The Last Two Weeks As A Pastor

The last two weeks are difficult.

What are we going to do next? What are we going to do with all the things we just did? What went well? What do we need to improve on? Where is God leading me next?

The last two weeks of the year make me feel (from a business/pastor point of view) a lot of pressure.  It feels like from now until Jan 1, I have to figure everything out, solve all the problems and start the next year perfectly on Jan 1.  All the leadership teams need to be neat and pretty.  New leaders in place. Old leaders retired (and honored properly).  The budget has to be scrutinized and 2012 needs to be financially planned out.  Did we celebrate enough?  Are we ready for the next big thing?  Are we praying enough? What sermons are the congregations needing to hear from the Bible?

Of course, I work on all these things in Nov and Dec, but it seems like it never gets worked out by now.  And then, there is pressure to wrap it all up like a present and have it ready when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31.  After all, it’s Sunday the next day.

To top it all off…I’m supposed to be ‘off’ these two weeks.  I’m supposed to be with my family and friends, reading books, playing games, sleeping in.  All the while, the church is looming.  Not looming in a bad, scary way; but looming in a very exciting way.  Almost like a mistress.  “Look how good I am going to be next year”.  “You need to come work with the next few weeks”.  “You need to fix those few things dangling out there, send those emails, make those charts, spend 3 days fasting and praying for the spiritual direction…”

It seems like the worst time for me to break from the work is when everything is going well.  I am addicted to the process because it is clicking along fine and rewarding at every turn.  However, when things are tough, I can’t seem to break away either.  Because ‘one more email’ might fix it all, ‘one more meeting’, ‘a little more hard work’ and everything will turn around.

At the END of creation, God looked back and said, “It is good”…and then He was out.

Rest.

Rest is one of the most important and productive things we can do to prepare for 2012.

Go. Do. Nothing.

It will all be there on Jan 1, and it won’t all have failed if you left it for a bit.  You will gain a whole lot of memories with your family, and you will restore a lot of needed physical and spiritual energy.

+robin

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About pastorrobin

Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at www.psmchurch.com

Posted on December 20, 2011, in Church Business, Daily Word and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Pray, rest, relax, enjoy family & friends; pray, rest, relax, enjoy family & friends……. 🙂

  2. Excellent blog, Robin. Well said…wise words. I had a thought on how you can rest and enjoy family over the next two weeks and yet bring a fresh word on Jan 1….the idea? Friends in ministry. I’m going to send you a sermon or two that I’ve done for the first Sunday of the year. Perhaps one will resonate with you and be just what your congregation needs to hear from you.

  3. A true test of a man’s stature is for him to be able to walk away from a challenge with oppritunity for victory or defeat and have faith that all will be as it should be due to the foundation that has been laid. I pray someday I have an inkling of your faith. Great post Pastor.

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