Don't Quit in the Dip

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By Shaun Nepstad

Foreword by John C. Maxwell

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Heal from yesterday’s pain and find hope for tomorrow with this inspirational guide — and learn how God’s faithfulness is working for your good, even when times are tough.

If we are truly blessed to be a blessing, then we can take the lessons we learn in hardships and turn them around to help others navigate through their seasons of struggle. Hope and healing are the two words God has given us. Hope for tomorrow and healing from yesterday. Shaun Nepstad believes God wants to use our stories to bring hope and healing to others.

When it comes to life, we’ve all asked, “Is there more?” We want to believe there’s more to life than what we’re currently experiencing. But the problem is, so much in life promises more but doesn’t deliver. There’s actually only One who can deliver the “more” we need, and that is Jesus. He delivers more than what we ask for or can even imagine. Consistently. Without fail. No matter what our situation looks like. Don’t Quit in the Dip inspires us to keep fighting. To keep believing. And to keep helping us experience God’s full blessing.

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ONE




Chapter 1

MOVE, COUNTERMOVE

You. Can’t. Quit. There is a story told of a chess champion who is on vacation. Also an art connoisseur, he finds himself wandering through the hallways of a prestigious art gallery. One masterpiece stops him in his tracks and captures his full attention. It’s a painting of a chess game. But this is no ordinary chess game. On one side of the board sits the devil, leaning back in his chair with a fiendish grin, confidently tapping his fingers on the table. On the other side sits a young man in utter terror, clenching his teeth, wringing his hands, sweat dripping from his brow. The painting is titled Checkmate. It appears that the young man’s soul is dependent on the outcome of the game—and he’s about to lose.

The chess champion is so taken with this painting that he cannot look away. As his eyes scour the chessboard, his mind begins calculating. When a gallery custodian happens by, the chess champion asks, “Excuse me, sir. You wouldn’t happen to have an old chessboard lying around, would you?” The custodian says, “I think I might. Let me check in our break room.” He quickly returns and gives the board to the chess champion, who sets it up to match what he sees in the painting. He looks down at the board and back up at the picture repeatedly until every piece is exactly in its place.

After studying the board and the painting for several moments, he steps back and crosses his arms, and a smile creeps across his face. He lifts his voice in the quiet hallways of this seemingly abandoned art gallery and says, “Young man in the painting, I sure wish you could hear me right now, because I’ve got some good news. The devil only thinks he has won, but I’ve been studying the board, and there is a move he has missed! If you could see what I see, the whole nature of this game would change. Not only would this move save you from defeat, but it would also help you win the entire game!”

This legend, first told in the 1800s and brought to life for me by Tony Evans, is one of my favorites. Maybe it’s because I can relate to the young man in the painting, knowing I have given my best attempt at the chess game of life but still have felt cornered. Checkmated. I’ve had unfulfilled dreams that looked like they would never come true. Slumped back in my chair and ready to give up, I have wished a chess champion would shout out the move that would turn things around.

This slumped-down place in life is what I call “the dip.”

THE DIP

When you’re in the dip, you can see where you want to be, but no matter how hard you try, it seems you can’t get there. You begin to lose hope and doubt you’ll ever reach it. The dip is where your dream is just out of reach and you feel stuck. We all have a dream, but there is always a dip before you get there. Sadly, most people give up in the dip. But successful people don’t quit in the dip and they’re the ones who see their dream fulfilled. We’ve all been in a dip at one point or another. Maybe you’re there now.

None of us have the perfectly filtered life we present on social media, right? Every person, even the ones who seem to have everything together, has at least one area in life that isn’t what they want it to be. So we sink back in the chair, staring at our life chessboard, and believe our situation is hopeless and give up.

The dip can be your health. You want to get in shape, attempting every diet fad and workout routine, but nothing is working. The scale ain’t moving. When it comes to losing weight and stepping on the scale, there’s no such thing as “too naked.” You’re taking out your contacts from your eyes, exhaling every ounce of air from your lungs, and stretching your arms high to try to defy gravity. Every little bit counts. Or so we think. So discouragement sets in, along with the desire to eat your emotions.

Maybe it’s your career. You know there’s more in you to express, but there seems to be some invisible ceiling keeping you from reaching your potential or landing that dream job. If only someone would just give you a chance. So you lower your expectations and trade in your hi-def dream for a low-res version of reality.

What about your marriage? You’re giving your all, but things are not getting better and you’re even contemplating divorce. If marriage is such a sacred relationship, why isn’t God swooping in to save the day?

