#5 – I didn’t take enough time off
I took 2 days off in the first 6 months of our church plant: Christmas day and New Year’s day. The only reason I did was because everything was closed. While I had outide employment until the 7th month of our church, every moment I wasn’t "bringing home the bacon" was spent doing church related things. I kept that pace for about 3 years until I hit a wall. I wasn’t sure if I could continue in ministry because I was so tired and fried. At that moment I realized a change needed to take place. So I have started to take breaks at regular intervals and it has helped greatly. I wish I could say that I have mastered this, but I’m working hard to rest more. I’ve realized that a tired pastor is of no use to anyone. But when I get away, I am filled with energy and ideas and can’t wait to get back. Plus, it keeps the focus that I’m in this for the long haul. This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.