Recharge with a Tech Free Day – Part 1 of 3

Face it, some of us pastors have a phone addiction. Notifications and never-ending emails keep us checking in constantly. Social media demands attention and disrupts our focus. The mere ability to be connected 24/7 creates the expectation to always be accessible.

While mobile technology can be very useful as a daily tool to get things done in our ministry, overuse can negatively affect our health, our relationships and our spiritual life.

Staring at a phone all day and night can lead to eye strain, back problems, tension headaches and, worst of all, adversely impact our sleep cycles thanks to that glowing light emitted from the screen. Researchers from Kansas State University have found that unplugging after work, like not checking email after hours, helps people feel more recharged the following day.

It’s time to take control of the technology in your life. I challenge you to schedule a Tech Free Day. This is a day where you literally unplug from all digital connections. Think of it as a tech fast.

Tune in next week for the second of this three part series and I’ll share with you ideas for things you can do during your Tech Free Day.

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 80 church growth resources and 15+ 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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