Managing Stress Monday: Taking Care of the Other Part of Us

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

It’s safe to say that, as a culture, we are obsessed with our physical bodies. We spend billions of dollars on beauty aids, books on health and fitness, and nutritional supplements. We spend countless amounts on exercise equipment and gym memberships. We act committed, as a society, to taking care of our physical bodies.

But as pastors, we are different. We have a completely different set of priorities, a higher focus. We are concerned with our own spiritual lives and the spiritual lives of those around us. We understand that our earthly bodies are temporary, that no matter how much care we take of our physical bodies, they will one day die. Meanwhile, our spirits live forever. As pastors, our calling is to nurture that eternal, spiritual part of our congregation.

We completely agree that our focus needs to be on growing and feeding our spiritual lives. But we also know how important it is to take care of our bodies. In fact, we don’t think it’s an either/or proposition, where we must choose between our bodies and our spirits, as though we can nurture only one or the other. We firmly believe that you can – you should – nurture both your spirit and your body, along with your mind as well. In fact, we believe it’s a sin to solely focus on one aspect of ourselves to the neglect of the others.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from p. 86-87 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

Pastors Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman share their secrets to effective stress management with practical steps and insights that you can start implementing immediately! God wants you to be a fruitful, faithful minister of the gospel. He wants you, as a Renegade Pastor, to rise above average as you pursue God’s best for you, your family, and your ministry.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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