Pastors need to re-create


Pastors need to re-create


With studies such as the Duke Divinity School’s “Clergy Health Initiative” and The New York Times article “Taking a break from the Lord’s work” it is apparent that clergy burnout is on the rise.

Pastors are often expected to be available 24/7. In addition to preparing weekly sermons and leading worship, they perform a myriad of duties that chip away at their time and personal lives.

Something is lost in the daily grind and needs to be replenished. People need to be re-created periodically, replenished, built back up after a time of hard work.

Some suggestions

Here are ways to help you re-create:

- Participate in physical activity and recreation. Activity can also foster social opportunities and contribute to mental health by reducing stress, combating depression and building emotional well-being.

- Keep a regular schedule. Go to bed on time and get up on time to start the day rested and unrushed.

- Relax. Bodies aren’t made to go non-stop. We need sleep to regenerate, but we also need to consciously stop and sometimes just sit. Calm your mind.

- Say “No” occasionally. This is especially important for projects that really won’t fit into your schedule or that will compromise your mental or physical health.

- Delegate tasks to capable others.

- Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

- Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation forget it.

- Having problems? Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait to worry about issues until it’s time to go to bed.

- Remember that less can be more. Although one is often not enough, and two are often too many.

- Allow extra time to do things and go places.

- Laugh and laugh some more.

- Take your work seriously but yourself not at all.

- Give thanks. Every night before going to bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for in the past.

- Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

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