemy doesn’t want us in the game, especially if our ministries are effective. i will confess i have said these words many times and even joke that the kids never cause me to say them, but an adult or two might. 😉 this is just one reason i couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
another reason i was thrilled to get a copy of “don’t quit” is because i so admire the ministry and heart of gina mcclain. there is rarely a conversation i have left with her that i wasn’t awed by her leadership skills, her passion to push to the next level, and her ability to make me think much harder and longer than i would require myself to do. gina is a rare gem of incredible competency, but totally transparency in a ministry world that often just wants you to see successes instead of the true grit it takes to stay the course. i also love how honest jessica is as she shares failures from her in-the-trenches time in ministry. so if you are not perfect and want to be encouraged not to quit, get your hands on this book.
thirdly, i am all about practical. sure i love an inspiring resource to encourage and challenge me, but when the ministry rubber meets the road i need sensible options and ideas that have been found to work in a ministry setting. jessica and gina do a great job not only giving you the “what” of not quitting, but they give you the “how” as well. almost every chapter offers hands-on practices to allow you to put in place vital check-points and evaluations.
gina’s “know your influencers” graph had me literally picturing the faces of my investors and who fits where. jessica’s PROVE process will definitely be something that sees its way into ministry decisions and discussions. but the first piece of wisdom i will put into practice are the three questions gina shares that i will ask my supervisor in our next touch base.
- what are two critical outcomes you want to see from my ministry?
- what’s your expectation for when these outcomes will be met?
- what are the non-negotiables in our ministry in terms of programming, environments, and strategy?
there are some books i read and then place on a shelf and never refer to again. this is not one of these books. i see “don’t quit” not only bringing truth to my attention, but its practices entering team meetings for years to come. that’s the key, isn’t it? not quitting and being here, for many more years.
don’t forget to comment below for your chance to win a free copy of don’t quit. share a scripture of words of wisdom that help you stay in ministry in the difficult seasons.