It could be that you’re single and looking for a spouse but you just can’t find Mr. or Mrs. Right and you’re tempted to settle for Mr. or Mrs. Right Now instead.

The dip is also where you might stand, wondering, If God has a wonderful plan for my life, why is He so slow to reveal it? Does He even see me here in this place? It feels like you have one piece of a ten-thousand-piece puzzle and don’t know where to begin.

It’s where anxiety and depression have crept in over the years. You thought you could conquer them alone, but now things are getting worse.

It’s trying and trying to get pregnant, but all signs point to it never becoming a reality.

It’s where throwing in the towel seems reasonable, and feels like your only option. You feel outsmarted by the enemy. Checkmated.

Do I have your attention?

The young man in that painting is facing the biggest challenge we all face when we are in the dip: the urge to give up. He’s stressed, he’s filled with doubt, and he simply cannot see how any outcome will be anything other than a clear defeat. He has lost faith and is about to quit in the dip. And just like him, many of us want to give up when we can’t see any hope for a positive outcome. But let me encourage you.

When we are ready to quit in the dip, we have a God who is just getting started! God doesn’t see as we see! He says, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8–9 NLT).

Just as that chess champion saw a winning move that the young man couldn’t see, God sees what we don’t see in our lives. We see impossible, but He sees possibility. We see financial ruin, but He sees a path to blessing. We see the diagnosis, but He sees the way to healing. God sees the end from the beginning when all we see is our past and our present.

We see a dip, but He sees another opportunity to show up and work through us and show us just how amazing He really is.

Throughout this book, I’m praying we all begin to see from God’s perspective—even when we feel like the young man in the painting, backed into a corner, out of moves, with no place to go. The devil thinks he has won, but with God it’s not over.

MOVE, COUNTERMOVE

From the beginning of time, we can see many instances when Satan has kicked back in his seat, full of confidence, thinking he has just thwarted God’s plans. Checkmate! he thinks… until God turns the tables on him with a completely unexpected move. Let me explain.

God created angels. The angel Lucifer rebelled against God, wanting to share in God’s glory himself, so he convinced one-third of the angels to join him in his rebellion. Lucifer, or Satan, thought this was a checkmate. But God banned Lucifer and his angelic insurgents from the wonder of heaven to roam about in spiritual desolation.

Then God decided to create man. This being was created in His own image and likeness. Satan did not approve. This led to angelic conflict, and a cosmic chess game began to unfold. The devil made his move on the cosmic chessboard, and convinced man to rebel against God. Checkmate for mankind. Or was it? As we watch the biblical timeline of mankind unfold, what we see is a back-and-forth battle. Just when it seems Satan has cornered mankind into an impossible situation, God sees higher and responds with one more move! After the fall of man, God made His countermove: He slew an animal to provide a redemptive covering for Adam and Eve so that the possibility for salvation now entered human history. Move, countermove.

So then it was Satan’s turn, and he persuaded Cain to kill Abel, trying to eliminate the godly line so that God’s prophecy to provide a Savior for mankind (Genesis 3:15) could never come true. But God had a countermove. He allowed Eve to give birth to a son named Seth, and the Bible says that people began to again call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26).

Satan then responded by getting the entire known world to rebel against God through the influence of his demons. All of humanity was so corrupt that God deeply grieved His creation. However, even with 99 percent of humanity in a cavernous dip, God moved and found one man who feared and believed in the One True God: Noah. He instructed him, “I want you to build a boat on dry ground during the day. And print up some gospel pamphlets with a three-word sermon that says, ‘IT’S GONNA RAIN!’ and pass those out in the evening.” God would then judge the world, save this one family. Move, countermove.

Satan made his next move by finding a man named Nimrod, who built two civilizations—Assyria and Babylon. By bringing the two together, he would create a civilization independent of God, centralized around building a religious tower, otherwise known as the religion of man. Otherwise known as humanism. But God moved and confused all their languages so they couldn’t communicate freely anymore.

God went even further on the offensive. He came to a city named Ur and found a man named Abram, and changed his name to Abraham, and rolled out His plan to build His own nation, through Abraham, that would obey. That’s when Satan responded by getting Abraham’s descendants stuck down in Egypt, held captive in slavery to a man named Pharaoh. God responded by going down to a city named Midian and called a man named Moses. He commanded him, “Go and set my people free.”

In their escape, Satan trapped Israel between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. But of course, God then opened up the Red Sea, and a million and a half of God’s people walked across on dry ground.

