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“I wonder if pastors are getting burned out for the same reason as me?”
With that question on my mind for a few days, I decided to send a quick survey to the pastors on my email list. The results were just as I suspected and point to the real reason why I believe pastors are so worn out.
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I predicted that church health – not church growth – would be the primary concern of the 21st Century church. I believe that prediction is proving itself true.
Would you believe that you could easily double your community impact in the next five years without spending any extra ministry dollars? How about a ﬁve- or tenfold increase of impact? I think you can with nothing more than two days with your leadership team. Would you jump to make that kind of investment?
Imagine a life without hobbies. I can’t.
Hobbies are often thought of as activities for people who lead quiet, relaxed lives. However, people with full, busy, even stressful lives may need hobbies more than the average person, and benefit greatly from having hobbies in their lives. Hobbies bring many benefits that usually make them more than worth the time they require, according to stress management expert Elizabeth Scott.
The resurgence in commitment in many evangelical circles to expository preaching is a very encouraging sign as the contemporary church navigates so many shifting cultural trends with so many shifting stylistic trends of its own. As many younger churchmen have begun to look not at the latest preaching styles but at what evangelicalism’s elder statesmen have been doing for years — not to mention, as they’ve begun studying the homiletical practices of the gospel renewal movements throughout church history — we’ve fortunately seen a rise in expositional preaching. Many of us have maintained a commitment to this kind of explication even when our sermons happen to be topical!
I’m in the process now of writing my next two books, one that focuses on temptation and the other on biblical spiritual warfare (with my friend from Southern Seminary, Bill Cook). It seems to me, though, that I could write these books for pastors today: