In my previous post, I cited the times in which it is ideal for us to be in a full sprint in our ministry efforts. It is clear that we can’t keep that pace all the time so it is also necessary to know when we should stop running and rest.
KNOWING WHEN TO REST
As a leader, you should never be afraid to take your foot off the gas. You can’t run your life and ministry in redline mode forever. Something or someone (likely you) will eventually shut down. Be in control of you own engine and follow the lead of your leader, Jesus. Steal away. Find solitude. Rest. Withdrawing from the crowd can be godly behaviour.
As a leader, you should never be afraid to take your foot off the gas. You can’t run your life and ministry in redline mode forever. Something or someone (likely you) will eventually shut down. Click To Tweet
Here are 3 keys to identifying a time to rest:
1) Rest when everyone else is resting.
If you are a preaching/teaching pastor you know that there will be Sundays when the weather is nice and you will preach to a few more empty seats than usual. Most of us can look at our calendars and know when those seasons of lower attendance will be. Plan your teaching calendar accordingly.
I typically spend 16-20 hours of my work week in study and sermon preparation. But I don’t do that every week. That’s a run. Those predictively low Sundays are logical dates for me to schedule an apprenticing leader to speak. Sometimes I will even use video teaching from another church.
I know what you are thinking. “My people would have a cow if I played a video sermon!”
Maybe. Maybe not. A lot of them won’t even be in attendance on the Sunday you do it. And if you pick someone who is a better preacher than you, the ones who are there might even find it refreshing.
I am not too proud to have Andy Stanley or Craig Groeschel make an appearance at my church.
I use the occasional video teaching to introduce my church family to someone whose preaching I benefit from or to another pastor in our fellowship of churches. Many people have told me that they will pursue more teaching from those pastors after they have watched the video. That’s a win! They are getting more Bible teaching between Sundays!