In fact, the entire Old Testament is move, countermove. Move, countermove. God moved and Satan responded. Then God conquered Satan’s move. However, by the end of the Old Testament, from a human perspective, it looked as though we had a tie. There was no clear winner. Just a humongous dip. In fact, between the last page of the Old Testament and the first page of the New Testament, there were four hundred silent years where there was no Word from God to His people.

When the New Testament begins, it was evidently God’s turn to move on the board because it says, “So and so gave birth to so and so, who gave birth to so and so, who gave birth to Joseph, who was married to Mary, to whom was born Jesus Christ.”

It’s very important for us to see that up until this time of the genealogies listed in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, God always found a human and used a human. Even when they were in a dip! That’s so encouraging. But this time, at the moment of Jesus’ birth, God’s strategy shifted. He said, “It’s time. I’m tired of all this mess. Let me come on down here and handle this punk myself!”

And God entered human history in the person of Jesus Christ.

Satan was not having it. He felt he must rid the universe of the Messiah, once and for all. He thought that his genius plan was working when Jesus was illegally tried and nailed to a cross. It was there that Jesus would hang and there Jesus would die. I’m sure at that moment the devil folded his arms, and with a confident smile thought to himself, Checkmate!

But that’s when the most surprising move occurred. Early Sunday morning, just a little before sunrise, Mary Magdalene came running to the tomb and found the tomb was empty! She discovered an angel sitting on top of the tomb with a sign that read, #HeAintHere! Jesus Christ had risen from the dead, and that was the final move!

NOT CHECKMATED

I would have loved to see the look on the devil’s face that day as he tried to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Standing there defeated in bewilderment and frustration. Thinking to himself, I don’t get it. I don’t understand. Jesus, You were dead. To which Jesus responded in His best Adele voice, “Hello from the other siiiiiide!” No. Actually, He said, “I am the living one. I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!” (Revelation 1:18 NLT). Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave and now offers forgiveness, hope, healing, and eternal life for every person who places faith in Him! That’s for everybody who surrenders his or her life to Jesus. Even those who are stuck in the dip. Even me. Even you.

For so many of us, this is what has been going on in our lives. It’s been move, countermove. Move, countermove. For some of you, the devil has backed you all the way into a corner, threatening “Checkmate.” He has harassed you with move after move after move. None of your countermoves have been successful, and you are tempted to quit. I want to encourage you, though, to not believe Satan’s “checkmate” lie. Don’t sit there and believe it’s over! It ain’t over till God says it’s over. And last time I checked, God’s Word still says that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6)! God doesn’t see as we see, and He’s encouraging us all not to quit in the dip!

That’s what this book is about. I want you to know that you are not the only one. Every person on this planet is either in a dip, has just come out of a dip, or is about to go into a dip! It’s simply part of the human experience. Just like you, I know what it’s like to have a dream that seems unachievable, and I know what it’s like to feel stuck to the point where you start believing you will never reach that dream. But I didn’t quit. And through it all, God has given me some powerful truths, which I will share to help you reach a place of victory.

Keep reading. Get your highlighter out and keep it out, because in these next chapters I want to help you identify your dip. You’ll learn that the dip does not have to be your final destination. There are lessons we can learn in the dip, which can teach us how to climb out of the dip to see our dreams become reality. I know things might not look good now, but hold on! There’s still another move left on the board that will not only deliver you from defeat but will also give you the ultimate victory.

No matter how many moves and countermoves you have experienced, God has the final move. And if you will journey with me through these pages, you will learn that not only is God for you, but also He has gone before you and ordered your steps through the dip to a wide-open space of victory. So no matter where you find yourself right now, and regardless of how deep the dip seems to be, look back at the board. There’s a move you haven’t seen yet, but God sees it. And He wants you to win. So… DON’T QUIT IN THE DIP!




Chapter 2

TIME’S UP?

When I was in seventh grade, basketball was my sport. As the point guard, I brought the ball down the court. In one particular game, we were down by two points against our archrivals. You know how bloodthirsty middle school basketball can get. As my teammate inbounded the ball to me, my heart beat out of my chest with the insurmountable pressure. Don’t mess this up, Shaun, I said to myself. You got this.

As I started dribbling the ball down the court, getting ready to call out the next play to our team, the crowd screamed, “Three!”

Wait, I thought. There are only three seconds left?!

“Two!” they shouted.

I’ve got to take this shot for the win, but I’m so far away.

“One!”

