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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. 
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2 Comments

  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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