Episode 22: How to Sustain and Thrive in Ministry over the Long Haul

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Learn tools and ideas to develop a rhythm and rule of life for your ministry.

In Episode 22 of the New Churches Q&A Podcast, we discuss rhythms of rest, scheduling your time, and the importance of finishing well. Here is Josh Holowell’s question,

How do I begin to develop rhythms of rest that will help us sustain and thrive in ministry over the long haul?

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Advice to help you sustain and thrive in ministry
  • The block system for scheduling your week
  • The difference between the squash you eat and the squash you play
  • How to develop a rule of life, and the different categories to incorporate in your rule of life
  • Three typical types of problems in a church
  • How to schedule out the hours of your week as a full-time or bivocational pastor

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurchesQA):

  • “Prioritize your day, your week, your month, and your year.”
  • “Failing to plan, is planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “The categories for my rule of life are: seeking God, prayer, work, study, spiritual community, care of my body, reaching out , hospitality, and maintaining my rule.”
  • “A rule of life will provide you with a framework to help you plan and move forward in developing yourself.”
  • “The bigger your church gets, the more responsibilities you’ll develop.” 
  • “Anything in your life that you can systematize and put a process to, do it.”
  • “If you do not kill and crush the simple and the complicated, then you will not have time for the complex.”
  • “Spend time with the leaders and the lost.”

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