Sometimes, as busy pastors and leaders we think, “I’ve got so much to do I just can’t take a Sabbath.” NO, that’s very wrong thinking. You’ll kill yourself. For years I’ve had a plan for taking my Sabbath. Sometimes I found that I wasn’t able to take a whole day off all at once, in one nice neat package, so then I’d take snip-its of Sabbaths. I’d take an afternoon here and a morning somewhere else, but basically one day out of seven I’d desist—it might be an afternoon here and a morning there, but it would total one day a week. Then I’d also take off every seventh weekend. I’d be out of the pulpit.
People will take everything you have, all the time you’ve got, and all the energy you can spare if you will let them. It will leave you burnt out and you’ll start to hide. Your favorite Scripture becomes: “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Ps. 55:6)
But that is not because people are greedy nor are they problematic…
“Do lightning bolts report to you?” …
I love the language that God uses as He joins Job and his friends in conversation. We are reminded of God’s vast omnipotence, measuring movement in units of the speed of light rather than in miles per hour. He holds Orion to its laser-light show and He can count clouds when we can hardly count days. Like supervising minimum wage employees, He tells seasons when to punch in and when to end their shift. We can’t even tell if it’s going to rain next week.
In my last post, I pointed out that asking how many hours a staff member should work is asking the wrong question.
– and worse, it’s a question with two different right answers. I then proceeded to look at the question of how many hours from a leader’s perspective. In this post we’ll look at it from a staff member’s perspective. From a leader’s perspective, the question of how many hours a staff member spends on the job or in the office is irrelevant (assuming of course their job is not to answer phones or be constantly available in a support role).
“What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.” (Gal. 4:1).
Until the child had matured, he would not be able to receive the inheritance left by His wealthy father. He was too young when his father left, so he was put under the tutelage of another. Laws of conduct and rules of living were taught in order to train the youngster up in the way that he should go. And when he accrued the inheritance, he would steward the vast fortune well and not squander it.
The following is a guest post from Pastor Wayne’s good friend, Larry Osborne.
I’m often asked by other pastors and leaders about the best way to go about making major organizational and ministry changes.
My answer often surprises them. I usually tell them to, “Slow down.” It’s not what they expect from someone with a reputation as an innovator. Now let me be clear. I don’t tell them to stop. No way. But I often tell them to slow down. And here’s why.
We’re excited to announce new developments for the Mentoring Leaders network.
Since 2011, we’ve brought you insight from Pastor Wayne Codeiro’s storehouse of gems for established and developing leaders alike. Beginning this month,we will be increasing and expanding these resources to better serve you.
Here’s what we’d like to bring you Monday – Thursday each week:
You communicate in three ways: through your words, your gestures, and through your spirit. Which do you think is most important? I bet you guessed it. Not through our words, but the spirit with which we speak those words. That is what gives our words meaning, depth, credence. But our spirit can flag. We become fatigued with the daily-ness of leading, and we end up still doing the deeds but they Read More
Jesus must have gotten exasperated with these guys (in Mark 8). He seems so compassionate with some and with others, He is astute. It was something about their attitudes. It’s what they brought with them. They possessed a false confidence that caused them to be stricken with pride. Jesus walked away from these people. He got in a boat and crossed to the other side.