After some 27 years as a senior pastor, at age 58, I have taken on what I hope will be my fourth and final church. By the grace of God, I’ve made it this far and with His help I plan to finish strong.
Based on experience, accumulated wisdom and the Spirit’s guidance, here are 10 practices I will give special attention to as I head into the home stretch.
1. Shed Saul’s armor (1 Samuel 17:39). Rather than fretting over another church’s success and trying to emulate someone else’s style, I’m going to try harder to be what God called and equipped me to be.
2. Build margin into my schedule (Psalms 46:10). As a younger minister, I felt validated by staying as busy as possible. In the years that remain, I’m going to maintain as much “white space” as possible, ready and anticipating needed refueling time and spontaneous ministry opportunities.
3. Keep in shape (1 Corinthians 6:19). I used to run — now I walk. And I plan to continue to do so as much as my body and time will allow. This is not only good for physical conditioning, but mental health as well. I might even kill three birds with one stone by listening to books, sermons and music on my phone as I walk.
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Your partner in ministry,
P.S. – For more information on navigating the difficult path of ministry, click here for my resource Finishing Well.
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