The Importance of Sleep

Pastors should view sleep differently than the average person. For us, sleep is not the end of today; it is vital preparation for what God has in store for us tomorrow.

Here are five diagnostic questions to ask yourself:

1.  How much sleep do I need? The average ideal goal is seven to eight hours each night. You need to find the optimum number for you.

2.  Am I waking up without an alarm? Go to bed 15 minutes earlier each month until you reach this goal.

3.  Am I able to go to sleep within 30 minutes of lying down? Write down your worries and give them to God instead of bringing them into your bed.

4.  Am I waking rested and pain-free? If you’re not feeling pain-free, you need to look at your sleep position, the right pillows and even investing in a better mattress!

5.  Am I dozing during the day? This may be an indication of a more serious problem, like sleep apnea, so be sure to talk to your doctor.

Sometimes the best thing you can do to accomplish more is to rest. On occasion, we all need what I call “The Big Sleep”. Go to bed and sleep for a full 12 hours. You can’t do this nightly, but two or three times a year this can be a powerful tool for you.

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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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