I serve on staff where our lead pastor has been on staff for over 30 years and our other pastors have all served over 7 years. As I listen to their stories and begin to have stories of my own, I am finding the longer you serve at one place the more joy and the more sorrow you experience.
Joy – when two of the ministries you lead were taught on Sunday by young men who came through your ministries.
Sorrow – when you watch people whose lives you have invested in make decisions that break your heart and the heart of God.
Here is what I am finding: It is worth it to stay at one place for a long time because of the joy AND the sorrow. At times it is not easy but it is worth it. I have seen the sorrows turn into joy when God radically changes someone’s life.
So if you are thinking about leaving a church or ministry, STAY!
Endure the sorrow for the joy.
Follow His example – Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross (sorrow). – Hebrews 12:2