For Weary Pastors
If you pastor a church, most weeks are a mix of exhilaration and exhaustion. I want to offer some words for those who are busy in the work of the church.
Patience. You are dealing with people, including yourself. We change relatively slowly. You are in it for the long haul. Act like it. Lead like you are going to be here for good instead of always having a “quick getaway” in the back of your mind.
Celebrate. As leaders, we are always looking for the next thing to do, get done, and lead others to do. You must make yourself celebrate everything you can. In fact, you need to celebrate longer than you normally think is necessary.
Keep working on relationships. They are the real fuel for progress. When you grow tired of ramping up programs and events, spend more time with people. When you are not tired of ramping up programs and events, this is when you really need to spend more time with people.
More Bible and prayer. Oddly, pastors are sometimes terribly neglectful of personal devotional time. Do not look at the whole of your life as your devotional life before the Lord. A phrase I learned from Henry Blackaby was to spend “unhurried time with the Lord.”
Take a day off… really. You need the break. The church, the office, and the world will keep spinning on its axis even if you are not around. We teach the practice and principle of the Sabbath constantly. It is time to practice it as well.