My Battle With Stress (and How I Manage It)

At age 13, I heard the word “stress” for the very first time.

I had sold my first computer program and was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs in the nation. But with success in the computer business came new challenges like writing a monthly column for a magazine and giving speeches for the first time.

My mom had me see a medical doctor who, believe it or not, prescribed “Stress Tabs” for me!

I immediately thought, even at 13, there has to be a better way to manage stress. 

Fast forward to answering the call to ministry and starting The Journey Church. At the time I thought, “Hey, maybe ministry might be easier than the computer business.”

Well, you know how wrong that assumption was!

I don’t know if this coincided with the fact that I was turning 30 or if it coincided with the fact that I was starting a church, but for the first time these issues of stress were no longer things I could hide. They were having a visible, and I literally do mean visible, toll on my body.

The church was growing – and so was I. Eating to manage stress, I gained an average of 7 lbs a year for every year I was pastoring.

As you can imagine, this was a very non-productive stress management technique.

The negative effects of stress – physically, emotionally and mentally – can be damaging to anyone. But for pastors, it also affects our impact on the Kingdom in a profound way.

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble,” and pastors are on the front lines. This ongoing stress can be a discouraging reality – IF you don’t have a way to manage it.

If left unchecked, stress can impede your life and ministry and derail your health, relationships and emotional well-being.

As you can see, I’ve been on this journey of stress management for over 30 years. I’ve experienced the stresses of ministry first-hand – and I want to help you take control TODAY through 10 best practices that I use in my daily ministry.

Stress-Management-CLI-web-icon1I invite you to discover these secrets of stress management in my brand new three-hour resource – The Stress Management Seminar: 10 Best Practices for Managing the Stress of Ministry. I’m excited to share with you practical steps and insights that you can start implementing immediately!

No matter what your current stress level is at, you’ll have the tools you need to manage it effectively and have a greater impact on the Kingdom work you are called to do!

In this brand new resource, you will discover:

  • Why you DON’T work best under pressure!
  • How to know the difference between good and bad stress
  • How to channel good stress into your growth as a leader
  • The 3 most important time management tips to reduce stress
  • Scriptural references to help you manage stress
  • How to handle conflict and “live in peace with others”
  • And much more!

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There is no such thing as a stress-free ministry, but you can be free from the distress zone that derails that ministry!

By implementing these 10 best practices for stress management, you can exponentially maximize your impact and be better positioned to fulfill the calling that God has placed on your life.

Your partner in 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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