Should a Pastor Leave One Church to Plant Another One?

Acts 29: Churches Planting Churches

As church planters, we should make it our prayer to be able to say with Paul, “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

We’ve all received this ministry from the Lord Jesus: to testify to the gospel of God’s grace. And sometimes testifying to God’s great gospel means leaving the church we planted, led, and poured ourselves into. Naturally, this can be painful, but it’s worth it for the sake of God’s glory among the lost. Seeing new churches established, and seeing existing churches revitalized, is a beautiful thing.

But how do we actually do this? And how do we know if it’s indeed right to leave one church in order to either plant another or lead an existing one? Today, I’m excited to have Harvey Turner with me on the podcast. Harvey has recently done this himself. He left the church he planted and led for about 20 years in order to lead Redeemer Burbank, and he did this in his 40s.

Listen to this episode of Churches Planting Churches.