He found himself alone in his study with what some would call a very hot young lady. She came to her pastor to inform him of some inappropriate behavior she had experienced from someone else. The room became hot as she described her concern. Something wasn’t right. She shifted the conversation, “Pastor, you’ve never responded this way to me (pause)? Don’t you find me attractive (pause)? Don’t you want me (pause)?
With much resolve he replied, “Yes I find you attractive and if I did what I wanted to I would give you exactly what you want. However, when I consider what that would do to this church, to my parents, to my children, my wife, and to my God I can’t bear to consider the consequences. Now get out of my office and don’t come back.
Let’s face it we are all one decision from stupid! Nurturing vitality is key to not only finishing well, but running well also. To many leaders are falling short and falling out simply because they invest all of their energy into ministry and fail to take care of themselves. This tendency to neglect oneself ends up in fatigue, depression, stress, and anxiety. This often leads to inappropriate relationships, pornography, and addiction.
Nurture vitality is one of our six leadership Best Practices. We are observing and learning that those who have the best quality life and the greatest impact begin by paying close attention and spending lots of time nurturing their own vitality. It is our desire at churchplanters.com to give church planters and pastors of new churches perspective and permission to back off the throttle and enjoy the adventure of greater ministry impact. Nurturing your own spiritual vitality is your first and most important responsibility. You can’t lead others until you lead yourself.
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