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Pastors: 5 Ways You Can Protect Your Personal Pursuit of Jesus

February 27, 2012

You chose ministry because of your love for God. Now a few years have gone by and it’s another Monday morning. How do you protect your personal pursuit of Jesus regardless of what’s going on in your ministry?

  1. Separate your relationship with Jesus from your ministry. Make your private discipline for you not a message. Remember Jesus’ love for you has NOTHING to do with your ministry results.
  2. Get away and worship at other churches. At your church you’re “on” answering questions, solving problems, critiquing the service, supporting others, etc. When you visit other churches for worship – don’t evaluate – just worship Jesus.
  3. Take a personal Sabbath. You are just as valuable to God when you are doing nothing as when you produce. God loves you when you are resting in Him on the Sabbath.
  4. Establish a rhythm that works for you and your family. God creates everything for rhythm (Sun, moon, ocean, calendar, etc.). Discover when you can take a Sabbath every seven days. Rick Warren said he would “divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually”. Unplug by stopping, resting, and delighting (Going outside, reading, hanging out with other people, etc.), and contemplating (worship). This is a day to refresh and fill back up. When you’re finding a healthy rhythm you’re a better person to be around! Slow down. It takes awhile to slow down your spirit.
  5. Practice the presence of people. Take the time to speak positively into the lives of others. Express gratitude of others regularly. A heart of gratitude prevents negative thinking. People aren’t an interruption to your ministry – they are your ministry. (Eliminating the distraction of technology may be helpful.)

For more information check out Replenish Ministries lead by Lance Witt, former exec.pastor at Saddleback Church. Replenish focuses on helping ministers “live and lead from a healthy soul”.


From → Leadership, Ministry

  1. i just read lance’s book called replenish – it has some great thoughts. Thanks for this insightful reminder.

    • Thank you Lori! God is using you and Daniel to refresh so many ministries across the world through Catalyst International and the Breathe Conference. So grateful you guys value the healthy soul of the minister!

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