If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, December is fun, right?
Unfortunately, most ministry leaders I’ve run into don’t feel that way. In fact, most people I know in vocational ministry look forward to the last week in December when they finally get some breathing room.
It’s not that we don’t love Christmas or what it stands for. And most pastors are genuinely excited for the people who will be coming to a Christmas Eve service who need to hear that God loves them and how Jesus’ coming and eventual death is a very real picture of that love.
But even when things are going well, most of us are relieved when December 25th is behind us. And if things aren’t going well—in ministry, in our family, or just in our hearts—December can feel like a marathon we never wanted to run.
And it shouldn’t be that way.
Could it be different? I think so (and I say that as someone who has also been overwhelmed in December). But it takes intentionality, and it takes work. I don’t think Jesus intended the celebration of his birth to be the cause of stress and even burnout for those who lead his Church. Here are some things we can do differently in the weeks leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth:Continue Reading