Pack Light, Pack Right 2

Part 2: The Pastor’s Soul

“For the soul to be well, it needs to be with God.”

– John Ortberg, Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping, by John Ortberg

Somewhere in the preparing and preaching, in the teaching and training, the visioning and visiting, counseling and caring for the local church is the soul of a pastor… and it needs keeping.

The second essential thing to pack light and pack right for pastors is a healthy soul. We want to help pastors focus on their own soul health, namely, their personal relationship with Jesus.

After all, without a healthy soul, grounded and growing in a purposed relationship with Jesus, pastors simply cannot be who and what they long to be in the home, the church or community. What was it Paul said?

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:27)

This is where our future Pioneer

Trail Teams will come in!

Be on the lookout for more information about small groups of pastors that will be forming in the months to come. Our first groups will be Pioneer Trail Teams who will help us blaze the trail of these cohorts of pastors, learning together more about what it means to encourage and hold one another accountable in the four essential areas of heart, soul, mind and strength!

Nobody “gets” the life of a pastor like a

pastor (and their spouses!).

Until then, join in our Peak Pastors Facebook Group page by pastors, for pastors! Invite others to join you and encourage, encourage, encourage.

If you haven’t already read Soul Keeping by John Ortberg, you simply must pick it up and put it in your daily carry pack! IT IS A MUST READ AND MUST APPLY. Check it out at http://www.johnortberg.com/book_type/books/ or on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Keeping-Caring-Most-Important/dp/1491521619

How do you care for your soul, pastor? Share your insights below or on our Peak Pastors Facebook Group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/peakpastors/?source_id=440477556480460

31 Tips for 2016 – #9

Unknown-1Here is Tip #9 for Ministry Leaders in 2016…

Stop comparing yourself to others. 

Observe others. Listen to others. Learn from others and even admire other leaders. However, stop short of leader envy, leaving yourself depressed and depleted of a sense of gratitude and vision for what is right in front of you… the people around you.

“If comparison is the thief of joy, then our culture is being robbed blind.” (Jon Foreman – Founder and Lead Vocalist, Switchfoot)

How can we keep from the trap of comparison? Here are 2 suggestions…

  1. Spend less time on social media. For the most part, social media is everyone’s “highlight real.” It’s a constant stream of everyone’s best moments and one-liners. We know this deep down. Yet, no matter our level of influence, we are prone to want to see what others are up to, comparing their level of “success” to our own. Stop it… or at least cut way down on it.
  2. Spend more time investing in real people in real time. Invest in the people around you, your spouse, kids, and lead team. In our globally connected world we can unwittingly spend too much time connecting on-line, tweeting, facebooking, periscoping, instagramming, you tubing, snap chatting, even that archaic medium of emailing.

You are more than your number of followers on any given platform. You are who God has said you are, where He has placed you, to make an investment in His kingdom through people here and now. Embrace this thought… You are an original and there is no comparison to others in God’s eyes.

PS – Don’t compare yourself to you (especially that “younger” you). We all go through seasons of more or less influence. However, we can’t live in a perpetual state of harvest. Embrace the weeding, watering and waiting seasons along the way. Besides, someone has rightly said, “The older we get, the better we were.”


31 Tips for 2016 – #8

Unknown-1Here is Tip #8 for Ministry Leaders in 2016…

Make more margin.

We live in a world and lead in a culture of “Max!” We idolize people who live at their limits and lead “on the edge.” The problem with this is found in the fact that far too many exceed their limits and go over the edge… and take others with them. Even those that manage to somehow keep it together are too often stressed out, burnt out, over-stimulated, over-medicated and generally unfulfilled. If this is living life to the “max…” I’ll pass.

“Margin is the space between your current pace and your limits.” 

Simply put, life is better with more room. “When margin decreases, stress levels increase, focus narrows, and relationships suffer.” So important to quality of life is this concept that God originally made it the “law of the land.” It’s called, the Sabbath (See Exodus 208 & Deuteronomy 5:15). He even modeled this from the beginning by creating the universe in 6 days and resting on the 7th. Hey, if it’s good enough for the God of the universe, it’s probably good enough for us.

Notice we said, “Make more margin?” This won’t just happen. Our good intentions just aren’t good enough. We will have to be intentional about life management when it comes to our time, our emotions, resources, finances, and more. This means saying “No,” and slowing down, living and leading by a measured example as we rediscover abundant life and the relationships vital to it by creating space and room to breathe.

Don’t live and lead “to the max!” Live and lead well… with margin.

Note: Quotes taken from a message series – Breathing Room by Andy Stanley and North Point Community Church.