All pastors want longevity. No Pastor (at least I hope not) goes into a position wanting to leave soon. All pastors want to be in the ministry long term. I am right there with you, but I have learned in my short years of ministry that there are a few things that must happen before longevity happens.
- Separate your work and family– Leave the work at the office. Do not bring it home. If you go home, and are working while at home, this is a sign you are not going to make it. You need your family and your family needs you. Learn to separate the two the best you can or you will burn out.
- Take breaks and vacations– Do not abuse this idea, but it is necessary. It must happen for any leader if they want to experience longevity. Breaks and vacations are a time for you to unwind, to get refreshed, receive vision from God, and to come back energized.
- See the best in the people you lead– The more you do this, the more you will be happy where you are! Leaders and pastors need to improve in this area. Stop criticizing the one thing a person does bad, and start celebrating the many things that person does well. This will keep you energized about ministry and your people.