6 Keys to Staying off the Emotional Roller Coaster of Ministry

Ministry is an emotional roller coaster. Much of leadership is for that matter.

One day you’re on top of the world,. The next day you want to bury yourself in a deep cave.

You probably think only the way to get off the emotional roller coaster of ministry is to quit. To leave it for a more normal life.

It’s not.

In fact, I don’t recommend it.

You don’t have to abandon your calling, even though we live in an age where many do. It’s so tragic, because there is a way to survive, and even thrive.

Believe it or not, there is a way to stay in ministry and not engage all of the emotional twists and turns that leave so many leaders wrung out.

In a previous post (What Everybody Ought to Know About Emotions and Ministry), I outlined the reasons why ministry is so emotional for so many.

Knowing the reason why ministry is emotional is half the battle, but here’s the other half is about practices you follow to stay healthy.

 

 

6 Keys to Staying off the Emotional Roller Coaster of Ministry

So  what are those practices? What should you do to stay emotionally balanced and healthy?

Here are six that helped me:

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5 Reasons People Have Stopped Attending Your Church (Especially Millennials)

Ever wonder why generating momentum in the local church seems harder than ever for most leaders?

You’re not alone; the conversation about momentum and shifting attendance trends is happening at every level of church, including some of the largest and fastest growing churches in North America.

Everyone is feeling at least two realities:

First, even people who attend church have stopped attending as frequently as they used to (I wrote about how to reverse that here).

Even in communities that are home to growing churches, the overall percentage of the population that attends church continues to drop, especially among under 30s.

Recently, the Barna Group released a new survey citing (among others) five compelling reasons church attending continues to decline, particularly among Millennials (those 30 and under).

The good news is that once you spot the trends, you can work at reversing them.

 

5 Reasons People Have Stopped Attending Your Church

In the study, Barna cites 5 specific reasons Millennials have stopped attending church that drew my attention:

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How to Create an Energy Management List and Why Every Leader Should Have One

Almost every leader I know has a task list. (Come to think of it, I think  school children carry task lists these days.)

That’s awesome.

If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to track your to do list.

At various points I’ve used everything from a piece of paper, to sticky notes, to the notes app on my phone, to my calendar, to my inbox, to Evernote to track to dos, just trying to get better.

We could end the post there (just get a new app!), but chances are no matter how great your task management system is, you’re probably still feeling a bit overwhelmed right now as you look at your massive to do list.

No app can fix that.

But maybe this can.

What if you created an energy management list? It will  take you very little time, and it has the potential to change everything from your productivity to how you feel about your job.

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