I gathered my inner Michael Jordan and launched a full-court shot from the opponent’s free-throw line. The ball arced up to its peak and then began its descent. The crowd gasped. There was potential to this shot! Remember, this was for the game-winning points. The ball came down, hit the backboard with a thud, and bounced to the other team.

I heard laughter coming from the stands, and I couldn’t figure out why. That was an incredibly hard shot! Especially for a scrawny twelve-year-old. But as they mocked even more, they pointed at the scoreboard and time clock. To my humiliation, there were three and a half minutes still on the clock! They had tricked me! I felt like the biggest moron. The opposing fans had duped me into believing there was no more time left on the clock, and it got me to make a bad decision. I’m still in therapy to this day.

The devil loves lying to you and trying to make you believe there is no more time on the clock. To get you frazzled. To get you to make a rash decision. To get you to believe that it’s over. But it’s not over yet. Don’t quit in the dip, and don’t get distracted. There is still more time on the clock. If there is breath in your body, God is not finished with you yet. Yes, there are more mountaintops and challenges ahead of you, but most of all, there is more inside of you. There is still time on the clock, and you and I must not give up. We need to keep playing until the buzzer goes off.

“What’s the buzzer?” you ask. I’m glad you brought that up. God’s buzzer is found in 1 Thessalonians: “The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God” (4:16 NLT). So until we hear that buzzer, it’s still game on! In other words, we keep going until Jesus returns.

I’ve heard it said, “We are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from a place of victory.” This concept inspires me and reminds me that the book of Romans tells us that through our union with Christ, He has made us more than conquerors. Jesus has already defeated the entirety of Satan’s kingdom; all we have to do is walk out that victory in our lives, through Him. Having said that, many of God’s finest men and women throughout the ages have known what it feels like to be so tired of it all. You and I aren’t the only ones who have felt pressed against the clock, wanting to quit in the dip. But like those who have gone before us, we need to put our faith in Jesus. Each time that we do, He will show up and build our faith to believe Him for more. If you are living in a dip right now, then you are in really good company. I know exactly what that feels like.

WHEN THE DIP KEEPS GETTING DEEPER

My wife, Dianna, and I started our church when I was twenty-four years old. You have to be half-crazy to start a church at twenty-four. Well, our city was in luck because I’m three-quarters crazy, on my daddy’s side. I’m actually a fifth-generation pastor on both sides of my family. It’s like the Mafia. And to prove my crazy, at the same time, Dianna and I had four girls under the age of two. You read that right. A two-year-old. A one-year-old. And newborn twins! Obviously the Nepstads are great planners. Ha! Have you ever seen a double stroller? We had three in a triple stroller and one on a leash. Don’t judge. You do what you have to do to get by as a young parent. I was a diaper-changing machine, changing sixteen diapers a day!

We began the church with twenty-two people, and on launch weekend we had a hundred and five. God gave us a dream to reach thousands of people, and I thought in six months there wouldn’t be a building big enough to house us. Well, that didn’t happen. Reality was, we definitely had some challenges and started to feel stuck in the dip.

When we launched, the only place we could find was a cafetorium. That means we had an elementary school cafeteria with a stage. When we rolled in to set up every Sunday, it smelled like tater tots, gym socks, and that nasty box of lost-and-found clothes. Welcome to church, people!

We didn’t have enough adult-sized chairs, so I headed to our local hardware store and found those white picnic chairs that you can stack up to a thousand. They had a three-dollar option and a one-dollar option. Which one do you think I went with? Yeah, I took the chair for a buck. Why would I pay two dollars more for the same chair? I bought a hundred of them. In our cafetorium, we set up the white plastic chairs in the center section and then positioned rows on the sides of our other hard, metal chairs. Our church had options.

This fiscally brilliant choice of the one-dollar chairs was working out great… until a solidly built man visited one Sunday and decided to sit in the middle section. Now, sitting in one of these white chairs was not an issue. The problem occurred when he decided to get comfortable and lean back while I was preaching. Now, these chairs are not built for that. They’re built for four on the floor. Those two back legs were straining to hold his weight and they finally gave up the ghost—right in the middle of my sermon. The chair collapsed, and so did he. Crash! His arms went flailing as gravity won yet again. They don’t teach you how to respond to this type of situation in Bible college. Not wanting to embarrass him by drawing attention, but also not wanting to ignore him, I paused and asked, “Are you okay, brother? You… you good?” I was mortified. He never came back. I know what you are thinking: You should have gone with the three-dollar chairs! You’re in good company. Dianna thought the same thing.

