Making it in ministry isn’t as easy as some might think. After all, it’s not like you’re a superhero. With every unsuccessful outcome, dropped ball, or negative interaction, you hear the same question in your mind, “Am I still ‘called’ to be doing what I’m doing?” But don’t hang up your cape just yet. The best journey is one where you have the confidence of calling and an intentional strategy that gives you practical hope through the difficult times.

Staying with it takes tenacity, vision, purpose, and a plan to make every day and every person count. In this book, Gina McClain and Jessica Bealer draw on their own extended experiences in some of the nation’s most well-known family ministries to encourage every leader to stay superhero strong.

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“‘Don’t quit’… it’s the sentiment every ministry leader needs to be frequently reminded of. There’s no question that the demands of ministry leadership stretch us in unexpected ways. In their fantastic book, Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain tackle the tough realities of ministry with personal stories and practical insight. Their humor and honesty will inspire you and their ideas and specific actions will help you not only survive but thrive in ministry for the long haul!”

Jenni Catron, Founder of The 4Sight Group and author of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership

“Every ministry leader walks into a job with expectations, but some people are smart enough to recognize those expectations and convert them into fuel for the long haul… This book is a resource that I wish I had when I first got into ministry, but I have been deeply encouraged by it after 22 years of ministry.”

Kevin Monahan, nextgen pastor, 12Stone Church



Jessica Bealer has been leading children’s ministry for 17 years, the last five of which she spent overseeing standards, systems, staffing, and atmosphere for the children’s ministry of Elevation Church. She has managed the launch of nearly 20 locations and is considered a specialist in kidmin multi-site. She and her husband, Frank, have four children.

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Gina McClain has led children’s ministry for 17 years, including 10 years at Life.Church in Oklahoma City, and 8 years at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Currently she serves as the nextgen pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She and her husband, Kyle, have three children.

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