I think this list can apply to all of us!
I have been in ministry for twenty plus years (yikes!), either serving on staff or as a senior pastor, and I will admit that through this journey, I have blown it many times. However, I am thrilled that God has given me grace over the years. One of my main struggles has been to manage myself and to avoid burnout. Boy, have I learned! That said, I thought that I would put together a top ten list of things a pastor should and could do to stay healthy and effective, listed in no particular order. I hope it helps:
- Pray fervently– never underestimate the need to pray and the power of prayer.
- Read God’s Word devotionally– don’t just read for studying purposes, read to take in the Word of God to speak to your heart.
- Take one or two days off a week, and be sure to take vacations. And don’t apologize…
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