The dip got worse. Three months into the church, we got kicked out of the school because they needed a month to redo the flooring. We frantically searched for another school, but after we’d settled into school number two, the city made a new law. Any church renting inside a school could only be in that school for one year, and then they had to move. That’s Cali for you. So now we’re playing musical churches! We’d meet here for one year, then move. Meet over there for a while, then move. Just when we’d hit momentum, it would be time to relocate. That’s not a strategy you’re going to find in a book on church growth. It was like our dip kept getting deeper.

Our prayers were finally answered when we were able to graduate from the elementary school cafetoriums to a high school theater. We were so excited! But this only proved to be worse. Yes, we had a theater, but we were not allowed any classroom space near it. The kids’ classes were on the other side of this enormous campus, so by the time parents checked their children in to the classes and walked back, church would be half over. To make matters even worse, for some reason the facility’s heater was always on—even in the middle of summer! I don’t think you heard me correctly. I didn’t say the air conditioner was broken. I said the heater was on, pumping hot air… in the summertime… in California. It was like hot breath on the back of your neck. When it was 100 degrees outside, it felt like 189 degrees inside. God bless our greeters. They would still try to serve with a good attitude. Sweating profusely. Putting deodorant on their foreheads. Greeting people at the front door with a weary half-smile.

And you should’ve seen the people coming into church. They’d walk in and walk right back out. One lady said, “I love Jesus, but this feels like hell.” As a church planter, all I could do was scream, “Nooooo! Don’t go! We’ll give you a bottle of water.”

The dip was turning into a chasm. On top of our location debacles, I went into the hospital because of severe stomach pains. I don’t mean just a regular stomachache. Since the age of thirteen, I had dealt with unbearable stomach pain that would come out of nowhere. By this time, the episodes had become more frequent and more intense, to the point where I would be doubled over on the floor for six hours, writhing in pain. Nothing gave relief. One day our drummer had to physically pick me up and carry me to the car and race me to the emergency room. It got so bad that I was in and out of the hospital and losing blood.

Finally, they kept me for three weeks. I was not allowed to eat or drink anything, not even ice chips. Test after test. They put me on some medication that made me hallucinate. I dropped down to 125 pounds, and I was losing my mind. Again, this type of situation was not addressed in Bible school.

People were asking, “What’s happening?”

And I would answer, “I don’t know.”

“What should we do at the church?”

“I don’t know.”

“Who’s speaking this Sunday?”

“I don’t know!”

I didn’t know anything. The church, my family, all of us were scared, and it felt like the dip had morphed into a bottomless pit. I felt like time on the clock was ticking frantically to the buzzer, and the stress of not having done what I felt God wanted us to do was overwhelming me.

The doctor diagnosed me as having ulcerative colitis. It’s brought on by stress and worry. The pain was excruciating. I spoke with a mother who also suffered from this condition, and she said it was worse than childbirth. So I did what any loving husband would do: I threw that in my wife’s face. I told her, “Don’t you talk to me about pain. You don’t even know…”

On a serious note, I felt I was losing my mind, the church, the dream, my sanity. Every day, I’d cry out to God. Just when I was about to quit in that dip, God healed me, and I haven’t had a pain in sixteen years! He was right there with me the entire time, teaching me, strengthening me, and walking me through it. In fact, while I was in that hospital room, God took me deeper with Him and spoke some things to my heart, and I wouldn’t trade that season for anything. Maybe the dip you’re in concerns your physical health. I’m praying over you that Jesus will bring healing to your mind and your body. God is the great physician, and He hasn’t closed up shop.

After weeks, I was able to return to work, but our church was not completely out of the dip. Another frustration arose when our congregation grew to three hundred pretty fast but then just stopped growing. Plateaued. Stuck. No growth for seven long years. That’s 364 Sundays; 364 sermons; 364 load-ins and load-outs. We were trying everything. I thought all you had to do to grow a church was preach really hard and have good music. That might work for some people, but that was not working for us. Three hundred is a great number, but we had a dream to reach so many more people. And by the way, the wrong question to ask is, “Isn’t the church big enough?” The right question is “Who’s still missing?” Every number represents a soul. God is passionate to leave the ninety-nine to go after the one who is lost. We wanted to build a church around the final words of Jesus, to reach the world. The reason we struggled with the three hundred was because of the stagnancy. Seven years is a long time to feel like there is no growth. We were stuck in the dip.

