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One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made as a pastor is violating some biblical and natural rhythms. As a leader I must learn the importance of rest and relaxation. I’ve hit-it-hard these past few years at the Vista and I’m to the point of mental exhaustion. (along with Jeff)

When you’re tired you:

  • Can’t focus on God.
  • Treat people poorly. 
  • Lose sight of the vision. 
  • Focus & productivity become complex, therefore proper work does not get done. 
  • Eat poorly and stop exercising.
As church leaders we deal with a different emotional bucket then most. We carry the burden of the church and the people and the gospel. It’s not that we work harder-our work is with people and people are complicated and messy and needy. 
So If I church planted again….I would rest more by:
  • Shutting-off the cell phone.
  • Taking a sabbath weekly
  • Taking one long vacation a year and 2-3 mini getaways. 
  • Not checking work email all the time. 
  • Have key friends who are not apart of the church plant. 
  • Find a spiritual mentor/director/counselor. I need to unload my junk at times. 
  • Delegate as much as possible to people who are loyal and faithful. 
Our goal is to finish the race strong. So rest up and enjoy life. 


  1. Chris,

    The ultimate church planter expressed similar thoughts to yours about the special burden of church leadership in 2 Corinthians 11:28-29

  2. Amen!

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