August 10, 2023
Fall Kick-offs: What Pastors Need Now
Sunday is always coming. So how do church leaders stay healthy for the seasons to come?
Dear pastors, this blog post is dedicated to you as a source of encouragement, inspiration and affirmation as you continue through the summer months.
We understand the immense responsibility and weight you carry, the challenges you face, and the profound impact you make on the lives of others.
Staying Healthy for the Seasons to Come
Remember Your Calling More than your title, the size of your church, or the number of hours you work each week … you and your calling matter! Your commitment to serving others and spreading the love of God is an extraordinary gift. You're making a difference in countless lives, but it can take a toll. In those times when you begin to feel uncertain, and even rundown, take time to read the Bible, say a breath prayer, go for a walk, pray and do something that brings you closer to God. Use that moment to remember what God has called you to and that it matters in this world.
Embrace Self-Care We often hear from pastors that this is one of the most difficult things to do. While we realize that it can be easier to prioritize the needs of others above your own, it's crucial to remember that self-care is not selfish but necessary. You cannot pour from an empty cup. Take the time to rest, rejuvenate and engage in activities that bring you joy and renewal. Prioritizing your well-being enables you to serve with a full heart and a clear mind.
Celebrate Victories … Big and Small In the midst of the demands that surround you, it's essential to celebrate what’s happening in your church and in your life - no matter how big or small. Whether it's witnessing personal transformations, experiencing moments of deep connection, or seeing your congregation flourish, take joy in these milestones. Recognize the impact you're making and find gratitude in the progress, however incremental it may seem.
Seek Support You don't have to carry the weight of your pastoral responsibilities alone. Seek out a counselor with whom you can share your story and struggles. If you aren’t yet in a supportive community of fellow pastors, mentors or trusted friends who understand the unique journey you're on, try to find the time to connect with a few this summer. Surrounding yourself with individuals who can offer guidance, lend an empathetic ear, and remind you that you're not alone can do wonders for your soul.
Give Vulnerability a Try This one can often be the most difficult because we don’t want to present ourselves as weak or underqualified. You might feel the constant pressure to appear strong and unwavering, but it's in our vulnerability that we find connection and grow. Don’t be afraid to share your challenges, doubts and joys with others. By doing so, you create a safe space for authenticity and allow others to relate and grow alongside you.
You are making a profound impact in the lives of those you serve!
Your commitment, compassion and faithfulness inspire hope and transform communities. Embrace the journey, knowing that even in the midst of the trials, you are leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and souls of your congregation. We know that the church ramps up again and it’s back to the busyness once fall kicks into gear, so fully embrace any time to rest and recharge.
And speaking of fall kick-offs, you didn’t think we’d leave you without any tangible action steps, did you? Of course not! We have a Fall Kick-Off downloadable (that you can access below!) with fun and creative ideas your church can try this year. The hope is that this takes something else off of you and your staff’s plate and helps get you ahead so you don’t feel rushed coming back into the fall months.
Thank you for your unwavering dedication and for answering the call to lead. You are truly making a difference in the world, one life at a time.