3 Reasons Monday Is a Good Day for Pastors to Take Off

This really is just a matter of personal preference. There is no right or wrong day for a pastor to take off. However, these are some of the benefits I have found with Mondays being my day off.

1- It allows time to recuperate from Sunday.

Sundays are wonderful, but long and draining days. The mental and emotional toll of preaching multiple times, spontaneous counseling sessions, and other meetings all make this the most tiring day of the week. By doing nothing church-related on Mondays, I have the needed time to recuperate before diving in to a new week.

2- It lines up with many school holidays.

Many of the holidays that schools acknowledge are celebrated on Mondays. Presidents Day, MLK Day, and Labor Day, are examples of this. By taking Mondays off I am able to spend these days with my kids without having to take an additional day off work.

3- It gives time to process ‘Sunday’ before making adjustments.

A lot takes place on Sundays, both positive and negative. In one day a pastor will receive praise and criticism. On one Sunday there will be things for which the pastor is excited, and other things about which he will be discouraged. Things will take place that need to be built upon, and things will happen that need to be changed. On any given Sunday attendance may be way up or it may be way down.

Immediate reaction to any of these realities is unwise. There needs to be time to process all that has taken place. I have found that by taking Mondays off and not addressing anything until Tuesday, I have the time to process everything accurately, see it for what it really is, and then make a level-headed determination about what needs to happen.

Again, this is just a matter of personal preference, but I have found these three things to be real benefits. Are there other benefits to taking a different day off? Sure. Are the negatives to taking Mondays off? Absolutely. You know yourself. Determine what will work best for you and your family and then be intentional about protecting that day off.

 

6 Ways Pastors Can Keep Learning and Growing

How can pastors who are immersed in the busy life of pastoral ministry continue to learn and grow? It’s important. In fact, it’s vital – not just to you, but also to your ministry. Here are six ways you can continue to learn and grow in the midst of hectic pastoral ministry.

1- Read

I know this is a simple concept, but reading provides many benefits. Reading allows you to learn from people you have never met, but respect. It allows you to benefit from the study, research, and knowledge of others. Reading challenges your thinking and provides ideas and concepts with which you must wrestle.

With the number of books being published (both in print and for e-readers) there really is no excuse not to be reading something.

2- Listen to Podcasts

There is an amazing amount of learning that can take place by listening to podcasts. Because of this technology, your drive to the office or to a hospital now is a time of learning and growing. Here are a few podcasts to which I regularly listen.

(Comment below with podcasts you have found helpful)

3- Take a Class

I’m not necessarily talking about pursuing a degree, but if there is a class being offered that you think would benefit your ministry, your personal growth, or your ability to lead others, do it.

4- Fellowship with Others Pastors

I always learn and grow when I am around other pastors. They have used resources I have not yet heard of. They have tried things I have been thinking about trying. They have experienced challenges that are new to me. Conversations around these topics help me learn and grow in my ability to lead my church.

5- Attend Conferences

There are more conferences offered now than at any time in the past. There are conferences focused on the gospel, missions, evangelism, leadership, music, and culture. There are other conferences with the aim of encouraging and refreshing pastors. Whatever the need, there is a conference that can help.

6- Commit to Teach an Unfamiliar Topic

There is nothing that will motivate you to study a new topic like knowing you are going to have to teach others about that topic. Is there a book of the Bible with which you are unfamiliar? Commit to preach or teach through it. Is there is topic that is unfamiliar to you? Announce to your church that you will be teaching a series on that topic. It forces you to study and that study fuels learning and growth.

Commit to continue learning and growing. Not only will it benefit you, it will also benefit the people in the ministry you lead.

5 Specific Things Pastors Should Pray For Their Church

Most pastors I know spend time in prayer each week specifically for their churches. While the list of items for which a pastor should pray is seemingly endless, there are some things that should specifically be part of a pastor’s prayers. Here are five of them:

1- Ongoing Unity

A lack of unity will destroy a church. It will cripple the church’s witness, harm the Christian’s testimony, and divide the congregation. On the other hand, unity can propel a ministry forward. Unity can multiply ministry effectiveness, create joy, and further the church’s testimony in the community.Without unity a church has no real future. With unity a church has limitless possibilities.

Pray that God would help this unity be a reality.

2- That Equipping Would Take Place

According to Ephesians 4:12, a primary responsibility of pastors is the equipping of the saints. However, it is easy for pastors to get so busy doing ministry that they fail to do the work of equipping. When this happens the overall long-term effectiveness of the church is hindered.If equipping does not take place, the church’s growth and effectiveness will be limited.

Pray that God would help your leadership focus on the ministry of equipping.

3- Kingdom Impact

The goal should be to grow God’s kingdom, not ours. Yet, it is so easy to slip into the mindset that says ‘since my church is growing, we are making a kingdom impact.’ That is not always the case. It is possible to have a growing church with many activities, but not truly be focused on building God’s kingdom.Without actively pursuing kingdom impact we run the risk of being busy but not truly effective.

Pray that kingdom impact would be a focus and goal for all in your church.

4- Partnerships

In order to have a greater kingdom impact, we must be committed to developing ministry partnerships. In Philippians 1, Paul says that the church at Philippi partnered with him for the sake of the gospel. This partnership, he said, created joy. We need to work with other churches, ministries, and pastors for the sake of kingdom growth.

Pray that God would bring liked-minded ministries across your path and that your church would partner with them for the sake of gospel advancement.

5- Loyalty to Truth

I’m not talking about just having an accurate doctrinal statement on your church’s website. I’m talking about having a commitment to Truth that permeates everything you do. This mentality should drive decision-making, ministry direction, and stances on morality. Loyalty to Truth leads a church to focus on God’s Word. They want to know it, understand it apply it, and share it with others.

Pray that your church would continually focus on God’s Truth.

There are certainly many more things about which pastors should pray, but these are five things that should always be a focus in our prayers for our churches.