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Finding The Courage To Leave Your Job For Ministry | ITC11

Finding The Courage To Leave Your Job For Ministry | ITC11

Welcome to Episode 11 of the In the City Podcast with Dr. Jonathan G. Smith. In this episode, Jonathan discusses how he found the courage to leave his career as a Pharmaceutical Representative to attend seminary full-time.

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This Episode’s Topic: Courage

To better understand why this topic matters, Jonathan draws from his background in making a tough transition from his corporate career to attending a theological seminary.
While the decision was not an easy one, Jonathan sheds light on the final straw that triggered the decision for him. Reflecting on his story, he gives the following three suggestions when contemplating a decision based upon God’s leading:

  • You have to decide to follow God’s leading out of a deep sense of calling.
  • You have to make the decision
  • You have to own your decision.

What You’ll Discover

  1. Reframing the temptation to stick out a job for more money
  2. Why the biggest challenges you will face will come once the decision is made
  3. Why personal transformation begins with the decision to act
  4. Fundamental principle: “God calls us to something and not just from something”

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What are some of the biggest considerations you are currently facing when deciding to follow God’s call on your life?  What kind of “golden handcuffs” is keeping you shackled to your present circumstances?

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.


  1. Daniel J. Sparks

    Listened to this episode today. It’s very inspiring to hear your story of leaving a successful and stable career to risk moving toward the vocation for which God has equipped you.

    • Dr. Jonathan G. Smith

      Thank you Daniel. May God bless you as you transition in your ministry assignment.


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