Genre:

  • I didn't even realize how much I needed this book. Within just the first few pages I found myself nodding, highlighting, and telling all my friends about it. Shaun understands how incredibly hard it is to believe there's more for you when nothing seems to be working. He will help you see that the dip isn't the end. It's actually the place where incredible momentum begins.—Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • God has a way of bringing good things out of every situation. If you feel like you've made a wrong turn or you're stuck in a difficult season, "Don't Quit in the Dip" will give you the encouragement and the tools to climb out. Shaun's humor and unique insight makes this book fun to read, all the while challenging you to higher ground.—Craig Groeschel, Pastor of Life.Church and New York Times Best Selling Author
  • More than ever God needs His Church to press in and move forward into a destiny that is above and beyond...to take back what the enemy has stolen. This doesn't happen when you sit in the dip. You were never created to live there! Don't Quit in The Dip is the resource that will help you to step out of the "dips" in your life and move into the fullness of the champion God has called you to be!—Christine Caine, Activist, International Speaker and Bestselling Author of Undaunted, Unexpected, and more.
  • Shaun brings a powerful mixture of encouragement, inspiration, and practical tools to help you lower the volume on the nagging voice that is telling you to fold. Don't Quit in the Dip will help you hold on through hardship and hold out for victory.—Levi Lusko, Pastor, Fresh Life Church and Bestselling Author of I Declare War and Swipe Right.
  • If you're determined to reach your highest potential, then quitting should never be an option. In Don't Quit in the Dip, my friend, Shaun Nepstad, reminds us all that even in life's lows, we can find the purpose and strength to keep moving forward—John Bevere, Minister, Co-founder of Messenger International and Bestselling author of Honor?s Reward and many more.
  • In this amazing work, my friend Shaun Nepstad teaches the necessity of a life skill that is extremely important but often overlooked. The skill I'm referring to is resilience. This book, Don't Quit in the Dip, is an amazing example of the power of perseverance and a blueprint to do more than endure hard times, but to also overcome them.—Dr. Dharius Daniels, author, relational intelligence, lead pastor of Change Church.
  • Founded on the truth of God's Word and forged through his own setbacks, this book is more than a spiritual pep talk to keep going-it's an indispensable guide to why and how we persevere as we walk by faith.—Chris Hodges, Senior Pastor, Church of the Highlands, Bestsellling Author of The Daniel Dilemma and What?s Next?
  • Over the years, I've talked to literally thousands of pastors and other church leaders who feel at least frustrated, and many are genuinely discouraged and are thinking about quitting. They need more than simple answers to the complex challenges they face. They need understanding, a large dose of hope, and a clear path forward out of the "miry clay" of despair. In Don't Quit in the Dip, Shaun Nepstad provides exactly these necessary resources. I recommend this book to those who are struggling, and I also recommend it to those who aren't, because sooner or later, all of us will find ourselves in the dip.—Tommy Barnett, Co-Pastor of Dream City Church and Chancellor of Southeastern University.
  • Shaun's message of confident hope in a dark time is timely and full of wisdom, a fresh voice of understanding and courage that we all need. Right now.—Rick Bezet, author and Lead Pastor of New Life Church of Arkansas
  • Pastor Shaun Nepstad carries a contagious joy and inspiring faith for people around the world. This important message, Don't Quit in the Dip, is the common denominator for effective leadership, sustainable success, and living a significant life. Internalize this truth and your world will expand.—Dominic Russo, founder of Missions.Me and 1Nation1Day
  • If you feel like you're stuck, overwhelmed, or simply believe that you have missed out on all that your life could be this book is for you! Shaun does a brilliant job building the case that if you still have breath in your lungs and blood in your veins then it's not over and your situation is not final.—Jedidiah Thurner, executive director for Missions.Me / 1Nation1Day
  • Shaun has become one of my greatest friends and personal heroes. He truly exemplifies what perseverance is all about. He's been through it... walked through some tough valleys. But instead of giving up, he's stuck it out and experienced the breakthrough God has for him on the other side of "the dip". No one better to speak this message than him. Everyone needs to read this one.—Dino Rizzo, author of Servolution, speaker, Associate Pastor at Church of the Highlands.

On Sale
Aug 22, 2023
Page Count
224 pages
Publisher
Worthy Books
ISBN-13
9781546015376

Shaun Nepstad

About the Author

Shaun Nepstad and his wife, Dianna, founded Fellowship Church in Antioch, California, in 2002. Over the past nine years, the church has grown from 350 to over 5,000 in weekly attendance and expanded to two campuses, and it was recognized by Outreach magazine as #25 on its 2018 list of 100 Fastest Growing Churches. He and his wife, along with their four daughters, live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

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