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Pastor's Health

A Pastor’s Call To Rest

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It almost seems ridiculous to mention that a Pastor needs to take time off, but my personal experience tells me otherwise.  I was leading a small congregation of 30 – 35 people with a limited budget.  With God’s help, I was doing the best I could with what I had.  I would preach numerous weeks in a row; feeling the pressure to keep the church’s cost down.  The grind of five years of bi-vocational ministry had taken its toll; the adrenaline that I used to feel from certain events was used up.  I could not dig any deeper, because honestly I had reached the bottom of the barrel.  I ended up taking some time off due to getting sick and in turn infected.

 

I knew what had caused it. . . a demanding schedule with a desire to make a difference.  There is a common occurrence in pastors throughout the US and the world.  I think one thing that would have made a huge difference would be to take more time off.

 

I have made a few recent post in an effort to encourage pastors:

I wanted to conclude this by encouraging pastors to take some time off.  If you are reading this as a pastor and have not taken a break in the last 12 months of at least a week (missing at least one Sunday); then why not schedule a break within the next 3 months.  If you are reading this as a member of a congregation, encourage your pastor to take a break.  Why not give a vacation to him / her for their anniversary, birthday or Pastor’s Appreciation.  If the church cannot send the pastor on a trip, give him / her some spending money.  This would be a blessing more than you can imagine.  They are unlikely to request the break, but they could use it.

 

I was able to take a couple of days off (I should have taken more) at a home in North Carolina outside of Edenton.  It was quiet and peaceful and overlooked the Chowan River (more than a mile wide).  This home is provided by the Barnabas21 Ministry, see wallacephillips.com for more info.  If you can, take more than a few days, unwind and relax in historic Edenton.

 

Recently, Christianity Today put together a list of places with free or discounted vacations for pastors.  Here is a list put together by Ed Stetzer of Free or Discounted Getaways for Pastors.  I encourage you to check this out as well.  At the end of the article there is a list of different locations in each state.

 

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “A Pastor’s Call To Rest

  1. I agree wholeheartedly – this is what our ministry is all about http://www.barnabashouseok.com

    Pastors NEED rest!

    Posted by barnabashouseok | May 9, 2014, 5:34 pm
  2. Reblogged this on Blue Chip Pastor and commented:
    good stuff here, and I’ve stayed at the Barnabas House for a weekend. It’s nice! 🙂 But its true, Pastors need to be sure they are getting adequate rest.

    Posted by Brian Fulthorp | May 31, 2014, 7:19 am
  3. Thanks for the comments, yes, Pastors need rest too!

    Posted by cak777 | June 10, 2014, 9:11 pm

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