6 Methods to Forestall Christmas Ministry Fatigue
Query: What do ministry leaders at Christmas time and the prophet Elijah usually have in frequent?
Reply: Ministry fatigue.
December is touted as a time of consolation and pleasure…except you’re a pastor or ministry chief. Then it’s a time of over-stuffed schedules, seasonal pressures, and a way of by no means fairly being caught up.
Will the Christmas program please everybody?
Are the youngsters being showcased sufficient for folks and grandparents to in all their Christmas finery?
Will the gospel message contact the hearts of CEO (Christmas and Easter Solely) attendees?
Will I do sufficient to fulfill everybody’s expectations for an ideal Christmas season?
Let’s face it. Christmas has been romanticized right into a celebration of epic expectations. Thank Clement C. Moore’s poem and Hallmark’s motion pictures for making the Savior’s birthday an extravaganza for Christians and secularists alike.
And ministry leaders are caught between a rock and a tough place. Don’t meet the expectations and disappoint households who will depart in quest of the subsequent spectacular celebration. Or meet the expectations and set the bar even greater for subsequent Christmas.
It’s no marvel many pastors and ministry leaders are tempted to reply to the month of December by echoing the prophet Jonah’s request: “Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live” (Jonah Four:Three, NIV).
In fact, that’s an excessive response. So earlier than you get to that time, let’s take into account a number of methods to take pleasure in the fantastic thing about the Christmas season and forestall ministry fatigue.
1. Take Care of Your self
Sounds egocentric, doesn’t it? It’s not. Taking good care of your self is biblical. We are able to’t serve God’s folks if our power is depleted. Consuming proper and getting sufficient sleep aren’t luxuries. Contemplate the instance of Elijah. Discouraged, fearful, and fatigued, he responded very similar to Jonah: “‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life’” (1 Kings 19:Four). Then he slept and ate, and slept and ate once more. He wanted energy for the duty at hand. So can we.
2. Set Wholesome Boundaries
As ministry leaders, now we have a accountability for the folks God has given to us to serve. However we even have a accountability to our households. Once we persistently give to our ministry on the expense of our household, we’re out of steadiness (Ephesians 5:25).
Three. Keep a Excessive View of God
Our western tradition has accomplished an intensive job of decreasing God to the function of a cosmic Santa Claus. Many individuals—even Christians—need to depart their “list” with God and get up on Christmas morning with all their needs fulfilled. However we do God’s folks a disservice once we fail to uphold a excessive view of God. Meaning instructing all of God’s attributes, not simply those that give of us a heat, fuzzy feeling. God is certainly loving, compassionate, and forgiving. However he’s additionally holy, righteous and sovereign. Santa can’t start to match!
Four. Take Accountability for Solely What God Holds You Accountable For
R. C. Sproul as soon as stated, “God has entrusted the ministry of the word to us, not its results.” It’s our job to rightly deal with God’s phrase and minister to his folks. Fruitful responses flowing from modified hearts are the accountability of the Lord of the Harvest.
5. Prolong Consolation as You Have Been Comforted
Hurting folks damage much more when everybody round them seems to have it collectively. There’s one thing concerning the Christmas season that exacerbates our ache as we watch different folks with their obvious Hallmark completely happy endings. Typically the ache rests just under the floor, barely contained and simply woke up. With a view to minister to God’s folks at this festive season, we have to first deal with our personal hurts. As God touches us along with his therapeutic and luxury, we are able to then consolation others with the consolation now we have acquired (2 Corinthians 1:Three-Four).
6. Take Time to Benefit from the Fantastic thing about the Season for Your self!
Spend an hour driving round to see the lights. Attend a Christmas live performance supplied by a ministry apart from your personal. Higher but, watch a kids’s Christmas manufacturing and savor the harmless reward supplied to the Savior.
The Christmas season doesn’t must devour us with stress and fatigue. By being intentional, we are able to be certain that the enjoyment of the season infuses us with pleasure, too!
Ava Pennington teaches a Bible Research Fellowship class. She can also be the writer of Day by day Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, revealed by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur.
Publication date: December 11, 2014