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!

Click here to secure your brand new resource “Stress Management Seminar” for 79% off!

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,


P.S. After Monday, October 13th, this BRAND NEW resource The Stress Management Seminar will be listed in the store for $299.95. But today you can save over 79%: You will get these 10 best practices for Managing the Stress of Ministry – plus over $218.00 in bonus resources – for just $99.00!

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Click here to join me in taking control of your ministry stress TODAY and take immediate steps to start managing it effectively (plus save 79%!)

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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