Everyone agrees that healthy leaders make for healthy ministries. The question for each pastor to answer is, “Who’s responsible for my health?”
Who’s responsible for me? Bottom line? Let’s keep this simple…
I am responsible for my health and growth.
No one is going to make my choices for me.
The Apostle Paul challenged Timothy…
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – Paul (2 Timothy 1:5-7)
Unsure about your level of health?
5 Essential Questions: (1 is “Great” – 5 is “Lousy”)
#1 – How is my relationship with Jesus? ________
#2 – How is my relationship with my spouse (and kids)? ________
#3 – How is my relationship with my lead team? ________
#4 – How are my relationships with friends? ________
#5 – How are my relationships with outsiders? ________
Find a partner and take turns answering the following questions concerning your own spiritual health…
Check one… I am in the “pit” _______ “prison” _______ “palace” ______ or “path” ______
Describe your personal devotional life (Scripture, prayer, meditation, memorization, etc) in three words…
How much would your spouse or a close friend say you have grown as a Christ-follower in the past year?
What may be your Top 3 challenges to a deeper relationship with the Lord…
Share one insight you have gained that has contributed to your spiritual health…
What do your numbers tell you? Who have you given permission to hold you accountable for holistic health?
Yes, family, staff and lay-leaders can and should contribute to a healthy environment for all. However, own your health as you seek to lead by example. Stay tuned for more on what it means to be healthy and how to stay healthy in the next post… “What is a PEAK Pastor?”